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Leading the Way

To Kathrine Switzer, running has provided ‘everything’ “It has given me my career, my travel, my health, my religion, my husband and myself, maybe most importantly,” she says. “It has given me myself.”

But whatever she has taken from running, the now 71-year-old has repaid it so generously that the sport will forever be in her debt.

Her return has included historical and rule-changing moments, stand-out athletic performances, a game-changing global running circuit, and inspirational social network and more.

Switzer is a women’s running pioneer and has scaled the heights at seemingly all she has put her mind to. Her latest endeavour was to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time and was after the 38th edition of the race which she helped pave the way for that she spoke with AW, her medal proudly draped around her neck and a tribute to the now late, great Bruce Tulloh on her bib – number 261, of course.

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