Cate Driscoll

I have always kept fit but running was never really my thing, I used to do everything I could to avoid it; however, that was before we moved to Newark in 2016. Not long after we moved my husband, Nige, was working away, so I had to find something to keep me busy. I started with challenging myself to run the Summer Solstice 10k, training on your own is tough, but I got myself to the start line. At the event I met Jacqui and a number of other Newark Striders, the camaraderie, encouragement and support I witnessed was impressive. On completing the 10k I decided to take on Newark Half but knew I couldn’t do it on my own. So even though orange isn’t really my colour I decided to join Newark Striders and to be honest, I haven’t looked back. I now regularly do Parkrun and have completed two marathons, numerous halves and last year an Ultra. I wouldn’t say I love running now, but I love that running enables me to clear my mind and more importantly I love the community and friendship that it has brought in to my life.

I have never lived anywhere like Newark – everyone seems to run or be involved in running – be it Parkrun on a Saturday, couch to 5k or as part of one of the many clubs. The important thing is it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run everyone says “hello” and understands how hard it is to take that first step to get out the door!

So if you fancy a run, jog or run-walk please take that first step and come to one of our club sessions.