Marathon Performance for the Lullaby Trust
Lorna Hopkin from Brocton, Stafford is elated to have completed Sunday’s gruelling 26.3 mile Virgin London Marathon. Lorna a Marketing Manager at Tamworth based Summit Systems, and her brother Gavin Aiken, ran on behalf of the Lullaby Trust, supporting families effected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The duo chose the charity following the tragic loss of Lorna’s son Leo to SIDs last year aged just 5 weeks. They have raised an incredible £8,500 for the charity with donations still flowing. Please see Just Giving Site.
“We are absolutely amazed by the generosity of everybody more than doubling our fundraising target. The marathon was incredibly hard but I felt I had no choice but to complete it for Leo and everyone who put their faith into us. There were more than a few tears shed by the whole family at the end. We hope the money provides beneficial support to families enduring the pain of SIDS.”
Lorna found the challenge harder than anticipated after a back injury earlier in the week left her unable to walk properly. After some impromptu advice she managed to get an appointment at Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic, where her pelvis was assessed and the muscular spasm treated accordingly. Lorna says:
“When I arrived I found that a friend who worked there, Erica Byrnes, had already paid for my treatment in support of the cause which was so incredibly kind it brought a tear to my eye. The service was fantastic and I left renewed.”
“On race day, I was still experiencing some back pain as expected, but knowing the underlying cause was gone, I decided to attempt the race. The first few miles were really painful, then it settled down and my toe took over. By mile 15 my toe was in agony so I stopped a few times then eventually took my shoe off to reveal a hole in my sock strangling my toe!! Thankfully once moved pain relief was immediate and I was able to continue”.
“The Lullaby Trust had cheering stations at mile 9 and 19 which kept me going. I had a mini breakdown at mile 23 but accepting sweets of strangers got me going again. Seeing the London Eye and Big Ben, and hundreds of people shouting my name and cheering made the last mile amazing.
“Passing through the finish line and feeling the weight of the medal around my neck was one of the best feelings ever.
“I then had to get across London to the Lullaby Trust after party. I felt like a celebrity with people high fiving me, giving up seats on the tube and asking questions. The after party was great too with a much needed shower and sharing stories with other families effected by SIDS.
“Running the London Marathon has been one of the hardest but best experiences of my life. I am delighted to have been able to raise so much money in Leo’s memory and it was wonderful to feel him smiling down from heaven on me for the day.”