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Katie Holmes - Independent sports historian writing about women's distance running

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

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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Show notes

  • 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

  • Equinox 24 hour race

  • 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

  • South Downs Way 50

  • The history of women’s endurance running

  • Run Equal Campaign

  • Advice for new runners

  • Park Run

  • Learn to run courses

  • Racing a marathon using the “run, walk, run” method

  • Final words of advice


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