Sarah, 30, is part of a team that took part in the X-Runner wild thing extreme obstacle course in Brailsford; a 10k muddy run over 60 obstacles including the ‘swamp of doom’, water slides, tightropes, tunnels and monkey bars.
The team, which also includes Sarah’s husband, is raising money for the Little Princess Trust which provides real-hair wigs for children undergoing treatment for cancer and other illnesses.
Sarah, who could barely run a mile before March, has been training hard since returning to Lodge House last year after the birth of her second child. “I thought it would be a good way of motivating myself to get back in shape after having the kids” she said.
“It was my friend’s idea after she and my husband ran the course last year. When I heard about the charity we were raising for, I had to get involved.”
Staff at the surface mine, just off Heanor Road have been supportive of Sarah’s efforts and are digging deep to sponsor her for the challenge which took place on 8 September.
Sarah has joined a team from Nottingham-based ESP Cars and they ran head-to-head against Derby firm Imperial Commercials to add a bit more drama to the event. “Between the two teams we’re trying to raise £2,000 for the charity so we need as much help as we can get” Sarah said.
Donations can be placed online by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Team-ESP-vs-Team-VW.
Pictured left to right crossing the finish line: Emma Bulgin, Eri Cresswell, Wayne Ball, Jason Stockley, Julie Ball and Sarah Smith.