Sheffield mum’s epic charity challenge

Lori Kitchin, who is running from Kirkcaldy in Scotland to Sheffield for charity.
Lori Kitchin, who is running from Kirkcaldy in Scotland to Sheffield for charity.
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A Sheffield mum is pulling on her running shoes to embark on an epic 268-mile charity challenge.

Lori Kitchin, of Walkley, has pledged to run from her former home town in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, to Sheffield in aid of two causes close to her heart.

I do quite a bit of running but this was my ultimate challenge. The majority of it will be done on my own without a support car - I’m not sure what I was thinking!

She aims to raise a total of £10,000 for premature and sick baby charity Bliss and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Fund.

Lori, aged 37, said: “The first charity is in celebration of my nephew, Matthew Kitchin and in memory of my niece, Ellie Kitchin.

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

“Sadly, his twin sister Ellie didn’t survive but Bliss were there to support their mum and dad, and the family, through that very testing period.

“Seven years on and Matthew is doing really well now. He is as cheeky and active as any seven year old should be.”

The second charity is in memory of Lori’s best friend’s sister, Kathryn Turner, who died in 1990 aged nine after a five-year battle with cancer and leukaemia.

Lori, an IT project manager, said she is trying to juggle her training between looking after her three children - Sean, eight, Gemma, six, and Zoe, four - with the support of her husband Graham, aged 39.

She said: “I do quite a bit of running but this was my ultimate challenge. The majority of it will be done on my own without a support car - I’m not sure what I was thinking!”

Lori begins her challenge on April 5 and finishes at Hillsborough Park on April 20. Her longest leg is the first - some 30 miles from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh Castle.

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