Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Rescued rider's run for charity helicopter

An equestrian event rider rescued by Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance will be swapping her stirrups for a pair of running shoes when she takes part in an ultra marathon for the life-saving charity.

Sarah Hayter, 36, was competing in the Munstead Horse Trials in Surrey when she fell off and was kicked in the head by her horse Potty Pony.

The mother-of-one, from Broad Oak, East Sussex, was flown to a specialist neurological centre in London and has since made a full recovery.

Now, five years later, she is preparing to put her best feet forward for the London to Brighton Challenge in May - a 100km run and walk.

She said: “It’s such a crazy thing for me to do because I’m not particularly sporty and I only started running last year when I did a couple of mud runs and a few 10ks.

“For me, it’s going to be an achievement verging on the side of ridiculous. I would like to run it but if I run, walk or even crawl it, it’s still an achievement.”

Sarah was knocked unconscious and had to be given emergency treatment by the Air Ambulance doctor and paramedic following her accident in March, 2008.

She was then flown to King’s College Hospital in London in 25 minutes – a journey that would have taken more than an hour by road.

Sarah has so far raised £614 of her target £1,000 and can be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/sarah-hayter

On Sunday, April 28th, she will be holding a raffle at The Swan Inn at Dallington to boost her fundraising and local businesses are being urged to donate prizes.

Last year, Sarah’s fellow horse riders and farriers posed for a calendar called 50 Shades of Dapple Grey which raised £700 for the South East Eventers League.

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