In­spired by grandpa to take on marathon

Grand­daugh­ter is rais­ing funds for Alzheimer’s

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RUN­NING this year’s Lon­don Marathon was ‘par­tic­u­larly poignant’ for one young woman from Uxbridge.

Amy Sawtell, 26, fin­ished her first marathon in five hours, six min­utes and 24 sec­onds, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Re­search UK.

Her Grand­fa­ther, Harold Sawtell, who has lived in Ruis­lip all his life, was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease eight years ago.

Ms Sawtell said: “The marathon it­self was par­tic­u­larly poignant for me as my grandpa spent most of his work­ing life in Lon­don as tele­phone en­gi­neer at Sel­fridges.

“The marathon was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. I’d never even been to watch be­fore so it was to­tally over­whelm­ing. The crowd re­ally pull you through.”

Ms Sawtell, who works as a mer­chan­diser for Marks & Spencer, is ask­ing for sup­port from her lo­cal com­mu­nity for the ‘cruel dis­ease.’

She added: “There were days when my boyfriend had to drag me out of the house to run. All of the pain of train­ing for the past six months was worth it.”

87-year-old Mr Sawtell and his wife Pa­tri­cia are well known in the Ruis­lip com­mu­nity. They were in­volved with the 6th Perivale Scout Group and would help make cos­tumes for their pro­duc­tions.

Ms Sawtell’s em­ployer are aim­ing to match any dona­tions made. To find out more, visit www. vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ amy­sawtell

n RUN­NER: Amy Sawtell with her grandad Harold and left, tak­ing part in the Lon­don Marathon

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