A long run back home ...

Lorraine has been training hard for her upcoming challenge.
Lorraine has been training hard for her upcoming challenge.

A former Kirkcaldy woman is pulling on her trainers in a bid to raise as much money as possible for two good causes.

Lorraine Kitchin (37) is planning to run 268 miles from Kirkcaldy to her home in Sheffield on April 5 with funds raised going towards two charities - Bliss and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Leukaemia and Cancer Fund.

Lorraine, a keen runner, has already raised money for other charities by taking part in marathons so it made sense for her to pick two that are close to her heart.

She said: “One charity is in celebration of my nephew, Matthew Kitchin and his sister, Ellie.

“Matthew was born 11 and a half weeks early and spent over six months in hospital and 21 months on oxygen.

‘‘His twin sister Ellie didn’t survive but the charity Bliss was there to offer support to the family.

I can’t guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee some amazing scenery and some fun and laughter along the way!

Lorraine Kitchin

“I also want to raise money for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Leukaemia and Cancer Fund in memory of my best friend’s little sister, Kathryn Turner.

“She died in 1990 aged just nine-years-old after fighting against both cancer and leukaemia over a period of five years.”

The mum-of-three has been training hard for her upcoming challenge, but as a veteran of long-distance racess, she knows what to expect.

“I’ve done a fair bit of running for charities in the past so I know what I am getting myself into,” Lorraine said.

“But this will be my hardest challenge so far.”

Having raised over £2500 so far for her chosen charities, Lorraine is gearing up for the final push.

“People have been generous so far, but I’ll be out putting up posters and sending out emails to remind people to dig deep for two good causes.

‘‘And I will have collection tins with me,” she said.

Lorraine is also looking for some company on her trip.

“If anyone would like to join me for a stage or even part of a stage and help raise some funds by getting additional sponsorship, then they can,” she said.

“I can’t guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee some amazing scenery and some fun and laughter along the way!”

If you would like to take part in the challenge alongside Lorraine, you can email her at the_lorinator@yahoo.co.uk

Lorraine’s home to home route

Lorraine’s journey will see her run along the east coast from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh then down into the Scottish Borders.

After a rest day, she will head into England visiting towns throught Yorkshire before finishing in Sheffield.

To sponsor Lorraine and to find out more about her challenge, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LoriHometoHomeChallenge