Six runners will take on the 2022 Yorkshire Marathon this weekend to raise money for Day One Trauma Support.
They include Day One staff, trustees, and supporter Sarah Clarke, who has had two life-changing operations at Leeds General Infirmary over the past two years.
Thousands of runners of all abilities will take to the streets of York on Sunday (16 October) before completing either 10miles or a marathon of breathtaking views across the Yorkshire landscape.
Sarah, of Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, had surgery performed by Day One founder Professor Peter Giannoudis. Before the surgery, Sarah was experiencing constant pain and struggled to even walk. Now, with determination and after months of training, she is ready to take on a marathon, just two years later.
And, although Sarah's operations were planned and not a result of a major trauma, she understands the challenges patients face and wants to do her bit to hep Day One be there for people with life-changing injuries. She has helped raise awareness through several interviews with her local BBC radio station.
“Major trauma is something you’re hit with in a split second and you’re whole life is changed. You’ve just gone out to go to work or something normal, but by the end of that day you’re faced with a multitude of changes in your life. Day One are there to offer the support people need.”
Also taking part on Sunday will be Day One staff and trustees, who will complete the 26.2 mile-course as a relay. They include trustees Simon Morrow and Kate Bratt-Farrar, and Day One's Finance Manager Emily Smith and Fundraising Officer Lydia Gray.
We wish Sarah and the whole team the best of luck!