A lot can happen in 100K
Kate understands the importance of positivity and staying focused when there's a lot that could make you feel otherwise. She took on the 100K 'Race to the Stones' Challenge for Framework by fundraising for our mental health help service Wellness In Mind.
Kate describes her epic fundraising journey:
I’m not really a runner nor some athlete just an every day joe who found solace in pushing my limits.
The event it’s self is only just sinking in. Having ran a few marathons before, the next step was an ultra marathon. So after six months of training, on Saturday 14th July, at 8.30am I lined up at a start line in the middle of the countryside feeling a little alone and overwhelmed at what lay ahead.
I need not worry. At less than 2km in I got talking to a lovely girl called Donna, I wanted to pace myself over this race so not to burn out and Donna was planning on walking to base camp (there was a 50km a day option with an over night stay at basecamp or a straight through 100k option which was what I had chosen). Me and Donna chatted away through the first few pit stops and after 20km I was ready to run.
The next 30k I spent alone but it was such a fantastic opportunity to clear my head and get some miles under my belt. Things started to feel really good, the scenery was amazing, the terrain was tough but the hopping around made it all the more fun. I reached basecamp where my family were and the atmosphere was incredible. I was fed, watered and had my blisters taped up before cracking on.
The next 20km was a mixture of running and walking and sharing stories with other runners about why we had chosen to take this on. All I kept thinking was how lucky I was to able to do this, how clear my head felt and how everything was just right. I wished every person could feel that contentment. The night appeared and the head torches came out and I was alone again as we all began to spread out.
I ran for 15km alone in the dark with just glow sticks marking the path, it was silent with the only noise being my feet. My mind played tricks on me and I kept seeing cows turned upside down. That darkness, in an unfamiliar place is so so hard to describe but it wasn’t scary it felt kind of rejuvenating. Nothing else to fill my senses just the feeling of moving, it was really special.
At the second to last pit stop I’d caught up with 2 guys who took me under their wings, we took it in turns to lead and to tell our stories, Ami explained how he’s never run a race before only starting couch to 5k in September which quickly became couch to 100k when his boss, the other guy, Sean asked if he fancied an ultra, Ami admitted he couldn’t say no as he was hankering after a promotion!!!
The temperature dropped and we picked up our pace counting down the final kilometres till we hit the stones, a photo shoot followed and there we could hear the cow bells and cheers of the finish line. I crossed that line just after 4am and fell straight into the arms of my family.
I have never felt so proud. I had just run 100km in 31 degrees through the day and 5 degrees through the night, I had crossed the most beautiful and oldest path in Britain, I had raised money for a charity that meant a lot to me, I had proven how euphoric exercise and nature can be for the mind and I had blisters on my blisters. At that moment I said never again, 30 hours later and I’m googling the next adventure!!!
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