Hi, I’m Catrin and I’m from Swansea Valley.
I enjoy spending time outdoors. I’m very lucky to live where I do as I have Gower and the Brecon Beacons right on my doorstep. I’ve always liked walking and climbing but more recently have found a new love for mountain biking and running.
My running journey properly started after my husband and a friend ran the Swansea Half Marathon in 2018. I’d dabbled in the odd run here and there but never actually tried pushing myself. So I thought why not set myself a challenge? With some hard work and commitment I’ve accomplished way more than I ever thought I could. I’ve since completed the Swansea, Cardiff and Llanelli Half Marathons, a Tough Mudder and a Spartan Race. I’ve also completed a Run Disney Weekend in Disneyland Paris consisting of a 5km, 10km and Half Marathon over a weekend (with time spent in the parks in between of course!). Such a tiring weekend but I’d recommend it at the drop of a hat to anyone!
I found during lockdown that running kept me with some sort of routine and normality during my week which definitely helped keep me sane. Or insane? Feeling I needed a new challenge I set myself a goal of running a marathon which I accomplished in November with the support of my husband, sister and a running buddy. Who knows what’s next on the list? I’m amazed at what I’ve managed to achieve with my running so far but I do like a new challenge. Maybe a marathon at an actual event? I’d also love to combine my running with traveling. There is so much of the UK and internationally that I’d love to explore but that’ll have to wait for the world to go back to normal first.