A MOTHER-OF-TWO is battling through injury to compete in the Edinburgh marathon tomorrow.
Sarah Kuster, of Cambrian Way, Swadlincote, is already a marathon veteran having competed in the London event twice and is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to raise awareness of childhood cancer.
Mrs Kuster is running the marathon for the Liberty Rose Trust – set up in honour of Castle Gresley younger, Liberty Rose Finn, who was rediagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year.
She said: “It is a different course to London so I have no idea what it will be like as it is a relatively new marathon.
“I raised so much money last year, about £1,600, that I needed to keep going because every pound counts.”
The 32-year-old just missed out on finishing last year’s London marathon in five hours, by recording a finishing time of 5:05, despite battling cramp.
She said: “Training has been really tough because I have just started a new job and I am a mother too.
“I also picked up an injury but if Liberty can keep going then so can I.
“Dawn and Carl, Liberty’s parents think it is amazing - they are so overwhelmed.”
Liberty was diagnosed with optic chaism glioma a tumour which coiled around her optical nerve - when she was just eight months old.
The parents of the youngster, who has a twin sister Destiny Mai, set up The Liberty Rose Trust in 2009 in order to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research Centre, and the Neuro and Oncology Children’s Services at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
The Trust also raises awareness of childhood cancer, with Mrs Kuster adding: “Just one per cent of Government funding goes on research for brain tumours in children despite it being the biggest killer.
“The trust’s money is spent on raising awareness and supporting families by providing financial aid in the form of treats for brain tumour children and siblings. We actively raise awareness and support the children’s brain tumour research centre Nottingham.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Mrs Kuster can visit www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Kuster2/ or text LIBS77 and the amount to 70070.