Gone are the amateur days of sport when elite athletes also had day jobs. Or are they? Take a Ms Sarah Sellers. In a nod to a bygone era, the nurse at Banner Health Centre in Arizona, who wakes up at 4am in the morning to train before her 0630 shift, came runners-up in the women’s 2018 Boston Marathon. Clocking a time of two hours, 44 minutes and four seconds, and without a sponsor or agent in sight, the 26 year old finished just minutes behind the winner, Desiree Linden, a two time Olympian. And it was no one-off as Ms Sellers qualified to run in Boston after she won a 26.2 miler in Utah, the only other marathon she has competed in. Even so, she only decided to stump up the $185 entrance fee to take part in the world’s longest running marathon when she found out that her brother was also running. Money well spent. For thanks to her heroic run, the former college track and field athlete scooped up $75,000 in prize money. It seems no one was more shocked by her performance than the nurse herself. “Looking at the field of athletes assembled yesterday, I would have been ecstatic to finish in the top 15,” she told the BBC. “People knew I ran – but it took me by complete surprise so it’s taken them by surprise too.” Not bad for a part-timer.