Missing runner found after vanishing following seven-day marathon challenge

Kerry McCarthy
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Photo credit: Facebook/SarahThomson - Facebook
Photo credit: Facebook/SarahThomson - Facebook

From Runner's World

Distance runner Sarah Thomson has been found safe and well after she went missing at the weekend.

Earlier last week Thomson had completed a challenge for mental health charity, Mind, involving running seven marathons in seven days. She ran the final marathon last Tuesday in three hours and forty minutes.

The police were contacted on Saturday after she was reported missing, and said they were concerned for her welfare. A search was instituted in her hometown of Newquay, Cornwall which was widened to include coastguard and helicopters.

But she has now been found safe and well. On Sunday evening Inspector Guy Blackford, Police Inspector for Newquay and Saint Columb Major, Cornwall, tweeted: 'Missing person now located. Thank you to everyone for the assistance HM Coastguard and NPAS South West.'

Sarah has a strong fitness background. She is a former RAF fitness instructor, a former professional surfer and has appeared on ITV's 'Bear Grylls Survival School'.

After completing the challenge she posted an update on Facebook in which she said that she undertook the challenge partly to help her own mental health.

'When I first planned to do these 7 in 7, the primary motivation was to put something in place to save my own head,' she said.

'I looked back over my life and identified what I was doing when I was really happy and comparatively what was missing from that right now.

'I have now realised that sporting competition is definitely a big factor in happiness for me.’

As of earlier this afternoon, Thomson’s JustGiving page had raised £8,153 for Mind.

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