Katie Holmes is a UK-based runner and charity consultant who loves cross country, track and park run. On her website she shares the stories of female runners over 50 and highlights their achievements.
Katie is also an independent sports historian, focusing on the history of women's endurance running. Her work is driven by a desire to capture stories which might otherwise be lost and to recover, and uncover, stories which have faded out of the collective memory due to the marginalisation of women in sport.
In 2020 she was awarded an Independent Researcher Fellowship by the Women's History Network.
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Who is Katie
Starting running in her late 40s
Being born in Scotland
What life was like growing up
Having a love for the outdoors
Not being active in team sports
Why she decided to start running
Joining a local running club
Going to Park Run
Becoming part of the running community
Figuring out that she could run faster
Signing up for the Robin Hood Half Marathon
Turning 50 in 2013
Blogging about women runners over 50
Dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis in her late 20s and yearly 30s
Wanting to get a range of different women with different experiences
What a typical running week looks like
Running her first ultra in 2019
Running through the night
Speaking to runners over 50 about what motivated runners to participate in this event
Being inspired by her sister Judith who is 2 years older
The history of women’s endurance running
Run Equal Campaign
Advice for new runners
Learn to run courses
Racing a marathon using the “run, walk, run” method
Final words of advice