We want to hear from the Waverley Harriers and see what motivates them and each month we will be asking the same questions. So far we have heard from Steve Rogers, Ruth Lyon, Ali Rand, Tracy Burgess and now this month we hear from Kate Horne who was nominated by Tracey.
When did running begin for you?
I ran my first 5k in 2006. However, it took me a long time to get there. I had a slight limp and always used to fall over when I tried to run! This time, I followed a plan that got me walking for three minutes, then jogging for one, and eventually I increased and was able to run 5k.
Why do you run?
To keep me fit, reduce stress, help me sleep, socialise, meet new people, the list is endless! Overall I run to improve my wellbeing, especially my mental and emotional wellbeing.
What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance and why?
I ran the London marathon last year (2014), which had been a lifetime ambition I never thought I’d achieve. I remember watching the first ever London marathon on TV when I was a little girl and had problems with my leg. I was just amazed by it – I couldn’t believe anyone could ever run that far, let alone me! Completing it last year really showed me that if you want something enough, you can make it happen.
Who is your running inspiration?
I’ve been inspired by so many other runners, many of them from Waverley Harriers. Having other people to welcome and encourage me, and to learn from, inspired me to go for my ultimate goal – London!
What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why?
It’s got to be London in 1981!
What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners?
Can I give some advice to non-runners? If you’re tempted, but not sure you can do it, give it a go! If I can do it, you can! Try the NHS Couch to 5k app or podcasts at http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/couch-to-5k.aspx
I’ve just done the ‘Leadership in Running Fitness’ course so that I can lead runs, and will be starting beginners sessions in the future. I hope I can support others to take the first steps to becoming active and get as much out of running as I do.
Thanks to Kate for her participation, and watch out next month as another of our club members goes On the Spot.