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150 Half Marathons And 60 Marathons, Meet Our Local Legend...

Celebrating her 60th birthday by running the Run Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September, we talk to inspirational local runner Kate Knight who has completed over 150 half marathons and over 60 marathons including 5 ultra marathons, raising vital funds for charity. We think she’s a bit of a legend and look forward to helping her celebrate at Run Reigate this year!

Tell us a little about yourself Kate……

I will be 60 on 15th September, am from Chipstead, Surrey, currently working as a Nursing Assistant for East Surrey Hospital.  I am married and have 4 grown up children, and a grandson, (6 months). I am also a very active member of Reigate Priory Athletics Club.

How and when did you start running?

I first started running back in 2003 following a severe tobogganing accident on a local slope close to my home.  I was 43 then, and it was the wake up call I needed. Jim, Robert, Allan, Chris and Hannah dragged our toboggan to the top of the slope.  The children had their turn first, then I climbed in but alas, the toboggan crumpled under my enormous weight, realizing that I had badly fractured my ankle, 5 members of the family could not pull the toboggan under my heavy weight.  I was so humiliated, I knew I had to change my life. Once my ankle had healed, I ditched the chocolates, crisps and cakes, and took on fruit and protein rich foods. In May 2003, I had lost a stone, and felt able to take up jogging. The  weight soon began to fall off, and previously with chronic osteoarthritis, this began to improve daily. With my brother in law and his learning difficulties, I decided I wanted to train for my first marathon, In April 2004, I managed to complete the 26.2 miles and found the atmosphere triggered a fantastic adrenaline boost, Now 60 marathons later, there is no stopping me, and I eventually am aiming to reach my 100thmarathon, despite having had 3 back operations, a total left knee replacement and a shoulder replacement.

What keeps you inspired to keep running and setting new goals?

Supportive friends and family play a huge part in encouraging me, and in turn, I am seeing the rewards and improvement in stamina, strength and determination to complete these marathons,  I definitely owe huge thanks to my local running club, Reigate Priory AC for all their help and support during track sessions and recovery run sessions, at the same time would like to say a sincere thank you to Sash charity.  I started fundraising for them last year for my 50thmarathon, and this year, I have just achieved my 60thmarathon, raising funds for Sash for the 2ndsuccessive year.  

How many half marathons, marathons, and ultra marathons have you currently completed?

I have managed to complete over 150 half marathons, and over 60 marathons, including 10 ultra marathons to date.  In April I completed 3 marathons, followed by 5 ultra marathons, and am currently training for my 6thultra marathon at the end of august.  Thanks to Action challenge, by the end of the year I will have done 7 out of their 9 ultra marathon events.

 How do you plan your training and what do you do to train?

I try to run/walk 5 to 6 times a week, this includes a parkrun most Saturdays, if possible, 2 long runs a week, including a mixture of terrain and hill work, twice a week, I train with Reigate Priory AC, incorporating track and recovery sessions. If time permits,  I also like to cross train at Nutfield Priory gym and sometimes pilates as this also helps strengthen the core.

How do you choose which races to do and how do you decide what goals to set?

Having had a total knee replacement, I try to choose races which have 6.30-7.00 hours in which to complete the race as I do have to jog/walk.  More recently I have also discovered Action Challenge, who organize events in which it is possible to run/jog/walk, and in each of their 100km events I have chosen to do these as a continuous walker, including overnight. I have found that both the Cotswold Way Challenge and the Peak District have stunning countryside, and walking these events is the best way to see this part of the country.  Perhaps my favourite ultra has to be London to Brighton 100km because of the stunning views from ditchling beacon and the finish on Brighton race course.

With marathons, London and Loch Ness are both equal favourites, Loch Ness because I have Scottish ancestry and used to regularly visit that part of the UK and London, because I have completed this for 17 consecutive years for a learning disability charity, supporting my brother in law.

Having reached my 60thmarathon earlier this year and having seen the benefits and rewards of increasing the exercise, I have set a long term goal to reach my 100thmarathon eventually.

What’s your experience of Run Reigate to date and how are your preparations leading up to this year’s race?

To date, and for 6 consecutive years, my experience with Run Reigate has been extremely positive, and many thanks over the years for all your fantastic help and support.  I really enjoy the course as well as the encouragement on the way round. Marshals and volunteers are all fantastic in their help and support. I am also a regular customer of Simply Sports, who do a wonderful job in keeping me regularly supplied and kitted out for all these races.  Training has included sessions with the club, 2 long runs a week, plus 5 ultra marathons to date, since May. With the long runs, I am also increasing the hill work and distance too, and this has been very beneficial to me in improving strength and stamina.

Kate added…..

I’d like to say a warm sincere thank you to:

REIGATE PRIORY AC for all your training, encouragement, help and support, and pushing me on a little further,  aiding the motivation and stamina as well as speed.

RUN REIGATE for your fantastic ongoing support,  I feel very proud and honoured to be able to do this blog for you.

SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE TRUST, SASH CHARITY, for allowing me the opportunity to fundraise for the 2ndconsecutive year.  This gives me great pleasure to do so, and long term plans are to continue to fundraise for a fantastic trust.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY, for all your help, tolerance, support and encouragement. This helps massively and spurs me on to set new and exciting goals.

Good Luck to everyone running and see you all on Sunday 15th September!

Be sure to wish Kate a very happy birthday if you see her on the route on race day!

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Latest Event Update

It is with a heavy heart that due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic we are announcing that it will not be possible for Run Series to deliver any of our physical events this year – this includes Run Gatwick, Run Reigate and Ride Reigate.

Although not altogether unexpected, this is disappointing for everyone involved. However, our priority, regardless of this pandemic, has always always been for the safety and wellbeing of you the runners as well as our volunteers, partners, charities, staff, supporters and the wider community without any of whom our events would just not be possible. Given that there remains vast uncertainty on how to best safely move forwards we do not feel it would be practically possible, or socially responsible, for us to stage these events this year and deliver a safe, fun and enjoyable experience for all.

This decision has been made in consultation with all local authorities who right now are also unable to guarantee availability of event venues. So what happens now? ​All runners and riders currently registered for our 2020 events will be​ automatically transferred to our 2021 events​ and so there is no action for you to take at this stage. We are working with the local authorities and event venues to finalise the 2021 dates and we will announce these very soon. For further details on transfers and deferrals etc, please take a look at our Q&As. We value your opinion.​ We have been thinking about some exciting things we could potentially do for our runners and cyclists in the coming months until we can once again safely host our large scale events. We’d love your input to make sure we’re on the right track so please complete our short survey below. To say thank you for taking part, you’ll be in with a chance to win one of 3 fantastic top-to-toe On Running kits worth over approx. £300​! We very much look forward to when we can all race again and come together with confidence and lighter hearts doing what we do best – Running as One. Until then we would like to say a very heartfelt thank you for your continued support throughout this time, your ongoing understanding is greatly appreciated.

David Kelly, Race Director on behalf of the whole Run Series Team.

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POSTPONEMENT Q&A's

We appreciate there will be lots of questions and we have tried to pre-empt those with a detailed Q&A’s which you can find here

In the unlikely situation that you cannot find the answer to your query, please email us at info@runseries.co.uk​. Due to a reduced working team we will do our very best to respond to your query within 5 working days.

Why did you decide to postpone the 2020 races to 2021?

We considered many alternative approaches to try and safely deliver Run Gatwick, Run Reigate and Ride Reigate with appropriate social distancing measures. However, after careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to postpone all mass participation events to 2021. Our decision was rooted in the best interests for the health and wellbeing of runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers and all those involved in making the running of these events possible. In addition the continued uncertainty over government guidelines for events significantly reduces the window of time needed to plan and deliver safely our full event experience.

Will my registered place for my event still hold for 2021?

Yes, your entry for your 2020 event will be valid for the 2021 race and will be automatically transferred over to the new date (date still TBC), you do not need to do anything else, we will contact you nearer to the event with all the usual information.

Is there a refund option available for these events?

Organising our event requires a considerable amount of forward planning and expense – and entry fees are used to support these costs, many of which are incurred long before event day. Your entry fees doesn’t only cover on the day costs like road closures, barriers, medals, t-shirts, Policing, medical provision, etc – they also help to cover the up front planning costs which include staff wages, risk assessments, safety measures, consultation with local businesses, supplier fees and licences – to name but a few. For these reasons the Run Series refund policy for all of our events has always been the same, we do not and cannot offer refunds. This is made clear in our ​terms and conditions​ ​– which all runners agree to upon registration.

What if I can’t make the new event date?

As soon as we are able to, we will announce our 2021 dates. If you are unable to make the new date, you will be able to defer your place to the following year, transfer to another of our events or transfer your place to another participant. All of these options will be free of charge.

What happens if my place was allocated by a charity partner?

As your charity place belongs to your charity, any decision about your place must be made by them. Details regarding the potential reallocation of charity places should be discussed with the relevant charity partner directly.

What will happen to the Run Gatwick England Athletics National Championships and Sussex Athletics Championships?

The 2021 Run Gatwick event will retain Championship status for both Sussex Athletics and England Athletics and all elite places will automatically have their entry deferred to the new 2021 event as detailed by Run Series in the coming weeks.

Will there be a virtual event instead?

We are currently exploring options and invite you to complete our survey and have your say. We will take on board your comments and make an announcement regarding this as soon as possible.

When announced, are the 2021 event dates guaranteed?

As much as we would like to, we cannot offer you certainty around rescheduled event dates as there are just too many factors out of our control. In a world that is changing so rapidly on a daily basis, the future is far from certain but we will do our best to honour our commitment to you and deliver a fantastic event experience in line with the government regulations in place at the time.

What happens with my iTAB/PacePocket order?

Your iTab/Pace Pocket order will be carried over to your 2021 event entry.