Super Sarah takes on marathon challenge

Date published: 25 May 2018 14:04
Dated: 25 May 2018 18:30:34

If you’re planning to put your feet up and relax over the Bank Holiday weekend, send some good luck thoughts to one of our Superintendents who will certainly not be putting her feet up as she takes on her first marathon.

This Sunday, 27 May, Barnsley Superintendent Sarah Poolman will join over 30,000 runners as they take part in the Edinburgh marathon.  

Supt Poolman will be running alongside her brother after they pledged to run a marathon together 16 years ago. Together they will be raising money for the NSPCC, a cause close to Supt Poolman’s heart.

“The NSPCC is such a worthwhile charity, protecting and supporting vulnerable children. Having worked in child abuse units across South Yorkshire and other forces, protecting vulnerable children and bringing the perpetrators before court, it was a natural decision to raise money for them.

“So far I’ve raised over £730, which is way beyond the target, so I’m really pleased. Anything we can raise on top of that would be a bonus.”

Training for a marathon is never easy and with the demands of the role of Superintendent - along with shift patterns and supporting a family -  training has certainly been challenging, as Supt Poolman explains.

“Thanks to winter sticking around until April, I’ve had to battle snow drifts, dark mornings and plenty of downpours during my training. It certainly hasn’t been easy, balancing work, training and having two young children, but that said I have enjoyed it overall.

“Training has at times been both physically and mentally tough, however, running is so important to me. It not only improves my fitness and overall health, but releases endorphins and makes me feel better! For me, it clears away stress and without running, coping with the pressures of a demanding job and supporting a family would be even more challenging!”

Living out near the Peak District, Supt Poolman has been running on some pretty hilly terrain, which will hopefully stand her in good stead for the marathon, dubbed as a flat and fast course.

She said: “I usually set off too fast, but hopefully, due to the amount of runners, I’ll be restrained during the first few miles! I am looking forward to it now and I’m pleased I’ll be running alongside my brother – but I’m also looking forward to the holiday I’ve got booked with my family afterwards! Best of luck to everyone running on Sunday, too.”

To donate to the NSPCC via Supt Poolman’s JustGiving page, visit

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