Kate Knight, from Chipstead, will take to the streets of London on 23rd April to run her 14th marathon for national disability charity, United Response.

The 57-year-old has run a staggering 45 marathons in her life and plans to complete 50 by the end of 2017. Her long-term goal is to join the 100 club.

Kate first took up running when she was 43 years old. At the time, she regarded herself as unhealthy and unfit, and weighed 24 stone. Running has allowed her to become fitter, healthier and, most importantly, more active. Kate describes running as a ‘life changing experience’.

Kate said:

“The more active you are, the better you feel. My incentive was to get active but running has brought so much more – quality time with the family and new friendships from the supportive running community. My daughter will be running the London Marathon with me for the first time this year, so we are supporting each other.”

This will be the 14th time Kate has fundraised for United Response, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the lives they choose.

Running long distances has become an important part of Kate’s life and she has already completed a number of challenges in 2017 alone, including the Tadworth 10 mile run, the Vale Gallop 10k, the London Winter 10k and half-marathons in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Eastbourne, Surrey and Hastings. On top of this, she will carry out her 300th parkrun on 8th April.

Prior to London, Kate also plans to tackle the Brighton Marathon – taking her ever closer to her target of 50 marathons by the end of the year.

Kate has overcome a number of health conditions to get where she is today and describes herself as ‘addicted to running’.

“The more I run, the happier I am, even with my aches and pains from my arthritic knee and back problems,” said Kate.

To sponsor Kate on her marathon journey, please visit her fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KateKnight1

To find out how to join the United Response cheer station at the London Marathon, visit: https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/london-marathon-cheering