Kathryn is doing it her way by Kathleen de Leon (Division 11 Candidate)

Kathleen & Kathryn

I am often amazed at the stories I hear from people. One such story is the story of Kathryn Austin whom I met at the Greenbank parkrun. 

Kathryn’s story began in 2011 during a time when her life was in a very dark place. It was at this point that Kathryn decided to start running and her first goal was to run 5km. Kathryn achieved this during the first year of running. 

One of the highlights of Kathryn’s running career is the Alpine Challenge in the Victorian Alps which runs over 34 hours. This Trek is 160km and is one the toughest trails in the Southern Hemisphere climbing 6 mountains with 7,600 m of ascent and descent. Kathryn not only completed this trek but was also first female and 10th overall. 

Another one of Kathryn’s greatest achievements is the UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc) trial in France which is run over 34 hrs. The UTMB is a 171km and 10,040m ascent race which passes through France, Italy, and Switzerland. Just to qualify for this event, you must complete 4 races including 2 Milers (a 160km race) within 2 years. 

After a year off in 2019, Kathryn tried circuit running to check on her nutrition and to build body strength. Kathryn entered the Butter24 Ultra Challenge. The goal for circuit running is to complete as many laps around a circuit track inside 24 hours as possible. Kathryn completed 409 laps (163.798km) and was 1st female and 4th person overall. Kathryn’s goal is to run 200km in 24hrs.

As Trail Master of Lake Manchester, Kathryn can give back to the sport she loves by encouraging families to participate. Lake Manchester has an adventure 1km run for kids as well as more challenging runs for more serious runners of up to 23km.

Kathryn’s message to everyone is to believe in themselves and know that whatever your challenge is, you don’t have to do it alone. There is no such word as failing, it is an experience and a chance to learn something about yourself. 

Kathryn Austin will be appearing in the new series on Channel 9 called My Way. The series is about Queenslanders doing great things their way. 

Kathleen De Leon

by Kathleen de Leon
(Division 11 Candidate)

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