Kate Southern
Runner and Coach (Palmerston North)

Based down in the mighty Manawatu, Kate is legendary in the local running communities. With three boys in tow, you'll often find her leading groups, encouraging others both online and in person as well working for the local running club, Manawatu Striders

They're a very active family, and Kate and her husband often complete events together - she says it's a great excuse to have a weekend away without the kids once in a while. Most recently they completed the Cape Kidnappers Trail Run (Hawkes Bay) and there are plans afoot to tackle a 50km ultra together in the coming months as well.

Not only does Kate work for the Striders, but she helped set up the Palmerston North parkrun in 2017, then became a run coach with the global movement 261 Fearless. This group is all focused on empowering women through running (definitely our kind of movement). Kate thrives off being alongside other runners and celebrating with them as they discover more of themselves. 

Like every Mum, her biggest challenges at the moment are keeping on top of work (she's also self-employed with a family-owned business), family, home, volunteering roles and her own fitness goals.

Knowing how overwhelming it can be, Kate knows the power of asking for help and saying no when she has to. 

She’s also a huge advocate for openness when it comes to mental health, and often shares her perspective on living with anxiety and the strategies that work for her.

We asked Kate what she's most grateful for - her family. Always supportive of each other, she feels very blessed to have them around her. 

Be sure to connect with Kate online via her Instagram @k8__nz 

For more on the groups Kate works with check out Manawatu Striders here and 261 Fearless here