A marathon effort to raise useful funds for good cause

Lorna Mac
Lorna Mac

A Morpeth woman completed a super challenge of almost two marathons, a half marathon and a 10k in one go in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

After a few too many drinks with friends, Lorna Macdonald woke up the next morning to find she had signed up for The Wall Ultra – an endurance race – online.

But even though it was going to be just three weeks after another event she was taking part in, the Outlaw Half Ironman triathlon in Nottingham, she did not pull out of either challenge.

The 25-year-old trained for about 20 hours a week in the run-up to them and she managed to successfully finish both the Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run) and The Wall Ultra, 69 miles along Hadrian’s Wall.

“I‘m not the type of person to go back on my word, alcohol or not, I knew I was going to do that run,” she said. “My family think I’m crazy anyway, so they weren’t surprised.

“If I was going to do these two events, I was going to attempt to make it worthwhile for others as well as myself. My mum works at St Oswald’s and I know it’s a fantastic cause, so I wanted to do it for the charity.”

Lorna aimed to raise £1,000 for the hospice from the two challenges – a target she is very close to reaching.

It is not the first time she has supported the charity too, previously running the 2011 Great North Run in its name.

St Oswald’s fund-raiser Kate Gilbertson said: “Lorna is amazing. I can’t imagine how difficult this would have been for her, but we are extremely grateful.

“We need to raise £6.5 million each year, so the money people like Lorna raise really helps keep us going.”

The hospice provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.