Linlithgow women pair up for marathon run to raise funds for sight loss charity

Two women from Linlithgow are aiming to complete a joint marathon side-by-side this month to raise money for sight loss charity RNIB.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 9:24 am
Lesley Malone and Lorna McMurray.

Lorna McMurray (54), began to lose her sight in 2015 and it has grown progressively worse since due to a degenerative retinal condition in both eyes which has resulted in central vision loss.

Lorna, a former modern languages teacher said: "When my eyesight began to deteriorate, I had a lot of help from RNIB. They helped me to come to terms with my condition, taught me how to maximise my mobility, and advised me on what aids and equipment could help me in employment."

She and her friend, Lesley Malone, aim to raise funds for RNIB by taking part in the charity's Marathon Mates challenge which lets you pair up and share the traditional 26-mile marathon distance by running, walking, swimming, or however you want.

Lesley Malone, who in 2015 was awarded an MBE for contributions to sport and physical education.

Lorna and Lesley are running over four days this week, just over six miles a day, along the Union Canal path

Lesley, who describes herself as ‘65-years-young’, is a PE specialist for the Linlithgow Primary schools cluster.

She said: "I’d known Lorna for many years when I taught her children. I thought - sod it, I’ll see if she’d like a pal to run with. We started about three weeks ago and I hope running with me has given her the confidence to run longer distances.”

You can sponsor the pair online, at: