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 KATHARINE FORD

Since the age of 4, Katie has had epilepsy but has always been hugely frustrated by the stigma surrounding the condition, be it looking for a job, or being rejected by a partner because of the how the condition is perceived. In 2011 she set up her blog, the Diary of an Epileptic Ultra Cyclist to increase awareness and started work on finally putting her idea into action, to start an epilepsy-focused Ultra-endurance cycling project.


She is currently the Youngest British Female to officially finish the 3000 mile Race Across America, as part of her 4 Woman Team, within the 9-day time limit. When she completed the ride, she also became the first ever Scottish rider to complete RAAM as well.


On the 10th of March 2017, Katie set the genderless British record and second greatest distance to be 

recorded by a female on a Static Cycle in 12 hours, completing 340.04km, less than 8km within the world record. 


Katie is our Solo rider hoping to break the Women's 100 mile, 8 hour and 12 hour Track Cycling world records, which she will attempt in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, in Glasgow, having worked for over 4 years to secure a venue in order to attempt the world records to create the awareness around the stigma of epilepsy.


An Olympic Torchbearer for London 2012, Katie's torch currently sits in Ward 7 of the Royal Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh, where it is used as the milestone for patients relearning to walk after brain & spine injuries. From 1996 to 2001, she was treated in the same ward as an in-patient and out-patient over 5 years, before finally undergoing life changing brain surgery. 


Post surgery Katie was able to start a career in the Police within Glasgow City Centre, and although her epilepsy returned 5 years post surgery, it brought the frequency of her seizures down from approximately 4600 per year, to approximately one seizure per year or less, allowing her to pursue Ultra-marathon cycling.