At first, she connected with SweetTree Farming For All because she was interested in hiring out the farm yurt on the Mill Hill SweetTree Fields site as a venue for her pilates classes (watch this space!), but she finds herself popping in to just connect with the farm itself.
“I don’t know anything about farming, but I know that I love being outdoors,” she says. “Around this part of London, it’s quite hard to find this kind of natural space. I was delighted to discover it.
“I met Jude and see now what happens at SweetTree Fields, and I can’t help but think, ‘How has she built such services?’ She’s so young! How does she stay so motivated? It’s inspiring.”
“There’s clearly so much potential just to learn from the expertise of the staff here; to accumulate knowledge about the forest, planting, the animals – knowledge that we all had once, but lost. Today was the first time I’d ever touched a chicken! It’s a simple thing, but also quite wonderful.”
Katy’s professional advice for Jude and fellow runners as she builds up to the first of her 12 marathons in 12 months:
- Get the long training runs in, but then back down. Respect your need to recover!
- Don’t neglect your core and abdominal strengthening, and ladies, get lots of glute work in.
- You want at least three pairs of the same running shoes, and to break them in over time.
- Make sure that you’re stretching and ensure that you’re using a foam roller.
- It will be the emotional support that gets you through it. Don’t underestimate the power of friends and family!