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A Little bit about me.

From being a high performing athlete to starting my own business and becoming a mum of four – my journey through life drives my passion in helping others achieve the goals they set themselves.

I have 10 years’ experience working with runners developing their physical ability but importantly their mental fortitude. I’ve combined this knowledge and experience with my own extensive racing experience to create a solid set of training principles that empowers people to achieve their wildest dreams.

 

I thrive on helping people with a passion, dream, or goal. It's my belief that we all have so much more within us. Regardless of age, sex, ability and history, the crucial thing is the desire to change, to find a way, to strive for more. With this we can all realise dreams we previously thought impossible.

It's here that you'll find out all about me, my qualifications and achievements as well as press coverage.

 

Click here if you are keen to read a bit more about my life so far!

MY QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • UK Athletics Leader in Run Fitness

  • Co-Active Fundamentals Empowerment Coach 

  • NHS Health and Well-being coach

  • UKSCA Foundation in Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Supporting coach with Team Bath Talent Development program Strength and Conditioning.

  • Peri and Post Menopause in Athletes Coach

  • Running biomechanics workshops co-host with Shane Benzie

MY COACHING CLIENTS HAVE

 

  • Gone from couch to 5km

  • Set marathon PBs

  • Gone from a non-runner to ultrarunner in 6 months

  • Recovered from cancer to run an ultramarathon

  • Completed the SAS Fan Dance

  • Multiple finishers of the Marathon des Sables

  • Raced in multi-day events in jungles, deserts and mountains

  • Set parkrun PBs

  • Completed 100 mile ultramarathons

  • Gone from running 10k to 50k

  • Gained running strength well into their 70s

  • Developed their self-confidence and love of running

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My qualifiations

A SELECTION OF MY 

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

1992 

- British University rowing champions 

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

- Mixed 8 Commonwealth Cup (Rowing): Winners


2012

- Marathon des Sables (250km, 6 stages): 257th (First Ultra)
 

2013

- Cotswold Way multi-stage ultra: 2nd female

- Jungle Ultra (230km, 5 stages): 2nd Female

 

2014

- Grim Reaper 40 mile ultra: 1st female
- Thames Path (100 miles): 3rd female
- Endurance Life 3 Marathons 3 days: 1st female
- Everest Trail Race (150km, 6 stages): 2nd female

 

2015

- Chilly 10km: 1st female vet
- UK trail championships (86 miles): 4th female

2016

- John O’Groats to Lands End World Record: Mixed Team

2017

- Conti 24hr race: 1st female
- CCC (100km)

 

2018
- Lost island Ultra Fiji (130km, 5 stages): 1st female

 

2019

- Green Man Ultra: 1st female

- 24 hour track race: 187km non-stop, 3rd female

2020

- Montane Spine Race: DNF at 160mi in 72hrs

Lockdown personal fun challenges:

- 4 x 4 x 48 running challenge

- 5 hour continuous treadmill challenge

2021

- Ultra Great Britain (215miles non-stop) 84 hours

2022

- Marathon des Sables paired with my son. He was 1st under 26yr old

Personal achievements

IN THE PRESS

A selection of stories from the past few years.

Click on the links to view

Women's Running

The Montane Spine Race

'Warrior'

50 Shades of Grey Matter

 

Embodied (book contribution)

Indefatigable: How I manage to beat the desire to stop

 

Bath Life

The Sun - Fabulous Mag

Lunges and Lycra

How to train for an ultramarathon

33Fuel Podcast

Conquer fear with ultra runner and coach Kerry Sutton

 

Tribeathlon Podcast

Taming The Ultras with Kerry Sutton

In the press
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My Story

MY STORY - THE LONGER VERSION!

I have always enjoyed sport and been part of school teams but I never felt I was very good. My brothers were in multiple county teams, no sooner had they picked up a racket than they were naturals excelling at the sport. It was a hard act to follow and my confidence in my ability took a hit. It wasn't until I reached university and was selected to be part of the 1st 8 rowing crew that I began to find my place. We went on to win countless trophies including the British university title. 

I continued rowing after Uni and alongside this started to set myself longer and longer challenges. I didnt realise at the time but here was the beginnings of me carving out my place, the place I felt worthy, found a sense of belonging, something I found was good at and that was challenging my endurance. I set up personal challenges for fun, kayaking from Oxford to London to raise money for charity. Cycling London to Bristol, endurance swimming challenges and many more. I especially enjoyed walking for long periods. After the birth of my second child I saw a poster for the MacMillan 100km walk event along the Highland Way (we lived in Edinburgh at the time) I entered. I slung my 6 month old into a rucksack and started to train. I loved this event, the comradery, the physical challenge, the vibrant aid stations, walking thought the night, the focus on the completion… I loved it all and wanted more. 

Fast forward to Sydney and another 2 kids in tow and I spotted another of these 100km challenges along a beautiful route tracking down the coast of NSW. I instantly signed up and having dropped my other 3 at school I slung my 4th child on my back and began to train. It was once again a life affirming experience. I remember standing on the start line and seeing people starting ahead of us who were running the event. Who would have thought you could run such a distance! My interest was piqued but I had one problem, I had never liked running!  It was time to crack this mental block. I signed up to do a local 5km and entered an all women sprint triathlon the perfect place to build my confidence. Progress was slow and measured but I got there and completed both events. It took another few years before I would call myself a runner, but I had turned ‘I can’t into I bloody well will!’

It is interesting when you look back over your life and can see patterns emerging. I can clearly see my love of endurance came from a position of lack and comparison. But over time, by not giving up, I found my niche, something that really brought out the best in me, gave me purpose and fulfilment and which I excel at. 

I returned to the UK and by chance watched the MDS documentary. I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do next. I called Steve and he laughed, there is a 2 year waiting list he told me…. I was determined to find a way… it was the first year they had places supporting their charity Solidarite and I took a place and started to train, I had 6 short months to turn myself into an ultra runner. To this point I had only run a 10km! 

 

That was 2012 and this exciting, mad journey has continued and here I am today. Multiple fabulous, hard, dangerous and wild challenges later to being a empowerment and run coach. Driven by my passion to unlock potential in those who feel unsure, incapable, and inconfident. And to support and build those who have tasted the richness of running and ultras and who are wanting to find that bit more in themselves. I truly believe we can surpass our wildest dreams with the right support.

Read about my Coaching and Motivational Speaking

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