A Burnley woman who moved to Los Angeles is set to take on the New York Marathon in aid of Pendleside.
Sarah Law, 41, is undertaking the feat on 5th November in memory of her husband Stephen’s grandfather, Frank Chester who passed away at the Hospice around 15 years ago.
The couple left Burnley in 2003 to move to France with Stephen’s work at Aircelle, following which they moved to America in 2012. Sarah now manages a background screening company based in LA, and Stephen continues to work as supply chain manager for Aircelle’s affiliate SAFRAN USA.
Sarah, who has previously run the LA marathon, signed up for the New York Marathon place lottery with her husband on a spur of the moment decision. However, Stephen was unsuccessful in gaining a place.
“I am not a natural runner; however, we run to keep fit. My husband has completed several marathons and I have completed the LA marathon in 2016. LA was really hot and very hard so I am looking for a cooler marathon to hopefully help with a personal best,” she said.
“I’ve been in training running five or six times a week. The training is tough during summer but hopefully I’ll be ready. The most challenge aspect of the race will be the distance – I love races, they are much easier than a long training run because of the atmosphere, but I am not built to run and 26.2 miles is a long way.”
Sarah, who lived in Buttermere Road near Worsthorne, worked for several Burnley companies including Pollard and Bower Solicitors. She will be supported along the race by Stephen and their daughters Hannah and Charlotte, who is currently studying at The University of Manchester.
“I decided to run the New York Marathon for Pendleside Hospice as Stephen’s grandfather, Frank Chester, passed away at the Hospice and we will always remember the care provided to him, and family members. They were wonderful, treating Frank with dignity and compassion. We regularly donate at Christmas and it’s a wonderful cause.
“I’m also running in memory of Kenneth Law, Stephen’s other grandfather and my grandfather George Whiteside, who passed away before their time and were very positive influences in both our lives and who were big supporters of the Hospice.”