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Lorna Bailey

The Virgin London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b][i]I DID IT! I RAN THE LONDON MARATHON! [/i][/b][/p][p]What an unbelievable experience from start to finish! It was emotional, empowering, incredible, loud, fun, brilliant, exhausting, exhilarating and wonderful. Thank you to every single one of you who has visited this page to support me or sent words of encouragement throughout the hours and hours of training that went into being able to take on the 26.2 miles on April 28th 2019.[/p][p]If you've donated then words can't really express my gratitude. All the money raised is now going towards the new Terry Garthwaite Fitness Suite at The Disability Resource Centre. It's being named after my Father-in-Law who died suddenly and unexpectedly on April 6th. It's been a huge shock for his family and everyone who knew him. [/p][p]Terry started this whole journey for me. It was his idea to put me forward to run the Marathon for the charity that meant so much to him and which he'd volunteered for over a period of more than a decade. He should have been at the finishing line to see me complete the race - I did my very best to honour him and make him proud. I ran with every ounce of effort I could muster. Thank you for all your support. It means the world. [img][/img][/p][p]********************[/p][p]I’m a Marathon first timer and I'm taking on the Virgin London Marathon 2019! I’m a little bit terrified but I know that your support will help me through it so thank you for visiting my page! I'm delighted to be running for the Disability Resource Centre. This is what they’re all about: [/p][p][i]“Empowering people of all ages who are affected by disability or health conditions to fulfil their potential and aspirations." [/i][/p][p]I think sport is an amazing way to do this and having visited the team at their base in Luton I was really struck by the work they do in their gym to help improve the mental and physical health of those who use it. It was inspiring. It’s just one area of the incredible work they do. Here’s their website - take a look for yourself![/p][p][url=https://www.drcbeds.org.uk/]https://www.drcbeds.org.uk/[/url][/p][p]I’d like to raise as much as I can for the charity and it will definitely help me to face those long, long training runs if you can donate a little money - you will make a difference! [/p][p][br][/p][p]*******************[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]January 2019 - Happy New Year![/i][/b][/p][p]Hope you're having a great start to 2019! The proper training has begun! I'm following a 16 week training programme that's on the VLM Website... I've been busy training as hard as I can and it's all feeling a lot more real now I'm saying "I am doing the London Marathon THIS YEAR!" OMG! So, it was a dry Christmas and New Year for me and then a dry birthday too as I stopped the booze in November to help with my training. I spent a few days away at the start of the month for my 44th birthday in Iceland - it was amazing! No rest for a marathon runner though and it was a challenge to run there as it was dark, very cold and icy! But, I managed a steady 4 miles around the northern most capital city in the world, Reykjavik. I've also done another 10km race. (I've picked up a few injuries now too but I'm managing them okay so far with some orthotics to help my feet and plenty of foam rolling to help a sore calf.) As I write this I've ran more than 30 miles so far this month in training... thank you so much for your support![/p][p][b][i]December 2018[/i][/b][/p][p]On the 9th I’m running a 10km race as part of my training. It’s getting colder out there now and a bit slippery at times too! I’ve already hit one milestone this month with a 12km run - the furthest I’ve ever ran. It was a bit of a mental block to go beyond 10km but that’s done now. Phew! In total I ran 8 times in December covering more than 28 miles.[/p][p][b][i]November 2018[/i][/b][/p][p]Up until this month, I’ve been concentrating on building up some strength in the gym and running a little bit. But now: I’m running! And throughout November I’ve clocked up 26.2 miles in my training! Hooray - a marathon! Now, I’ve just got to do that all in one go... eeeek! [/p]
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May 9, 2019

The Chabi family

Well done Lorna!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Kevin R

Well done Lorna!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019


So impressed! Huge pat on the back.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Mike Byrom

Congratulations Lorna, a wonderful result!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Phil Upton

In total awe of your achievement! Well bloody done! Phil

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019


Well done Lorna

Apr 28, 2019


Well done! You sounded so worried when you chatted to Phil, but you did it!!! Congratulations.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Chris Jo Woody Grace Max XXX

Well done Lorna you are amazing, lots of love and admiration. Good cause and in Terry's name. XXXXX

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Shazza la guapa

Congratulations!! As promised, a well earned reward. Xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid