STAR LET­TER

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

Read­ing through the lat­est edition of Trail Run­ning, I was chuffed to bits to see your #Run1000Miles chal­lenge. Each year I set my­self a per­sonal chal­lenge: in 2015 it was to run 13 half marathons (boxed off in De­cem­ber 2015 with Hard­moors Rose­berry, after play­ing catch-up fol­low­ing two months’ out due to in­jury); 2016 was to com­plete as many events as I could fit in around an eight-week break due to surgery; and this year I de­cided I had a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to try and squeeze in 1200 run­ning miles. The year started well with Hard­moors 15, where I sliced 24 min­utes off my 2016 time. A cou­ple more trail races have since been ticked off, and I’ll be plough­ing through the Cart­mel Lake­land Trail this week­end. My race cal­en­dar is al­ready look­ing pretty full, with more Hard­moors, Lake­land and Dales Trails, and I’m clock­ing up the miles for 2017, so my fin­gers are tightly crossed for no in­juries. I only started run­ning ‘prop­erly’ in 2014, but seem to have fi­nally found some­thing I can en­joy, while get­ting to see some truly beau­ti­ful parts of the UK at the same time. I’m mov­ing in to a new age cat­e­gory (vw45) in a few weeks, and con­stantly get asked what I find so great about run­ning… to which I re­ply, ‘Try it and you can see for your­self’.

Need­less to say, I’ve signed up for the #Run1000Miles chal­lenge; I’m look­ing for­ward to track­ing both mine and other par­tic­i­pants progress – no doubt our paths will cross a num­ber of times this year! Kate Shaw, via email

Kate wins a Lake­land Trails en­try of her choice www. lake­land trails.org

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