Sarah got a soaking

Great North Run: Spalding competitor Sarah O'Brien
Great North Run: Spalding competitor Sarah O'Brien

RAIN put an end to Spalding teacher Sarah O’Brien’s bid to complete The Great North Run on Sunday in a personal best time.

She ran 1.59hr last year but this year’s driving rain meant she came home in 2.02hr.

Sarah (30), who teaches Year Nine at The Priory School, said the day started in brilliant sunshine but then everything changed after the runners set off.

She said: “Probably about half an hour or 45 minutes into it, it just lashed it down. As soon as we crossed the finishing line the sun shone again.”

But the good news is Sarah is well on target to raise £500-£550 for her chosen charity, Action Medical Research.

The charity itself came to Sarah’s rescue at the end of the run by giving her a couple of T-shirts to slip on so she could warm up.

Sunday was Sarah’s third Great North Run and she’s just learned she will have a place for the first time in next year’s London Marathon, where she will again raise money for Action Medical Research.

She said the camaraderie at the Great North Run is second to none and there is a brilliant atmosphere among the 54,000 runners.

There was a particularly poignant moment as the Red Arrows flew over as the wife of Flt Lt Jon Egging, the Red Arrows pilot killed in a crash this summer, was present at the event.

Sarah has also been raising money for Action Medical Research as half of the musical duo Taylor’s Angel.