On May 7th 2022, multiple half marathons will run on opposite sides of the world to celebrate the life of Kate Mest, and raise money for research to cure neuroendocrine tumours, a disease which tragically took Kate’s life at just 31 years of age in December 2021.
Kate, an Australian who met the love of her life Jack, in East London in 2016, raised nearly $7,000 AUD for the same cause a year after her diagnosis (and major surgery), by completing a triathlon. Therefore it seems only fitting that her friends and family unite across the globe on Kate’s birthday weekend to raise awareness and more money for her chosen charity – the Unicorn Foundation. Whilst a half marathon will seem a challenge to many of Kate’s friends, her unforgettable positivity will inspire them to embrace it as an opportunity for strength, happiness and love – qualities that Kate had in spades and spent her life creating in others.
We have set up two fundraising pots, to inspire a little bit of healthy competition between our race teams, but ultimately we are all running for the same purpose and the same fantastic charity which is based in Australia, so all donations shown are in Australian dollars.
Kate’s Australian based friends and family are running in three of Australia’s major cities. Running in Canberra, where Kate grew up and bought her home with Jacko and Scout, the route will included a climb up Mount Ainsley, which Kate climbed herself just 6 weeks after undergoing major surgery. In Melbourne, where Kate’s husband Jack was born and Kate enjoyed drinking Australia’s best coffee, Melburnians are running around all of Kate’s favourite spots. In Sydney, where many of Kate’s best friends live, friends and family are hugging the stunning Sydney coastline from Bondi to Coogee.
Kate’s London friends will be running from Limehouse, East London – where Kate first met and subsequently lived with her husband Jack – then, along to Broadway Market, which was their favourite Saturday stop. Following the meandering canals North West, the runners will pass many of Kate and Jack’s favourite haunts before arriving at Hyde Park, finishing up in a pub – in classic British style to raise a glass in her honour.
Not only will there be races happening in the UK and in Australia, Kate’s friends in Canada, Guatemala and Saudi Arabia, will also be taking part to raise money in her memory.