As the current record holder for the fastest time to write a Quakers Member Spotlight, Kathryn tells us about the other aspects of her experience as a runner.

How did you get into running and why?

A few people I work with had joined and asked me if I fancied coming along…. At the time I was attending classes 6 times a week and wasn’t sure how I could fit anything else in, then one of my classes was cancelled…. It was the Thursday night class so I had no excuse not to come along and try it out, so glad I did… Thank you to those people who kept asking me.

I’d been a long distance walker for a number of years, since starting running I feel I’m becoming impatient on walks…. Why walk when you can run.

What kept you going when you first started running?

I like the social side of it, not much of a solo runner, running along with others motivates me and the miles pass by so quickly.

How much training do you typically do each week?

Not sure if I really do ‘train’ as such…. I tend to go along to the club on a Thursday and this should be to do the main session but I often sway towards the steady runs….. Other than that I like to run at least 3 times a week. Training sounds like it’s for the professionals I do it for enjoyment.

Be honest, do you enjoy training?

Lol…. see question 3, LOL!

Do you do any other sports or fitness activities?

I absolutely love my zumba classes, although at the moment I’m doing more running than zumba….. Those who know me know how crazy I was over zumba….

I’m a member of a gym, you’ll never find me in the gym I joined purely for the classes but I much prefer being outside. I’ve also been a member of the LDWA for a number of years and enjoy taking part in the challenge events.

Do you manage to fit in any other hobbies?

I love anything where I can be creative I enjoy baking and make birthday cakes for family and friends.

Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past

I absolutely love the small village races, as I enjoy the countryside and being on tracks and trails so the likes of Fountains, Kirkbymoorside, Guy Fawkes, Lightwater Valley that sort of thing. My first half marathon was the Vale of York, for anyone wanting to try a half, this one is a must.

What’s your current running goal?

I don’t really have one….. As long as I can run I will…. I think my goal is as long as I enjoy it I will do it. I’ve walked the Lyke Wake and the Laich O’Moray 50 miler in Scotland, I’d quite like to have a go at running them…. A few runners I know tell me it’s harder walking than running…. I’m yet to be convinced!

What are your longer term running goals?

Long term…. To go out and run without anything hurting would be good for me.

What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?

I enjoy being a parkrun tourist but feel like I’m just getting into the run then it’s finished so distance wise, probably 10miler.

Terrain has to be off road, forest tracks, or if it is on tarmac it has to have a good landscape/view.

What are your proudest running achievements?

Feeling that I belonged to a running club when I wore the black and white vest for the first time at Thirsk 10….I actually thought ‘Hey look… I’m a runner’

Anything in your running experience you regret?

Probably that I should have started sooner….. And not hidden behind the bike sheds with Nicola Metcalfe when we should have been doing cross country, then I might have found my love for mud sooner!

How many pairs of trainers/ running shoes do you have and do you have a favourite pair?

1 pair of trail

4 pairs of road….. Always wore Asics but currently just trying out Saucony which are sooo light on my feet…. I often go for colours until the man at “Up and Running” says ‘no, they’re no good for you’ haha

What’s your idea of running heaven?

Bit of mud, few hills, wherever there’s an up, there’s always a down!

What’s your idea of running hell?

Tarmac, miles and miles of streets and tarmac…..but for some weird reason I love the Aycliffe 10k and that’s on tarmac.

What is the best piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?

While out on a QRC steady run…. ‘keep your head up’ simple piece of advice but it makes a hell of a difference.

Any advice to newcomers to running?

Enjoy it, why would you do something you don’t enjoy, don’t put pressure on yourself, your only competition is yourself.

What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?

I think of a song (usually a zumba one) Knowing how good I’ll feel when I cross that finish line. Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.

How do you relax/reward yourself after a race?

Ooooo a hot bubbly bath, ready salted crisps and a bottle of prosecco…… I flippin earned it!

If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?

There are so many lovely places…. My ideal would be to run up a hill to watch the sunset…. But not Roseberry Topping far too many people….. I love Scotland, a different view around every corner, and as long as there was a bottle of prosecco at the end, I’d be happy.