KATIE Palmer used to reserve exercise simply for shaping up for holidays.
But now she’s found a new love of running as she prepares to take on the London Marathon next month.
And the 24-year-old has a very personal motivation for taking part.
She spends her Saturdays volunteering with the Children’s Society, as a visitor for a teenager living in foster care.
And having spent time in care herself Katie knows well the value of a strong care system and is hoping to raise £2,500 to support it.
Before signing up for the 26.2 mile race Katie had never run before. But after just six months of training she now takes 16 mile runs in her stride.
She said: “Volunteering was something I wanted to do because I’ve been in the care system and been adopted. I’m friends with the girl I visit now.
“When I told her I was running the marathon and why the smile on her face ...that’ll get me through it on the day.
“I think it’s amazing people who can’t have children have that opportunity to raise a child who’s not had a wonderful life. It’s a big thing for my family.”
The former Queen Mary’s School pupil grew up with adoptive parents Lesley and Noel on Coronation Road, Lytham.
To sponsor Katie visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/.