A Dewsbury woman is taking on the world’s biggest half marathon as she looks to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.
Sara Wallace, 21, will be running the Great North Run on Sunday, September 11 to help fund Heart Research UK’s pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
It is a charity that Sara can certainly relate to as many of her family have been affected by heart issues.
Her grandmother, Dorothy Wallace, died aged just 62 after suffering a fatal heart attack in 1999.
Dorothy’s siblings also died in their 40’s from the same condition.
Her husband and Sara’s grandfather, Kenneth Wallace, was 80 when he died from coronary heart failure.
He had a quadruple bypass 10 years prior this and a pacemaker fitted six months before he died in 2013.
Sara’s father, Ian Wallace, 49, also has angina and was just 39 when he began treatment and had heart surgery for the condition in 2006.
He also takes medication to stabilise his angina but this has been reduced as his health has improved.
Sara said: “Knowing how severe these heart conditions are really scares me - especially knowing my dad has suffered from such a young age and now lives on medication.
“I worry that even though he is doing very well now, one day his condition will worsen.”
She is now building up towards the race with regular training. To support Sara, visit: http://tinyurl.com/zu27yer.