Cath Wallis is an Australian ultra endurance athlete who has completed some of the world’s toughest foot races.
She is also a mother of three with a busy career and those had been her passions and her focus for many years. It was during a step up in her career, aged about 40, when she realised she had nothing interesting to write in her bio for the new job that life changed forever.
She dug deep and realised that the thing that really lit her up was the great outdoors and being in wide open spaces so she embarked upon what one might consider a foolish endeavour – she entered a 100km race with no previous walking or running experience and with only three months to get fit. She completed it within the time – just – and swore she would never do anything so stupid again…
At this point it is probably worth mentioning that Cath does not look like society tells us a trail runner should. She is a big person, as she puts it, and her mission is to encourage people who may never imagine they could do something extraordinary to take those first steps and conquer the fear. To get on and live out their dreams and hopes and adventures in the only body they will ever have and to hell with what they should look like/be like/feel like.
Her chat is brilliant, funny and full of great anecdotes about her adventures (for example The Canberra 100, The Big Red Run, The Oman Desert Marathon, Hellespont Race and Race to the Wreck) and especially the most recent one: competing in the Simpson Desert Ultra, as its ambassador, with a team of 18 amazing women who took it on having never done anything like that before.
For more info on how you can join Cath on her adventures: