Ten marathons in 10 days would be a challenge for anyone – so imagine attempting such a feat of endurance in your sixth decade.
But that’s exactly what super-fit Scarcroft woman Kate McIntyre is preparing to do.
And the 52-year-old, who only starting running at 45, will be the second oldest person attempting the 262-mile Brathay 10 in 10 – regularly described as “the UK’s ultimate endurance running event”.
Along with just 14 other athletes, Kate will run 10 times around Windermere – England’s largest lake – in a bid to raise £15,000 for The Brathay Trust. The charity supports disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential.
Kate, who only ran her first marathon a few months before her 50th birthday, said: “I won’t be quick, but I am absolutely resolute in my determination to complete.”
She added: “I never really did much sport at school, nor was I particularly athletic. I just loved running when I started in my mid-forties and have gone from there really.
“I like to think that I’m proof that anyone can do it, if they put their mind to it.”
In a move that should inspire even the most committed couch potato, her love of running grew out of a simple New Year’s resolution.
The operations director at Engage Mutual in Harrogate said: “I was very unfit and ate and drank far too much, so my New Year’s resolution for 2008 was to buy a treadmill.
“This I duly did, together with a box set of The West Wing. I then proceeded to run my way through it, one 45-minute episode at a time.”
Her training regime is enough to make your muscles ache just reading about it. She averages 60 miles a week and will complete three marathons in three weeks in April. The event begins on May 8.
However, there is one advantage to all this physical activity – she can eat whatever she wants. “I need to eat around 5,000 to 6,000 extra calories a week – nice problem to have.”