Sarah Newey

A former soldier is going to run the London Marathon in full military gear, including a 15kg rucksack.

Sarah Newey will run the 26.2-mile course on April 23 to raise £2,500 for Bowel Cancer UK.

She lost her mum and her grandmother to the disease, only a few months apart from each other.

Speaking to the Oswestry Advertizer, she said:

“I decided I had to stand up and do something and so embarked on a fundraising mission"

Before becoming a teacher, Sarah served for six years with the Royal Signals and then as a combat medic.

She is actively involved in marathons and challenges for charities, but recognises that this time it will not be "a walk in the park":

"I’m putting myself through this difficult challenge to make people sit up and pay attention. Go to the doctors if something isn’t quite right."

In 2014, she ran 1,000 miles of obstacle races to raise awareness of cancer.

Also taking on the challenge of the London Marathon are British Soldier Karl Hinnet and his US counterpart Ivan Castro, who were both seriously injured whilst serving in Iraq. 

Having completed the Boston Marathon on Monday, they're now here in London to see if they can make it two in a week!


Hinnet suffered 37 percent burns when a bomb hit his tank in Basra, and Castro was blinded by shrapnel from a mortar blast.

Both men are running for the Heads together charity.