Asthmatic Lanton lady takes on London Marathon challenge

London marathon runner Lorna Davenport
London marathon runner Lorna Davenport

An asthma sufferer from Lanton, near Jedburgh, will undertake the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday to help people less fortunate than herself.

Lorna Davenport, 45, secured entry to the event through the general ballot, but was disappointed that none of her friends did. She will now travel to London with her husband and two daughters this weekend and run the world-famous course by herself.

“I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 37 and I really appreciate the fact that the medication I take means my condition is generally well-controlled and seldom stops me doing what I want,” she told The Southern.

“I had to take two weeks out of training in March when I developed a chest infection which kicked off the asthma again, but I am also lucky that the excellent staff at Jedburgh Medical Practice regularly review patients and act quickly when things are not going well. I know many others are not as fortunate, so I have chosen to fundraise for Asthma UK.”

A former member of Kelso Crawlers, Lorna is not currently attached to any club, although her daughter Sarah runs for the Tweedbank-based TLJT club.

“I have completed three marathons since I took up running eight years ago,” she added.

“I am not fast – my PB is 4 hours and 18 minutes – but I’m just hoping I can get to the start line on Sunday morning without catching a cold or any other mishap. I have my heart set on getting a finishers medal.”

Lorna’s fundraising page can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LornaDavenport