London Marathon runner from Northants injured by hit-and-run cyclist while training

Sabirah Shefta was knocked over by a cyclist at Pitsford Water while training for the London Marathon
Sabirah Shefta was knocked over by a cyclist at Pitsford Water while training for the London Marathon
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A woman who has been training for the London Marathon for 12 months may not be able to compete after being knocked over by a cyclist.

Sabirah Shefta, of Harpole, was running at Pitsford Water on Easter Sunday when a cyclist came up behind her and caused her to lose her balance.

Sabirah Shefta was knocked over by a cyclist at Pitsford Water while training for the London Marathon

Sabirah Shefta was knocked over by a cyclist at Pitsford Water while training for the London Marathon

The 27-year-old struck her leg against a large rock as she fell and suffered a deep cut below a knee.

The cyclist did not stop, but Ms Shefta was helped by another cyclist and two people who were walking round the reservoir at the time.

The injury to her leg required eight stitches.

Ms Shefta, who has run the Great North Run half marathon five times but never run a marathon, said she did not believe she had been injured deliberately by the cyclist.

She said: “I think it was one of those things. He may not have realised he had knocked me over.

“I think I fell on the largest rock in Pitsford.”

Ms Shefta said she was still hoping to take her place in this year’s marathon and was hoping to raise £1,500 for Health Poverty Action, an international organisation helping to strengthen the health of poor and marginalised people.

She said: “I will find out whether I can run when they take the stitches out.

“It was just soft tissue damage and I didn’t damage any tendons or bones.

“If I can’t take part I will defer my place for next year.”

The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 26.