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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > June 2019 - CRUSH 50K THE EASY WAY > ”My running is about adventure!”

”My running is about adventure!”

Kerry Sutton is a running evangelist. The combination of its physical demands, and the way it enables you to see inside yourself and grow emotionally have put it front and centre of her professional and personal life

“Am I competitive? Well, I’m competitive about making sure I get to the end. If that means I get first place, so be it; if it’s last place, so be it. But I’ve got to be tired and to have worked to my potential.” Meet Kerry Sutton: runner, run coach, mentor, mother of four.

We met her just days after she’d not only taken part in – but smashed – one of the hardest, most mind-boggling races we’ve ever heard of. The Crawley AIM 24 Hour is – you’ve guessed it – a 24-hour ultramarathon. Around a 400m running track. Yes, you read that correctly.

“I did 469 laps,” says Kerry. “I managed 117 miles in the 24 hours. There were 40 people in the race and it was a very strong field. It’s oft en used as a qualifier for European races,” she adds, happily.

For her, it had been a challenge she didn’t know she could overcome. Mostly because she has always hated seeing the competition during races and this time she knew she’d be able to see them all the time through day and night. This kind of scenario has always messed with Kerry’s mental strengths: “My demons start playing up: ‘They’re faster than you, you’re not a good runner, you’re too big.”

And it’s not just the mental rigours in a race like this. “People were more broken at the end than I’ve seen in any ultra,” she continues. “Trail running allows your muscles, tendons and ligaments to move this way and that, but this was such a singular motion that my knees were really suffering.

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The weather is glorious, which means it’s time to push our training to another level. This issue, we take on the ultra: and it turns out us mere mortals can take this on! If you can already run 5K (just 5K!) we’ve uncovered a training plan that will take you up to 50K in 30 weeks. We also speak to our inspirational cover star Kerry, on making the journey from non-runner to running coach, and all with a smile on her face. And we’ve got a bumper review section this month, from bras for big boobs to the latest running shoes from all the top brands. Our big issue this month is equality: the more we run, the more we discover inequality in running – different distances and prize money for women (and by ‘different’ we don’t mean better…), and certainly different treatment. Pick up our June issue to discover what’s going on behind the scenes, and how we can work together to bridge the gender running gap.