Sarah's Marathon Challenge

£23,381 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 10 months
28435986_15211816350_r.jpegHaving lived in Myanmar for over 2.5 years I couldn’t help but be aware of the impact conflict has had on some of the poorest regions of this country.  So, in 2018 I’ve set myself the challenge of running 12 marathons in 12 different countries for charity.  And just because I like numbers – I’m also going to do set an additional goal to run a total of 2018km across the year.
A little more on what is going on in Myanmar:

Years of conflict in Myanmar has left hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in camps in Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Rakhine states.  Displaced people continue to live in over-crowded conditions in shelters that were meant to be temporary and lack basic human rights.  The challenges faced by women and children are particularly pronounced in remote and conflict-affected areas leaving them vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking and abuse.

 In Rakhine the provision of aid has been severely interrupted by the violence in late 2017.  Restricted access has exacerbated existing needs and created new ones.  Since late August, more than 655,000 people have fled Myanmar's Rakhine State into Bangladesh following fighting in the area with widespread violence, death and destruction having been reported in both local and international news. 

 Whilst the marathons I run this year will be tough this is insignificant compared to the struggle these people live with on a daily basis.

The money raised will be split between the following charities:

Center for Social Integrity is an international organization focused on protecting, building peace, and promoting pluralism and tolerance amongst Myanmar's diverse ethnic communities with a focus in Rakhine State.


Community Partners International is a nonprofit organization working for nearly 20 years to address the health needs of Myanmar's underserved populations, particularly in conflict-affected, low-resource and remote areas.  They are also rapidly scaling up their operations in Cox's Bazar to meet the needs of refugees displaced by ongoing violence in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.


*** All donations will be distributed to the above charities and I will be covering all Marathon expenses personally ***

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WordPress -  https://seastonmarathonchallenge.wordpress.com/
Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/seaston.marathonchallenge/
Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/groups/163401454386290/

The schedule:
1) Yoma Yangon International Marathon (Myanmar), January 21, 2018 - 5th female in 3:31)
2) IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon (India), February 04, 2018  - 1st female in 3:25)

3) Bhutan International Marathom (Bhutan), March 03, 2018  - 1st female in 3:42)


4) Run The Great Wall Marathon (China), April 15, 2018 - 1st female in 4:57)

5) Marathon de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel (France), May 27, 2018 - 3rd female in 3:22)


6) Midnight Sun Marathon (Norway), June 16, 2018 -  - 6th female in 3:28
7) Angkor Empire Marathon (Cambodia), August 05, 2018 - 3rd female in 3:33
8) Bangkok Midnight Marathon (Thailand), August 26, 2018 - 3rd non-elite female 3:33

9) Vietnam Mountain Marathon (Vietnam), September 23, 2018 - 1st female, 6:42
10) Hong Kong 50, October 20, 2018 - 5th female, 6:35

11) Penang Marathon (Malaysia), November 25, 2018 - 10th female, 3:38

12) Singapore Marathon (Singapore) - December 8, 2018


 Finally, a massive thank you for any donations you can make - I'll be sending some updates throughout the year to keep you posted on my progress.

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Update 5
Posted by Sarah Easton
1 month ago
And we’ve crossed the final finish line!

Singapore delivered a scorching but stunning morning with some great views over the Marina. Charlie and his sister, Vicki, joined for the half and did a great job especially given she hadn’t had chance to acclimatize. Having Nick as our wonderful host and first non running supporter was great and despite coming back exhausted delivered a top weekend ✌️

In the two weeks since marathon 11 we’ve had a huge push on the fundraising and I’m thrilled we have now raised over £20k. Everyone’s generosity and support had been humbling so thank you so much to you all. I must also thank Charlie for his unending support, the constant banner photos and for not complaining that much ❤️

The fundraising page will remain open for a little longer so any donations you can make in the lead up to Christmas will make a positive impact towards improving the health and well being of vulnerable populations in conflict-affected, hard-to-reach and undeserved communities

*** marathon expenses are self-funded ***
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Update 4
Posted by Sarah Easton
1 month ago
#givingtuesday is the biggest donation day of the year - please share or make a donation in honour of Giving Tuesday.

With 11 marathons down and just 1 to go in less than 2 weeks any donation large or small will be lifesaving relief for a community in desperate need.
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Update 3
Posted by Sarah Easton
4 months ago
8 months through the year and here is an update on where your money has gone:
$5,500 BRAC
$3,000 Centre for Social Integrity
$3,000 Community Partners International
$2,000 Karuna Mission Social Solidarity
$1,100 ActionAid

All remaining donations will be split between Centre for Social Integrity and Community Partners International.
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Easton
10 months ago
Donations received to date:

benpatrick89 $20
Claire Sowden $100
Sam Saxton $50
Jeni Harvey $20
jessica conway $195
k v $241
Lucy Butler $20
Hugo Slade $500
Lanier Zimmer $181
Nicola McIvor $80
Amanda Kellagher $80
Peter Kellagher $50
Hannah Middleton $104
Robin Scott $100
Henry and Clare $250
Gabriel Smales $50
veredkonijnendijk $50
rotkinka $30
Sarah Kellagher $100
Taz Phiri $80
Olly Kyle $100
Nikki Barltrop $120
John Condon $50
Ruth & Hannes Viljoen $70
Elizabeth Webb $30
Jake B $20
barnylucasdc $25
Simon Tankel $50
Maximilian Horsley $200
Dan and Sarah Kemp $75
John Kellagher $50
Rob Kellagher $30
Jonny Patience $50
Kelly Ashford $25
Gurveena Ghataure $100
Peter Bilsborough $100
Sophie Lake $60
swan.lu65 $100
Laurie vickers $30
Aisling and Charles $50
Ralph and Sophie Dundas $100
Issy D'Arcy Clark $50
Ramsay Kerr $50
Ronald Cummings-John $300
Ronan Mellows $50
adriennefjoy $45
A M Kellagher $100
Helen Soutter $50
Maude Morrison $50
Satvir Dosanjh $30
Sara Amps $30
George and hannah $120
William Rowles $50
Fred Fishlockf $100
Jim Harvey $50
Harry Ward $50
Hannah Trees $50
Ryan Wanner $1
HArriet Kyaw Thaung $100
Andy Easton $40
Lucy Easton $100
Amy Kokkinos $40
Richard Clarke $100
Rob Kellagher $25
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