Lorraine is a four-time Olympian, a three-time world champion, Olympic bronze medalist, and winner of sixteen major international marathons, including the Boston marathon. She holds the distinction of being the only woman to have run all of the 20th century Olympic marathons for women. Her twenty-eight years as an international athlete are unprecedented in distance running, and she credits her success to her unique and creative approach to competition and training, which she describes as ‘an inside-out process’. Alongside her running achievements, Lorraine was a forerunner for equality in women’s athletics, and an activist for professionalism in distance running. Since retiring from competitive sport in 1996, Lorraine cofounded the Lydiard Foundation for educating coaches and athletes in the art of endurance training and peaking. Her autobiography ” On the Wings of Mercury” was published in 2008.