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Lorraine Deschamps

Running the 2018 Virgin London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] Everyone who takes on the daunting challenge of the marathon has a story to tell and I hope that when I take on the pavements of London in April, mine will strike a chord with you. This time I will be running for anyone who has ever doubted their ability to make an impact, and the knowledge that I am breaking down so many barriers – internal and external. This is my second time around and what I have learned about myself is that I do love the double-edginess of challenge and achievement.[/p][p] 22 years ago I had something to prove to myself. I had broken my ankle some years earlier – a nasty compound fracture – and had been told I would never run. Whilst this hadn’t stopped me engaging in sport, there was something missing. I had allowed someone else’s barrier to stop me from trying something. Taking on the marathon was an inspired solution. I was motivated, focused, but more importantly, humbled by watching one particular person on TV – an older woman running the London marathon with extreme commitment and passion, like so many others. I figured that if she could, so could I. I overcame my own personal adversity and ran the 1996 London marathon.[/p][p] The second time around, I am that Older woman. And this time I am running for my charity, Sporting Equals. I am putting myself, my body on the line (and my reputation for not being a quitter) for the fight that I believe in – to help remove the barriers to inclusivity and equality, to walk (run!) the talk. I am putting my heart on my sleeve to connect my values with my actions. Connecting 1996 to the present day are the strong women in my life. My dear friend Alexis (who passed away in 2009) was there for me, radiating strength, encouragement and unconditional support at the finishing line, with my then 5-year old daughter Xuxa. In full circle, this year Xuxa will be there with Alexis’ daughter, my god-daughter Sophia. [/p][p] As I pound the pavements my vision is sharp, my task, burden and body getting lighter every day, as I am clear that this challenge represents all that I stand for: the power of self-belief, of friends, family and community, of social justice and crucially the importance of the need for greater cohesion in society.[/p]

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2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018


Sporting Equals

Sporting Equals




Best of luck!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Pete Dickinson

Good luck Lorraine and a great cause

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Hari G P

Good luck Lorraine!

£51.00 plus £12.75 Gift Aid



Great job Lorraine

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



My best wishes Lorraine. Blessed to know you.




Good luck, go for it! Will be thinking of you!!! Dannie and Mike XX

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Hilly Illy Frankie and Oli xxxx

All the very best for Sunday running the London Marathon - having seen your dedication with your training over the past few months, there is no doubt you'll be great! Just make sure you beat the Rhino!! Love and best wishes from us all at Hilly Hall xxxx

£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid


The Tynemouths

Good Luck.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Paul Ward

Wishing you all the very best for the race.




Go Lorraine go! With all my best wishes and love,