Pictures: Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run

Runners take part in the Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run

Runners take part in the Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run - Credit: Marie Hammond

Runners of all ages turned out at the Terence McMillan Stadium in memory of a young athlete who died in an accident nearly 20 years ago.

Marie Hammond (centre) with some of the participants

Marie Hammond (centre) with some of the participants - Credit: Marie Hammond

Around 120 people took part in the Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run, which was organised by family and friends as a way to remember the 24-year-old and raise money in her name.

Sarah’s mother Marie said that she hoped to raise £2,000 for Barts Charity, which supports research and equipment for the hospitals within Barts Health NHS Trust.

Marie added: “There were lots of children and families, which was great to see.”

She presented the fastest finishers in each category with a prize, while everyone that crossed the finish line was handed a medal for participating.

Marie presents a young winner with her prize

Marie presents a young winner with her prize - Credit: Marie Hammond


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The fun run, now in its 18th year, is a five kilometre run around the stadium, attached to Newham Leisure Centre where Sarah worked.

She was a founder member of the East End Road Runners club and competed for Newham and Essex Beagles for several years before her death in August 1997.

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To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/sarahsfunrun

Participants warm up on the starting line

Participants warm up on the starting line - Credit: Marie Hammond

Ready, set...go!

Ready, set...go! - Credit: Marie Hammond

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