This year, Kate Knight, a 52 year old mother of four, will be running her ninth London Marathon for United Response. She was only confirmed for last year’s race three months before the event, proving that preparation doesn’t take as long as you might think!
Back in 2003 – when she weighed 17 stone – Kate broke her ankle while out sledging with her family. “The sledge toppled over, my ankle broke and I was stuck underneath the sledge,” says Kate. “I was so heavy that I had difficulty getting out and when I did, my family couldn’t carry me back to the car! I knew then that I had to do something about my weight.”
After this revelation (and once her ankle had healed!), Kate tried out a number of activities and sports, as part of a regular fitness programme, but it was running she enjoyed the most. Kate took part in her first marathon in April 2004. She’s run every year since, making this year’s her ninth. What an effort!
Asked why she first chose to run for United Response, Kate said” “I have two family members with complex learning disabilities and am well aware of the challenges they face on a daily basis. I found out about the marvellous work United Response does with people with learning disabilities to help them overcome these challenges and improve the quality of their lives. I am delighted to run for such a good cause.”
To date, and in total, Kate has raised over £12,000 for United Response – a phenomenal amount. However, she wants 2012 to be best year yet, so please support Kate by sponsoring her. You can do this through our Donate Now page – but please be sure to put ‘Kate Knight’ in the donation target box.
Kate’s ‘marathon of marathons’ serves as an inspiration for any long distance runner. Plus, with a training period of only 3 months last year, she proves it’s not too late to apply to run for United Response this year – we still have a few places left.
Mark Schueler, fundraising officer.