Lian’s marathon battle in memory of ‘kind, determined’ friend who died in May this year

A Louth lifeguard is taking on a special personal battle in memory of her friend who sadly died in May this year of anorexia, aged just 22.

Lian Harrison, 22, is in training for April’s London Marathon despite admitting she ‘detests’ running, in order to raise money for charity BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders).

She is inspired to take on the challenge in memory of Abi Guiblin, a former Monks’ Dyke pupil, who battled with severe anorexia nervosa.

Lian, a lifeguard at the Meridian, studied a sports coaching degree and is a mum to Harry, two, but is still finding time to pound the pavements in a bid to raise £1,500 for the cause.

Lian said: “Abi’s death made me want to raise awareness of eating disorders and make sure that anyone that was suffering from them could understand and get help.

“Most of all I want people to change their view of the illness and realise that it is a severe mental illness with devastating effects on the body.

“Abi really was the most kind girl I ever knew.

“I really detest running, but so far I’ve reached 11 miles and I’m training hard to get up to 18 ahead of the marathon.”

One of Abi’s former art teacher at Monks’ Dyke, Emma Beechey, said: “It was during the early days of the illness, while on bed-rest, that Abigail discovered a talent for, and great love of, art.”

“Despite the illness and the disruption, Abigail was absolutely determined to succeed.

“Abigail was loving, loyal, unassuming, intelligent and creative - a shining star in the life of everyone who knew her.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Lian can visit or donate via a collection box in Cobbles Bar in Louth.