Superfit Sarah does first Great North Run

68-year-old Great North Runner, Sarah Magee, was running to support leukaemia charities.
68-year-old Great North Runner, Sarah Magee, was running to support leukaemia charities.

Fund-raising fitness fan Sarah Magee has just completed her first Great North Run - at the age of 68.

Mrs Magee, of Empire Court, Bailff Bridge, goes to her local gym in Brighouse three times a week to keep herself fit and healthy - butt she has never put her fitness to the test until this weekend.

She was inspired to run the 13.1 miles to raise money for a charity which has helped her brother Tony, 72, who lives in Devon and has been battling leukaemia for the past two years.

She has so far raised more than £500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research through her impressive run which saw her finish in two hours and 46 minutes.

Mrs Magee, a widow, said: “I was delighted with my run. I did the first ten miles in two hours and five minutes but I found the last three-and-a-half miles really hard.”

She was joined by another brother, James, 70, and two great nieces Sarah and Katherine. She said: “I wanted to do something for the Leukaemia charity, because they have been so great with my brother.”

Mrs Magee said he was please d with her fund-raising challenge.

“I said to him ‘Do you mind if I put your name on my back, and say I’m running it for my brother Tony’ and he said ‘No, not at all’.

“I’ll probably run it next year too - I’ve got the bug now. It was an amazing atmostphere.”

To donate to the cause, visit www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk.