This month’s Harrier is Kate and if you’re looking for someone who has blossomed in their short running career look no further, from park runs to running every day through the month of October. She’s set to tackle her first ever Marathon in April and if her training so far is anything to go by then she will smash it.

How long you been with the club?

My first run with the harriers was 19 July 2017, it was cross country hell with everyone asking if I was ok every 10 minutes and I loved every minute, I got a cheer when I made it back to Smeaton alive and I haven’t looked back since.

What made you start running?

I was on a weight loss journey, going to the gym trying to work on getting fit. Dan started couch to 5k on the treadmill and was seeing much better results than I was just messing around on the cross trainer and to be honest I couldn’t have him getting fitter than me (The competitive spirit was alive and well) so I started couch to 5k too.

Biggest running achievement?

Every PB, finishing every difficult mile and not giving up, my longest run. It’s a million little things that make me proud to say I’m a runner.

Favourite race?

This is a tough one because I’ve loved so many of them for so many different reasons. TNT for the team spirit, I had so much fun the first time, running swearing and chatting up the hills. Vale of York half for the sense of achievement smashing my first half marathon, I don’t think I stopped grinning the rest of the day!

Any running tips?

Enjoy it, if you don’t like running don’t make yourself do it just because you should but on the flip side everyone has bad runs but there should also be joyous runs where you can fly. If you have the joyous runs you will never want to do anything else.

Best thing if being part of Crossgates Harriers?

The support, the friendship, the encouragement, the confidence building and the acceptance of who you are.