Tonight I am waiting patiently to see if the wind is going to back down in time for tomorrow, when I have to take a ferry across The Solent to take part in the Great South Run 2017.
Last year, my son, Matthew, and I had a lovely time at the Great South Run – we went over on the Saturday and Matt did the 1.5km children’s race, while I did the 5k.
Fortunately, we were not booked for Saturday’s races this year, as they have had to be cancelled, due to Storm Brian.
At the moment, it looks like tomorrow’s 10-mile race will go ahead…and it will be my third race in a trilogy of events to raise awareness and money for the Psoriasis Association.
I just hope the wind drops and the passenger catamaran runs…looking at the five-day forecast earlier this week, I didn’t dare book the hovercraft, in case it didn’t run!
Fingers crossed for a reasonable run tomorrow….I doubt it will be fast, as the winds may still be high and I suspect the mostly seafront course will be pretty wet, so I am choosing a pair of my more robust trainers, rather than light racing ones.
I understand the Great South Run will be televised tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for someone with a purple Psoriasis Association t-shirt and purple-pink cosmos-printed leggings!
Anyone who would like to find out more about my fundraising efforts should see:
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I finished the British 10k in July in 1.07.21, which was great, as it was a really big race. Afterwards I met the Psoriasis Association team and I have recently featured in the association’s magazine, PSO, for my running efforts.
Since then, I have kept running and my health has gone from strength to strength. I was going to make the New Forest Half Marathon in September my first half, but by some amazing twist of fate, I ended up doing the IW Half Marathon in August first. I ran round with a friend, who was also doing her first half, and although we got tired towards the end, we crossed the line together in 2.36.22.
From there, I did the New Forest Half Marathon on September 10 and I ran round in 2.24.20, which was amazing!
One week on from that, I had a go at the IW Fell Running Series. I did two of the three races and I had a fantastic time…although I really need to be fitter if I expect to do all three races next year.
I have also just been featured in the new Run Deep Magazine!
So what’s next? I have got the Bournemouth Half Marathon on October 8, then the Great South Run (10 miles) on October 22. I might add the Gosport Half Marathon on November 19 to my agenda and I hope to do the Chilly Hilly ten-mile XC race again in December – health permitting.
Next year, I am looking at doing the Paris Half Marathon in March and the ABP Southampton Half Marathon in April – it is the same day as the London Marathon, but I doubt I would get a place in London – there were more than 380,000 runners putting in applications this year!
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Well I am here in the City of Westminster at 8am on a Sunday morning for the start of the British10k.
I am not sure how many people are taking part, but I understand it can take up to an hour to cross the start line, so it is pretty big.
The atmosphere is already pretty electric, with live hands all over the place.
I may never get to run a London Marathon, but if I don’t, at least I have run a bit race in London … and this one is billed as a big British street party, so I am just going to kick-back and enjoy!
My legs are on show…they are not too bad at the moment, although the psoriasis has broken out on my face again!
I am looking forward to seeing my fellow TeamPSO runners… I understand there are nine of us.
Just over a hour to the start…..
THIS Sunday, I will be running the Virgin Sport Westminster 10k (aka the British 10k) in aid of the Psoriasis Association.
It is hard to believe it has come round so fast. My training has needed to strike the balance between keeping fit enough to do a six-mile run and not doing anything to upset my immune system!
But I have managed four 10k races since April, including two cross-country ones, so I know I can do the distance.
At the beginning of this week I did a four-day running streak of gentle runs of between 2.5 and 5 miles, which has been really good, and now I am just resting and eating healthily until race day.
I still need your help on the fundraising side, so if you can spare a few pounds, please go to:
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Yesterday I had a reasonable run in the Brading 10k on the Isle of Wight, which was the dress rehearsal for the Virgin Sport Westminster 10k (aka the British 10k) in two weeks time.
I found Brading’s undulating course a bit challenging – luckily I think the London course is flatter!
I have come a long way since Christmas. At New Year, I was plastered with nasty red raw spots, I couldn’t keep skin on my feet – even on a quarter-mile run – and my sinuses and lungs were absolutely full of rubbish.
Today, the only trace of the spots on most of my body are small purple blemishes and although I still have a fair amount of muck in my nose, ears and chest, plenty of steroid spray and nose-blowing will see me through a six-mile run – although I do experience a lot of ear-popping.
My left foot is still a mess, but I find that applying plenty of Vaseline or coconut oil before a race means I am less likely to blister.
Today my number for the Virgin Sport Westminster 10k has arrived in the post, so it is all go for London, where I will be wearing a purple t-shirt and doing my best to raise awareness and money for the Psoriasis Association, a registered charity which supports sufferers, funds research and raises awareness for this chronic auto-immune condition.
Please sponsor me if you can, see
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It is one month today until my fundraising run for the Psoriasis Association…and I am counting down the days.
I will be travelling to London to take part in the Virgin Sport Westminster 10k on July 9 and I hope to raise £500 for the Psoriasis Association, a national charity which helps fund research into the condition, support sufferers and raise awareness.
At Christmas time, I was struck down with a flare-up of guttate psoriasis, which left me with nasty sore spots all over my body, including my feet and heels – this meant I could not run for around two months, because the skin kept coming off my feet.
Fortunately my skin is now a lot better and I am back up to running 10k races, so I am confident of completing the Westminster 10k.
You can learn more about my efforts – and sponsor me – on my JustGiving page at
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Bit by bit, I have managed to successfully increase my running, so I am now able to do long runs of up to seven miles without having any problems with the skin on my feet.
I have even managed to do two 10km (6.2 mile) running events in the last couple of weeks – the ABP Southampton 10k road race and the Night Runner 10k off-road challenge in the dark.
Spot by spot, I am also managing to clear my skin, with a combination of a sunny Easter week in Tenerife with my husband and six-year-old son and light therapy three times a week.
The light therapy is particularly amusing, as you have to stand in a special light booth for a short amount of time and when the session is over, the machine goes ‘TING!’ just like a microwave!
It is working though, as I now only have spots on my face and from the waist down, rather than absolutely all over!
I have long since learned that the best achievements in life are gained little by little and with a lot of patience – I am a firm believer in the idea that good things come to those who wait!
I have had a new running magazine speak to me about my Virgin Sport Westminster 10k challenge in aid of the Psoriasis Association and you can sponsor me online via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kate-Young16TeamPSO
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