Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dame Sarah Cares about Worthy Race

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dame Sarah Cares about Worthy Race

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

DAME Sarah Storey has her hunger back after entering Paralympic folklore in the summer. But one of a series of life-changing events at the back end of 2012 means she may have to sit on the sidelines when the UK's most successful road cycling series comes to County Durham.

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines starts and finishes in Durham City on October 6, and follows a 78-mile route around the county.

Dame Sarah, who equalled Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson's 11 Paralympic gold medals in London, is an ambassador for the event but will probably have to cheer from the sidelines.

In between her London 2012 heroics and being made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, she announced that she is expecting her first child in June.

"We don't believe in doing things one at a time!" joked the 35-year-old, who is married to coach Barney.

"We're very excited about becoming parents and balancing that with training but it's all part of life's rich tapestry!

"I don't know how things are going to work after the baby's born "But if I'm not there I'm going to be supporting the event from afar and tweeting a lot of support for the event and for Marie Curie.

"It will be great to see people raise as much money as possible."

As Sarah Bailey, Dame Sarah swam at her first four Paralympics, making her debut in Barcelona as a 14-year-old, before a series of ear infections saw her switch to cycling in Beijing. After four golds in London she was shortlisted for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The worry for the successes of Great Britain's 2012 team is how they will motivate themselves knowing they will never replicate the feeling of standing on top of a podium in front of a passionate home crowd. Dame Sarah has had no problems.

"Every Games stands out for different reasons," argued Storey, born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb. …

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