Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Barnstaple mum running in memory of her best friend’s sister

12:56 11 April 2014

Sally Beaumont is running the London Marathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Sally Beaumont is running the London Marathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust


Sally under starter’s orders despite only having 11 weeks to prepare for marathon challenge.

Sally's best friend's sister Louise, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis.Sally's best friend's sister Louise, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis.

A BARNSTAPLE woman is getting ready to run the London marathon in memory of her best friend’s sister.

Having tried to gain a place since 2006, Sally Beaumont will finally get to take on the challenge after being given a golden bond by her chosen charity the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – just 11 weeks before the big day!

Sally, 35, has a personal connection to the charity, after her friend’s sister Louise died of the illness eight years ago. She was just 34.

“It gives me the motivation to keep running,” she said. “I can’t let Louise down more than anything.

“When I got the phone call to say I’d got a place I just started crying.

“It wasn’t until a couple of days later that I realised it was only 11 weeks away!

“It didn’t take a lot of thought to say yes though, In some respects I think it’s quite good I had such short notice as you just have to get on with it.”

So far, Sally, an administrator at the Army Reserve in Barnstaple, has raised about £600 of her £2,014 target, but is hoping to see that figure boosted after the big day through fundraising table top sales and a themed night out.

“I’m chuffed that I got in and I’ll be so happy once I’ve finished it – it will be nice to get back to normality.”

To support Sally and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, visit her Virgin Giving page at


Other News Stories

A new northern breakwater sheltering the harbour would be a huge boost to Ilfracombe.

‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’: North Devon Council has lodged funding bids asking for tens of millions of pounds

Read more
Money is being set aside to expand Sticklepath Community School in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Council expected to rubber stamp half-a-million-pound scheme to boost pupil numbers in west of town.

Read more
The 'cells' of Barnstaple up for flood defence review in the JBA Consulting study

North Devon Council must embark on a multi-million-pound flood defence programme to protect hundreds of houses in Barnstaple.

Read more
Newcross Barnstaple branch manage Alix Ripley is welcomed on board by operations director Geoff White. Picture: Submitted

Firm expands into North Devon with full-time positions for more than 100 healthcare professionals

Read more
Richard Prowse (left) welcomes new North Devon Theatres chairman Richard Purchase

Trust welcomes former NHS chairman on board

Read more
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones

North Devon’s MP Peter Heaton-Jones said it was ‘welcome’ news to retain South Molton beds, but ‘disappointing’ to see Ilfracombe beds remain shut.

Read more
Atlantic Village will be hosting a street food event this weekend.

The Street Food Warehouse is coming to Bideford this weekend and promises a range of treats from pizza to Cajun chicken.

Read more
Scenes from Princess Anne's visit to Lynton and Lynmouth earlier this year.

The Princess Royal will be visiting Holsworthy on October 19 to visit new livestock market.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:56
SPECIAL moment: Lou Cataldo, who did much to forge the links between Barnstable and Barnstaple, meets Cllr Roome, Cllr Vernon and clerk Anne Jenkins.

Historian who forged links with Barnstaple in North Devon has died aged 95

Read more
Yesterday, 12:14
A decison of community beds was made at North Devon District Hospital this morning. Picture: Andy Keeble

In-patient beds will be retained in South Molton and Holsworthy.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications