Kirdford farmer to run Swiss marathon

Kate Lywood SUS-151020-150843001
Kate Lywood SUS-151020-150843001

Local farmer Kate Lywood is running her first marathon for charity, and she has chosen the Swiss city of Lucerne as the place to experience this.

Kate, 27, who manages her family business at Marshalls Farm, Kirdford, was inspired to run the marathon having completed a half-marathon last year.

She has chosen to raise money for Horsham-based charity Action Medical Research with her run.

She said: “Apart from the excellent work that the charity does for babies and children, there is another reason I selected it.

“Action Medical Research is a charity very close to the family as it was founded by former resident of Amberley, Duncan Guthrie - my stepdad’s father.”

As part of her training, Kate spent a week in the Scottish Highlands, where running 20-plus miles over rugged terrain helped with fitness levels.

The course of the Swiss City Marathon winds around the shores of Lac Lucerne. It takes place on Sunday, October 25.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Kate can do so at her fundraising page,, where 100% of the money donated goes to the charity.

Report and picture contributed by Sandy Guthrie.