Lorna’s iron-will win for charity

Lorna and Greer PNL-150729-121719001
Lorna and Greer PNL-150729-121719001

A Buckingham woman has taken part in a Half Ironman Triathlon, inspired by a childhood friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

Lorna Woolley, aged 23, who lives on Badgers, first got to know Oli Hilsdon in the Reception class at Bourton Meadow Primary School.

She said: “I have three sisters so Oli is like a brother to me. When we were both at the Royal Latin, we used to go running together pretty much nearly every day.

“When I heard last year that Oli had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour, it was a terrible shock.

“He is so amazing and inspiring. I can’t believe how brave he is being through all his treatment.”

Lorna and her sister Greer, aged 29, took part in the Stowe Half Ironman Triathlon this month, and to date the pair have raised more than £2,300 for Brain Tumour Research.

Lorna, who had never taken on a half Ironman before, completed the 1900-metre open swim, followed by a 85.4km bike ride, finishing with a half marathon run of 13.1 miles (five laps of Stowe Gardens) in an impressive six hours and 27 minutes, coming first in her age group.

Oli , whose family are well known in Buckingham, said: “What Lorna has done is a vital step towards raising awareness that brain tumours are not something that happens to ‘other people’.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Lorna-Woolley1/