In the Hotseat with Catherine Williamson

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WHITBY cyclist and fell runner Catherine Williamson recently capped a marvellous year by winning a coveted award.

She was crowned the top female achiever at the Scarborough and District Sports Awards – one of six overall Whitby winners on the night.

Catherine, of Ruswarp Lane, competed for the GB cycling team in the recent World Championships in Denmark as well as team events in South Africa, using her fell running skills as training for her cycling.

She takes a turn In the Hotseat for a chat with sports editor Duncan Atkins ...

1.What are your first memories of Whitby?

Being picked up from school in Loftus with my brother on a summer’s day and heading down to the beach at Whitby with our buckets and spade.

2.What makes Whitby special to you?

So many things. Cycling over the moors and heading down for a nice cuppa at Sandsend hut, wrapping up and walking on the pier in winter, sitting out with fish and chips, running up at May Beck in the summer and so many more!

3.Life’s highlight?

Getting married.

4.Biggest regret?

None so far.

5.What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Porridge with grated apple and a huge pot of tea.

6.What is your favourite eating place?

Sitting outside Beckview Tearoom in Lealholm in the sun by the stream after a long ride.

7.What is your favourite pub?

Bay Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay.

8.Where are the best fish and chips?

Fusco’s Royal Fisheries, Baxtergate.

9.What is your worst habit?

Overtraining.

10.Where was your last holiday?

Scotland last summer.

11.When was the last time you cried?

Out of shock when I thought my husband had been hit by a speeding car (he wasn’t but it was a close one)!

12.What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

Riding with Whitby Wheelers over to Rosedale and back followed by an afternoon walk to Falling Foss Tea Gardens with a cream tea and finished with watching a Grand Prix in front of the fire.

13.What was your first job?

Lifeguard at Loftus Leisure Centre.

14.What is your favourite film?

True Romance, we used the soundtrack at our wedding.

15.What is your favourite book?

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

16.If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?

Not a lot, think I’d give a fair bit away as life is pretty good at the moment.

17.Dracula or Captain Cook?

What as a dinner date? Think my husband would disapprove.

18.What is your signature dish?

Nothing special, I’m afraid, though at uni my baked bean, wafer ham pasta delight was pretty famous!

19.Favourite drink?

Tea, especially from a big pot with a few Hobnobs on the side!

20.What would be your epitaph?

If in doubt, go flat out.