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