Manager takes on 26-mile hike despite recent hip operation

A human resources manager at a Burgess Hill business completed a 26-mile hike '“ despite having undergone a hip replacement just a few months earlier.

Sara Gibb with her colleagues at Bio-Productions in Burgess Hill
Sara Gibb with her colleagues at Bio-Productions in Burgess Hill

Sara Gibb, 55, from Sompting, raised more than £1,100 for Cancer Research UK through the Race For Life Hike across the South Downs.

She has worked for Bio-Productions – a cleaning chemicals company – at Victoria Industrial Estate in Victoria Road since moving to Sussex from Cambridgeshire last year.

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She entered the event in January and began her training, but just four months later, she underwent a hip operation at the Horder Centre near Crowborough, the business said.

She told the Middy: “The operation did get in the way of my routine. But I was determined to still enter, although I admit that I walked rather than hiked for some of the way.”

She said raising funds with through the walk from Falmer to Eastbourne meant a lot to her, having lost several close friends and family members to cancer.

Angela Gill, managing director at Bio-Productions, which has helped Sara boost her sponsorship with initiatives including a dress down Friday, added: “Sara’s enthusiasm and commitment to the event has been amazing.