A determined fundraiser is celebrating after running 10 marathons in 10 days – raising £20,000 for charity.
Kate McIntyre described the 262-mile Brathay 10 in 10 as “the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life”.
The 52-year-old, who only started running at 45 and did her first marathon just before her 50th birthday, proudly revealed she was the second eldest person attempting the challenge, which is regularly described as “the UK’s ultimate endurance running event”.
Each day for 10 consecutive days, the 15 runners braved aching limbs and injuries to complete the identical 26.2 mile route around Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake – raising around £80,000 for The Brathay Trust.
Kate, who lives in Scarcroft, said of the route, which has a 500m elevation: “I don’t think any amount of training and preparation can really get you ready for it.
“Words can’t describe how hard it is to get up for 10 days on the trot and run a hilly marathon time after time.
“There were days when I lay on the physio couch and wept because of exhaustion and pain.
“But the support from the physio team and The Brathay Trust, as well as the numerous friends and family who came to support was absolutely wonderful and helped get me through it.”
The operations director at Engage Mutual in Harrogate had only run six marathons in total when she applied to tackle 10 in 10 days.
But, she said: “What I lack in running experience, I make up in sheer grit and determination.”
And having set herself the added goal of completing the challenge in a set time – 50 hours – she managed an impressive total of just 51.
And on May 17, she became the 84th person ever to complete the gruelling challenge.
Kate added: “There were some real highs and lows during the ten days: one day I had to walk 10 miles due to injury.
“But we had a lot of laughs too and the camaraderie among the team was amazing.
“I am the proudest, happiest and tiredest woman on this planet.”
The Brathay Trust, which organised the event, works with the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to support and inspire them to achieve their potential.
Kate was hoping to raise £20,000 for the Brathay Trust and has so far beat that by £735 but she says it is not too late to boost her total. To make a donation, which can be annonymous, visit justgiving.com/KateMcIntyre-10in10.