Just four months after delivering twins Thomas and Benjamin, eventprof Katherine West-Dargon is clocking up the miles in training for a half marathon – quite a target for someone who has never done any distance running before!
West-Dargon is running in aid of event industry charity Meeting Needs at the Royal Parks Half Marathon, the London charity run that attracts around 12000 participants, raising cash for charity while experiencing a run through London´s beautiful parks.
While West-Dargon has never run a half marathon before, she admits to being fit and goal-driven despite having to squeeze her sessions around the twins and four year-old daughter Evelyn. A keen swimmer and rower, she had hoped to run the Royal Parks in 2021 before pregnancy put paid to that, so she is determined to complete it this year.
She said: “It´s all about establishing a routine and staying with it. I do Crossfit several times a week and I am building up my long runs on Sunday mornings because that´s when I have time. I am heading towards 10k now. It is a great opportunity for me time and I really enjoy the mental relaxation.”
West-Dargon is venue services manager at asembl, formerly In2events, based in Waterlooville, and has worked in the events industry for the past 12 years since leaving university. She hopes to raise more than £1000 for Meeting Needs. She says she is enjoying the group connection with the other runners for Meeting Needs.
"We are connecting through the Whatsapp group and I am looking forward to meeting them on the day!" she said. "I am hoping this is the first of many runs for Meeting Needs.”
Meeting Needs still has places available for runners or walkers who want to join them for the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October. If you would like to join them, and get fit while raising cash for charity, sign up here.