But I’m going to be running for real this time. And that could be the greatest day of my life
MUM WHO PULLED OUT OF TWO MARATHONS FINALLY READY TO TAKE PART Teacher vows to get out of the pub.. and run with a Gary Barlow cutout
A woman who talked her best friend into running marathons with her around the world – only to chicken out at the last minute – will run her first long distance race.
Teacher Lorna Lambie, 39, persuaded pal Laura Baird, 41, to join her in running marathons in both Canada and Denmark.
But she left her friend running alone after swapping pounding the streets for drinking Prosecco in cafés lining the route.
The pair will run next weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon and mum- of- two Lorna says she definitely plans to not only start but finish the race – with a life- sized cardboard cutout of Take That’s Gary Barlow on her back.
Lorna, of Glasgow, said: “I do feel guilty about asking Laura to sign up for the marathons with me and then pulling out but she is very forgiving.
“It was me who persuaded Laura to run the last two marathons but this time it’s her idea.
“Because of past history I don’t think she believed I would run this time either but I’ve actually been out doing my training and told so many people that I’m doing it, I can’t drop out.”
Engineer Laura, of Glasgow, said: “This is the third marathon Lorna and I have signed up for together – but the first where we will both be on the start line.
“I know Lorna has always had the best of intentions every time she has talked me in to running with her, so I’ve never held it against her when she’s pulled out.
“And she has always been a wonderful ly enthusiastic supporter.”
Lorna recruited Laura to run marathons in Copenhagen in 2012 and Toronto in 2015 after deciding to take up running to help her lose weight.
She said: “I did a marathon years ago when I was 11 stone and Laura did a lot of training with me but then I got pregnant with my son Andrew, eight, and put on a lot of weight.
“When I had my daughter Emma, four, I put on more weight.
“I was a size 24 at my heaviest and told Laura I was going to start running again and she was very supportive. We signed up for the Copenhagen marathon but I never did any of the training.
“In the end, I took my husband Kev and we cheered Laura on – although we also went for a nice lunch and then into a café along the route for a wee glass of wine or two.”
Three years later, Lorna talked Laura in to running a marathon in Toronto.
Lorna said: “I was part of an online
running group – even though I didn’t run anymore – and the girls involved were planning to meet up and run the Toronto marathon, which I thought sounded a great idea.
“I persuaded Laura to do it with me but again I left her to do it on her own.
“I did start off doing a couple of wee training runs but I got hacked off at how hard it was and gave up.”
Despite pul l ing out of the race, Lorna travelled to Canada with her friend and cheered her on – while wearing a tartan Viking-style hat.
She said: “I’m a very supportive friend.”
Lorna has no intention of pulling out of the London marathon and is delighted to have lost more than five stone since she started training.
She said: “I turn 40 just 10 days after the London marathon so I decided it was now or never to get my running shoes back on. My weight ght had got to the stage where I couldn’t run about in the park rk with my kids anymore. Now I feel like a million dollars.”
Lorna will run with a lifesized cutout of her favourite singer, who inspired her weight loss.
She said: “I’m a huge Gary ary Barlow fan – he often talks aboutut the bootcamps he had to do too lose weight. we I decided I would tell him he was my inspiration but the first time I met him, all I managed to say was, ‘ You smells me lovely’. “I did meet him again and he told me to let him know how I get on.” Lorna, Lor who suffered a late miscarriage misca several years ago, is running runnin the marathon to raise funds for baby charity Tommy’s.
CARRY ON Pair in training RUNNING MATES Laura and Lorna with Gary Barlow cut-out she plans to take round course Picture Garry F McHarg HEAVEN SCENT With Barlow
STARTING WINE With husband Kev HORN YOU GO Lorna lends support This is me running the Copenhagen marathon And this is me running the Toronto marathon