SARAH Ridehalgh is looking to rewrite the Accrington Road Runner’s record books again in Sunday’s London Marathon.
The 32-year-old has already collected the 10km, 10 mile and half marathon records at the club and just needs the marathon one to make it a clean sweep.
It means she has to knock four minutes off her personal best - and she is hopeful she can do it over the 26 mile 385 yard course.
Last year, in the heat, she ran three hours 22 minutes and needs three hours 18 minutes to break Donna Beardmore’s 2005 record.
"That is my aim and I also want three hours 15 minutes which means I will line up on the elite start at next year’s London Marathon," said Sarah, from Oswaldtwistle.
"Training has gone well. I have been coached by Hyndburn coach Don Lennon for about a year now and we have concentrated on quality rather than quantity.
"You never know what can happen on the day in the marathon but I am hoping to break the club record.
"It would mean a lot to me. I obviously want to better my time from last year and will be pushing myself to do it - but you never know."
Sarah ran the 10k at Ribble Valley last December in 38.23 to break the club record; she then ran 10 miles in 63 minutes and 55 seconds at Derwentwater and she broke the club’s half marathon record at last year’s Great North Run in Newcastle in one hour 23 minutes and 12 seconds.
"I have been training since January for the marathon and have been doing between 40 and 50 miles a week," said Sarah.
"The longest run has been about 20 miles but we have been track training and working hard.
"Don has a tough regime and I train with a lot of the youngsters but he keeps me motivated."
Sarah was a late starter to running, taking part in the Race for Life around five years ago and getting the bug.
She has kept improving and has the support of her husband, Anthony, and she is also running for charity, the East Lancs Hospice.
"I run for them every time I do a marathon as they treated my father-in-law Trevor who died three years ago. I think I have raised about £4000 over the four years."
Sarah is travelling down on the Accrington Road Runners coach which will be full of runners from the area - including a number from Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.
One of the Harriers runners is Kitty Garnett, who is in the Over 65 category, and she is running her 21st London Marathon and is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society.
She did the marathon in a staggering four hours 30 minutes last year.
To sponsor Sarah, go to www.justgiving.com - sarahridehalgh.
For Kitty contact: 01282 776 042.
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