In a month’s time, runners from across the country will take to the streets of the capital for the annual London Marathon.

Joining the crowds on 26th April at 10am will be local woman Kate Knight from Chipstead, who is taking part in the epic run for the 13th time for disability charity United Response.

Through her efforts Kate, 55, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds, adding to the £20,000 she has previously raised for the charity, which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the life they choose.

Kate will be joined for the first time on the gruelling 26.2 mile run by her husband Jim, 59, and says that participating in such events is a key part of their lifestyle.

She said:

“Though we have done other marathons together, this will be the first London Marathon that Jim and I are doing together, which we wanted to do as he has supported me for the past 12 years, and has great admiration for United Response.

“Overall, we can both support each other with the running, and at the same time maintain our fitness goals in life.”

Kate will have completed two other full marathons this year ahead of the London run later this month and has maintained training despite a series of injuries.  She and Jim will be running the 26 miles as part of the charity’s single biggest fundraiser.

She told us:

“To date, we have done 6 half marathons in 6 weeks, some of which we have done together. 

“Despite having surgery in the run up to last year's marathon, this has not hindered my confidence; in fact, this has made me even more determined to rise to the challenge. My stamina and using mind over matter to overcome difficulties in my way have been a great asset.”


Read Kate's 2015 marathon blog

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