Karen Brook

Runner Profile


Year Completed:
2016, 2017

Big Red Run Experience

Signing up to do the Big Red Run in 2016 changed my perspective on running and myself. For whatever reason, I always had this idea that to be a runner you had to run at a reasonable pace and not stop! I most certainly didn't consider myself to be a runner and the idea of running a marathon was the furthest thing from my mind. However, after watching my sister Jenna Brook walk/run it in 2015, I thought that if she could do it I could do it as I considered myself more of a runner than her!

In 2016 I signed up for the 250km with a bucket load of dutch courage and far more mental fitness than physical fitness and I walked it and got it done. It's an event you can walk and finish within the cut off.

In 2017 I had unfinished business and signed up again and won the 150km event.

I LOVE this event and anyone can do it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a personal challenge. You are fit enough, you know enough, you can do it! The people, the scenery, the safety, the organisers - it is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. I've never experienced anything like it before and I doubt I ever will again.

After two years of being a competitor, it's my turn to repay the favour and i'll be back again as a volunteer (who are bettered referred to as 'angels in the desert').

Sign-up! Make a decision and GO!