Hello. I’m Karen, and I like running.
I started running in January 2012 with the NHS Couch to 5k programme. At first I just ran very casually – 5k a couple of times a week – but in June 2014, I ran my first 10k race (a Race for Life event), and then, in September 2014, my first parkrun. Since then, I’ve done a couple of 10 mile races and a handful of half marathons; been a part of several different relay teams; celebrated my 100th parkrun; and travelled to various lovely places in the UK and abroad, all in the name of running (and occasionally triathlon, although I personally don’t take part in those). I ran my first marathon, Hannover, in April 2019 and my second, Abingdon, in October 2019.
I have been through many ups and downs with running, but I am grateful for all it has taught me and the experiences I’ve had because of it. I am also lucky in that I live near Bushy Park – the home of parkrun – and to have some scenic running routes on my doorstep.