21–22 January 2023 109 days to go! Tickets

Karla Gregory

Ran as teenager dipped in and out, around 2000 started running more seriously completed various runs 5k to half marathon.
Between 2000/2012 I was running coach run/walk and held number of beginners group,
2012 I was doing the next stage running coach course sadly just before end I had a car accident and had to stop running.
I then got diagnosed with PTSD following something.
Without running recovery was hard
Fast forward 2016 I completed ride 100 London/Surrey
2017 I finally had ballot place for VMLM i got back into running but alone. Sadly just before my PTSD hit me again and I deferred.
I decided to do it I had to get anxiety under control so completed EMDR.
The recovery I joined a women’s running group and really loved it and joined parkrun.
Then started meeting more people and engaging in social media with runners. 2018 I turned up ready for VMLM but boom about mile 5 I had what I thought was cramp carried on in pain and very slowly until just before mile 18 where I asked for medical support thinking still it was cramp – nope I was taken to hospital and told my pelvis was broken.
After few weeks I volunteered at park run then did parkrun and walked it which I continue to do & vary between volunteering and participating as a runner/Walker.
I was featured in Runners World for it recently.
I have a Facebook running with mental health illness group and strava group.
As a mental health professional/qualified Mental health nurse I really want to advocate more about mental health and running.
I’m now 12 wks since LM and while running is hard I’m building up with walk runs, swimming, gym & various classes. I have Totnes 10k soon and hope run richmond & royal parks,.
2019 I plan and hope to be back at LM I have a Facebook page of London Marathon my nemesis you will not beat me !
I ran last year in memory of Adrian Beaumont my friend killed on M5 16:9:17 his partner my friend gave me a lot of support and encouragement but sadly also died from the accident just before LM.
Also 2019 I plan to swim the serpentine so to claim my classics medal as 2019 I will be 50.
I hope my age, weight and experience inspires others to see running is for everyone.
I have to add the photo I attach includes a lady who gave up her LM to help me and we have become great friends.
I also completed OCR