Marathon Sally aims to cook up charity funds

PUBLISHED: 15:34 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34 12 March 2015

Bradham Lane resident Sally Blower will be running the London Marathon in a few weeks time and in doing so raising money for Debra, a charity thatsupports children with genetic skin conditions. Ref exe 8940-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bradham Lane resident Sally Blower will be running the London Marathon in a few weeks time and in doing so raising money for Debra, a charity thatsupports children with genetic skin conditions. Ref exe 8940-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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An Exmouth runner is preparing to take on her first-ever London Marathon, with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for a children’s charity.

Sally Blower, 38, of Bradham Lane, has been running with the Exmouth Running Belles for the last four years, and decided the time was right for the marathon as her children Jake, six, and Sam, four, have now started school - and she wanted to do it before turning 40.

Sally said: “I took up running to regain some ‘me’ time - a time when I was not referred to by whose mother I was. Getting fitter and gaining some amazing friends have been brilliant extras.”

Sally decided to enter the marathon after achieving a personal best in last year’s Great West Run in Exeter.

She said: “That run really gave me confidence that I can run London well, especially knowing that there aren’t any Devon hills!”

Sally has since had her confidence further boosted, having achieved a further personal best in the Surrey Half Marathon last weekend.

In running the London Marathon, which takes place on April 26, Sally is collecting sponsorship which will go to the charity Debra, a cause of which her family are long-term supporters.

The charity raises money to support children and families affected by the genetic skin condition EB.

Sally says she is aiming to raise £2,500 for the charity, and is hoping to give her fundraising campaign a boost with a quiz night and barbecue.

This will take place at Christ Church in North Street next Saturday, March 21, at 7pm. The quiz will be between teams of six, with entry £10 per person, and there will be barbecue food cooked by Sally’s husband and ‘barbecue king’ Matt.

To book a table, contact Sally by emailing sallyblower@btinternet.com, or calling 07805 441136.

If you can’t make the event, Sally is also collecting sponsorship online at www.justgiving.com/Sally-Blower.


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