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When Wakefield runner, Sarah Scott approached us about supporting her virtual marathon in aid of Mind by donating sunflower seeds, we were only too happy to help.

When Sarah’s plans to run the London Marathon with her brother, Robert were curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, she decided to host her own virtual event to coincide with the Yorkshire Marathon in memory of her sister who committed suicide in December 2019.

Sarah and a team of 50 friends from Running Fit Yorkshire and Stanley Rodillions ran a socially distanced marathon in aid of Mind on October 18th; the date that the Yorkshire Marathon should have taken place.

Sarah said: “Thank you, Tong for the donation of sunflower seeds. Sunflowers were my sister’s favourite flowers, so it was lovely to include these in the goody bags as a memento of the virtual race.”

Our Head of Marketing, Jo Dales was pleased to help the fundraising initiative: “The benefits of gardening on mental health are well documented and it’s been a pleasure to help Sarah and her team to raise valuable funds for Mind.”

With funds still coming in, the team hope to raise £2,000 and Sarah also sourced Yorkshire crisps, pork pie, brownies, water, a Leeds Mind tea shirt and a medal for the goody bags.

Sarah has been running for 13 years and this will be her fourth marathon. The route went through Wakefield, Thornes, Ossett, Earls Heaton, Kirkham Gate, Outwood and Wrenthorpe.

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