Posted on 6th September 2018
Walking for lives
An HR manager from Sompting has raised over £1100 for Cancer Research UK having completed a Race For Life Hike across the South Downs.
Sara Gibb, 55, entered the mammoth 26-mile event back in January and began training in earnest. Just four months later though and she was having a hip replacement at the world-renowned Horder Centre near Crowborough, but that wouldn’t deter the plucky woman from taking part. The walk from Falmer to Eastbourne meant a lot to Sara who has lost several close friends and family members from the disease.
“The operation did get in the way of my routine”, admits the HR manager who has worked for Burgess Hill-based Bio Productions since moving to Sussex from Cambridgeshire last year. “But I was determined to still enter, although I admit that I walked rather than hiked for some of the way.”
Based on the Victoria Business Park, Bio Productions have helped Sara to boost her sponsorship through initiatives such as a loose change pot in the company canteen and a Dress Down Friday where staff paid to come to work in casual clothing.
“Sara’s enthusiasm and commitment to the event has been amazing”, says Angela Gill who is managing director at Bio Productions which makes award-winning cleaning products for use around the world. “We were all eager to support her determination to succeed and are very proud of her.”
It was an early start though as Sara’s departure slot was soon after sunrise, but her dedication to the cause and months of preparation and lifelong gym work ensured that she completed the course without mishap.
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