A Ramsey woman will march five marathons in five days to support Britain’s armed forces.
Lorraine Weights, (57), a ticket office worker at Huntingdon railway station, will march five marathons in five days as part of The Forces March, all in aid of The Veterans Charity between May 20 and May 24.
Now living in Ramsey near Peterborough, she previously served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, stationed in England, Northern Ireland and Germany, and is from a family of servicemen and women. The event is popular among acting servicemen and women as well as ultra-marathon athletes and personal trainers.
Lorraine will be playing catch-up to this group as her last bout of training was for the London Marathon in 2012. However, she was inspired to participate by the work The Veterans Charity does for ex-service personnel across the country.
She said: “This will be without doubt the toughest challenge I have ever undertaken. I am not a runner or athlete in any way but have the motivation and determination to succeed.
“I decided to take on the challenge of The Forces March to raise funds for a very worthy cause and to help in some small way to give something back to our Forces veterans. In particular The Veterans Charity helped my 83 year old mother (an Army veteran herself) after she fell and broke her pelvis.”
Lorraine is staging a fundraising secondhand book stall and cake stall at Huntingdon station on 12 May and a charity collection on 13 May, or you can donate directly on her justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Lorraine-Weights/
The Veterans Charity was established in 2008 coinciding with the 65th anniversary of D-Day and provides support for ex-service men and women providing clothing, household items, furniture, basic mobility and living aids, TVs, home appliances and food shopping as well as IT and communications equipment like laptops and mobile phones.