It has been a challenging year, in more ways than one…
I started the year laid low with a chest infection, then a throat infection and then a nasty flare-up of psoriasis, which left me covered with spots and meant I could not run because of the open wounds on my feet.
I didn’t run for almost three months, but burst back onto the running scene with the ABP Southampton 10k in April.
A series of 10k events followed, including the Virgin British 10k in Westminster in July, which formed part of this year’s fundraising for the Psoriasis Association.
Also during the summer, I changed job roles and the newspaper I work for gained a new owner, which has meant some uncertainty and a number of changes, including learning to work with new software!
I tackled my first half marathon in August and incredibly I have gone on to run four half marathons this autumn, as well as the ten-mile Great South Run.
This time of year I like to take stock of what I have achieved and I am pleased to say the outward signs of psoriasis have pretty much disappeared now – hopefully the manky skin and spots won’t come back for some time!
Looking to 2018, I have launched a new charity challenge, Kate’s Paris Half, which will see me run 13.1 miles in Paris in March.
Ever since I took up running in 2016, it has made me appreciate how strong my body is and how lucky I am to experience the sense of freedom and achievement which running brings.
As a child in the 1980s, I was brought up on the Olympic performances of Sebastian Coe and now, a few decades later, I am proud to be fundraising for Get Kids Going! – of which, Lord (Sebastian) Coe is president.
Get Kids Going! is a national charity, which gives disabled people and young children aged up to 26 the opportunity to participate in sports of all kinds.
It provides specially built sports wheelchairs and inspires British disabled youngsters from all backgrounds to compete at all levels, from starting out to the Paralympics.
As well as providing specialised equipment, the charity gives sports grants to help with training, physiotherapy, travel and competition fees.
The charity’s aim is to support budding paralympians in the run up to the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics, as well as many other events.
I am hoping to raise at least £500 and to sponsor me, see