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Pretty Nifty at Fifty: Meet the Triathlete Grandmother on a Mission to get you Moving

Kate McBain, 52, is determined to stay fit after her father suffered a fatal heart attack aged 64. She lives in Andover with her husband and is the mother of three and grandmother to two.

Despite having multiple surgeries on her shoulder at 49, Kate was determined to stay active once she celebrated her 50th birthday.

“I started working towards a triathlon at 50 as it was on my bucket list. I nearly couldn’t do it, however, as I had three operations on my shoulder and was worried that I wouldn’t do front crawl again. My first 5k run was extremely hard as running was something I really struggled with.”

In January of this year Simplyhealth became the new title partner of the Great Run Series, giving Kate the idea of getting as many of the company’s staff active as possible.

“I will be doing several Simplyhealth Great Runs this year but I want to help as many of my work colleagues over the line of the Simplyhealth Great South Run in October as I can. I am also about to start a work running club for colleagues who are complete beginners.

“My goals for 2017 are to help encourage others to get up and moving. I am personally quite passionate about this as my father died at 64 of a heart attack, so staying fit and healthy is important to me. I will be doing a sea swim to remember him this year as it’s the 20 year anniversary since his death.

“The part of the triathlons that I like best is the swimming, particularly in open water, and that is my strongest discipline out of the three.”

Kate’s motivation to stay active has rubbed off on her children, who have all been participating in the ‘couch to 5k’ initiative that she has been a coach for.

If that wasn’t enough for Kate, she has set her sights on inspiring even more people to take up running and setting goals for themselves.

“I want to get even more people moving. I’d be more than happy to help anybody out there who wants to take up this great sport. I’ve been bitten by the running bug.”

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