Superstar brownie leader taking on marathon challenge

A Brownie leader from Darwen has been selected to join thousands of runners at the start line of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon as part of the Girlguiding UK team, on Sunday 22 April.

Kate will take on the gruelling 26.2 mile course to help ensure that more girls than ever can benefit from the amazing opportunities offered by Girlguiding.

Kate suffers from an arthritis condition and decided last year that she would undertake this huge physical challenge to prove to herself that she wasn’t limited by her condition and that she could do anything that she puts her mind to. Unfortunately, four weeks before Kate was due to run the 2017 marathon she developed a double stress-fracture and had to defer her entry.

Kate has spent the last 12 months recovering, training and preparing for the 2018 marathon. She’s received a lot of support from her friends at the running club, who have helped her build back her strength after the injury.

Kate said: “I chose to run for Girlguiding because it’s a charity I’m really passionate about. I was a Brownie and Guide myself, and the skills I learnt, at the same time as having a lot of fun, are still relevant in my life today. Girlguiding gives you a good dose of common sense and the programme offers fantastic opportunities for girls to be themselves. In a world where young people often struggle with social media and body image issues, Girlguiding works hard to promote equality, independence and a safe space for girls of all ages and backgrounds to learn about supporting each other and their local communities and to become confident, independent thinkers for the future.

I love volunteering as a leader at 23rd Darwen Brownies, and I wanted to use the marathon opportunity to raise funds for something that has a positive influence on young girls’ lives on both a local and national level”

If you'd like to support Kate, check out her fundraising page here