‘They told me I would never run a marathon’

Sammy aims to run her first marathon for the hospital that cared for her dad after a ‘shock’ stroke.


Sammy Lambert will run her first ever marathon this Sunday as she aims to raise money for the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust at the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.

Following a ‘shock’ stroke that her dad suffered in 2016, Sammy, who works at the trust, was inspired to take on a challenge and said: “It was a real wake-up call and a huge shock, I decided the time was right to run the Yorkshire Marathon.

“Somebody told me that ‘I would never run a marathon’, which spurred me on even further to take on the challenge.

“When I started, I couldn’t run for 100 yards. But I’m now regularly running long distances thanks to Run York and Sweat Equity, who have been really supportive and believed in me from the beginning.”

When Sammy crosses the finish line on Sunday 14th she will be handing a huge fundraising boost to the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. The charity funds specialist equipment, training and services for the hospital which cared for Sammy’s dad following his stroke.

 “My dad has had to use a lot of different NHS departments, including the cardiology department, who along with the charity, have been fantastic and really supportive”, said Sammy.

“My husband lost his father when he was young - even though his father was fit, healthy and a keen runner.

“So with my husband’s father and the recent care my own dad has received in mind, I wanted to raise valuable funds for the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust”

32-year-old Sammy’s marathon training has been rocky to say the least. In 2017, she was unable to run for 17 weeks following medical advice.

No matter how many knocks are thrown at Sammy, she is determined to finish this year’s Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.

“I’ve got the opportunity to support the cardiology department after how fantastic they have been to both me and my family – there’s no way I’m going to let them down now.”

Sammy’s fundraising can be supported via her Just Giving page http://justgiving.com/sammysyorkshiremarathon

More information on the 2018 Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon can be found https://www.runforall.com/events/marathon/yorkshire-marathon/

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