KATIE Fallows was definitely the cat who got the cream after celebrating her London Marathon debut with a personal best time for the 26.2 miles distance.
The 33-year-old animal lover from Greenfield was a puss in running shoes as she completed the capital challenge in 4 hours 19 minutes 13 seconds.
And despite crossing the finishing line Katie hasn’t ‘pawsed’ her bid to raise funds for the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
So, far the library development officer has raised almost £1,500 for the pdsa but wants to boost the final total to £1,900.
Katie is no stranger to marathons or ultra-distance races. So, she was “a bit sore” but overall feeling fine after her efforts.
“I am pretty chuffed because I didn’t expect that time,” said Katie who ran the route with friend and co fundraiser Caroline Jones from Dobcross. “I was just hoping to finish.
“It was my fourth marathon but my first in London. I’ve already signed up for next year’s Manchester Marathon which I was regretting when I got to mile 25.
“I’m sure I will have recovered by then,” she laughed.
“It was an amazing experience and really emotional.
“Caroline and I have ran 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and the ultra marathon.
“But we had never done a marathon together so with it being London as well, it was really special.
“Because I wore a cat outfit with ears, whiskers and a tail, the crowds were shouting ‘Katie cat lady’. I even had a few people meowing at me.
“The first half you don’t really realise you are running because you are taking it all in.”
Katie and Caroline were also kept on their toes by their fellow competitors.
“We ran with some of the cast from Eastenders for a little while,” she added.
“We also saw a man dressed as cheese, there was another runner dressed as slinky dog from Toy Story and also ran next to a rhino for a little while.
“That was in the first half of the race; in the second it was just head down, concentrating on getting to the finishing line.”
Local business have rallied round and supported Katie’s fund raising including: Wag and Bone, Saddleworth Outdoor, Dinnerstone, Lisa’s dog grooming, Naked Bean, Station Brew, Little Owl Farm and Tesco.
“I’m pretty pleased with what I have raised so far but I want to reach my target, “ added Katie who will be hosting a stall at St Mary’s School car boot, Chew Valley Road on May 5.
“I have two cats, Alfred and Hettie-both from rescue shelters. But two weeks before the marathon I was at work and found a stray cat behind the library in Oldham.
“I took her home because that’s what I do and she gave birth to six, two-week-old kittens. Now, I have nine cats in my house which is a bit excessive even for me.”
• To make a donation, go online: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katiecatlady