Six-day ultra marathon for Kent fitness instructor with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease

Olivia Miller
Picture by Sarah Frow

A Fitness Instructor at Kent’s Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy (PCIT), who has Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, is set to run from Winchester to Canterbury over six consecutive days.

Sarah Frow was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease two years ago, aged only 44. She will take on the Pilgrims’ Way journey, an ancient pilgrimage route of over 140 miles, to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease and to raise funds for the PCIT – a unique treatment and research centre offering tailored non-drug therapies.

Beginning her journey on Monday 27 May, Sarah will effectively run 20-30 miles a day for six days, concluding her run on Saturday 1 June at the University’s Canterbury campus where the PCIT is based.

Sarah’s schedule is:

Monday 27 May: Winchester to Upper Froyle

Tuesday 28 May: Upper Froyle to Guildford

Wednesday 29 May: Guildford to South Croydon

Thursday 30 May: South Croydon to Rochester

Friday 31 May: Rochester to Charing

Saturday 1 June: Charing to Canterbury

Following Sarah’s diagnosis she has redefined her approach to exercise – she now sees it as a tool to empower her brain and slow the disease’s progression.

Sarah Frow said: ‘I was seeking a physical challenge which was gruelling yet inspirational. A friend suggested running part of the Pilgrims’ Way, and I thought why not take it a step further and do the entire route!

‘I am raising money for PCIT, as not only is it a great place to work, it is a much needed facility for people living with this complex disease. I hope I can inspire other people living with Parkinson’s to live well, to be active and to be strong!’

Sarah has exceeded her initial £10,000 fundraising target and has now increased this target to £20,000. To learn more about Sarah’s challenge, her training to date and to sponsor her, please visit her JustGiving page.