A TOP triathlete from Thurlby, who regularly trains with new Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee and his bronze-medal-winning brother Jonathan, has been raising money in Stamford to take part in her own race.
Sara Mickleburgh, 24, from Park View, in Thurlby, is currently training for the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand, in October.
She will be competing in the 20 to 24 age group category for Great Britain at the event, but needs to raise at least £1,500 to do so.
To raise the necessary funds the former Bourne Grammar School pupil has been collecting donations while she undertakes a stationary cycle ride.
Sara said: “I can’t believe the support I have had. The response has been absolutely phenomenal.
Sara has completed six sessions in the town, based in High Street on Fridays, and in Red Lion Square on Saturdays, spending up to seven hours on her bike each day.
Sara said: “There are people who saw me here on the first weekend and have come back repeatedly to support me, even if it is just to give 50p.”
Since the Olympics started Sara, who is a member of Stamford Tri Club, has noticed an increase in interest.
She said: “The Olympics have been great. It has definitely advertised the sport well and ever since the Brownlee brothers did so well, families and kids have been coming up to me and they are so clued up on it all.”
One young girl inspired by Sara’s actions event brought her a card and a teddy to wish her good luck.
After this weekend’s generous donations Sara hopes to have reached her target.