HUGE hearted athletes dug deep into their reserves to complete the Trifitmarbella Big Challenge this weekend raising thousands to help buy prosthetics for amputee Sarah Almagro Vallejo, in association with charity Somos Tu Ola.
At just 17, Sarah, from Marbella, became ill with bacterial meningitis infection and later sepsis which meant the life saving amputation of her hands and feet.
Her kidney was also damaged and she is now on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Moved by her story, local athletes Christopher Grenfell and Jansen Riley, with the support of fellow sportsmen, pledged to complete the ultimate in sporting endurance challenge, the 24 hour ironman distance ultra triathlon.
This involved an amazing 5km swim from the Mediterranean beaches of Marbella, from Hippopotamus Beach to Marbella Cable Beach.
This was followed immediately by 200km of undulating cycling with big climbs from the Marbella Arch to the historic Granada City Centre, rounding up with a 50km run up the highest tarmac road in Europe to Pico Veleta which towers over Granada Provence.
Appealing for support prior to the mammoth challenge, Christopher said: “As a bright sporty girl Sarah remains confident of the future and I believe with your help we can make her future life a bit easier, thanking you in advance.”
And his words did not fall on deaf ears with almost €4,331 already raised.
Christopher added: “With support and fund-raising, which means help from you all, Sarah will have the medical care and facilities she needs to enable her to make a bright and positive future for herself.
“Also giving her parents, family and friends the support they need to watch Sarah develop into the life she deserves.”
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