Running thirty marathons – still going strong!

Last Sunday (21st July 2019) I completed my 30th marathon since 2013. Before 2013, I had no intention of running a marathon or running at all. Then as I was in early thirties, I started to note that I was gaining weight whilst working in the railway and eating sh*t loads of cr*p whilst traveling, so I got a gym pass and for six months I was in there nearly every day doing two hour sessions to lose weight and tone up.

After that period of time, it was a case of ok, I am fit enough again, what shall I do. I was traveling in the Swiss Alps in October 2012 when I saw a video on a monitor inside a train of the Jungfrau mountain marathon and it looked challenging. It looked appealing in fact. It was around this time I lost my uncle Dennis who I was close to and decided to race this in his memory. I wasn’t going to run this, I was going to race this. After making this decision, I ran. I just ran (and did a few gym sessions). I entered the Brighton marathon and raced this, just to see if I could complete a marathon ahead of the Jungfrau. I did and finished it in 03-53-30. It was time to go up a level.

A few days later I joined my first running club, Fairlands Valley Spartans of Stevenage and joined in a lot of their training sessions. As a second major test, the next month I did the Halstead marathon and got a personal best by getting my time down to 03-40-32. Summer came and two more marathons passed, I got the bug and then it was time for the ‘that’ mountain marathon. It was the biggest challenge of my life and to overcome it with a time of 04-54-12, I was very happy. Words couldn’t describe what I was feeling when I crossed the finish line.

Then over the next few years I reached my ‘peak’ (and more likely to be the final peak!), where I got a personal best in Riga (Latvia) marathon of 03-16-22 (despite stopping for a two minute toilet break after mile one), which en-route saw me run marathons in Spain, Hong Kong, France to name a few places and I also grabbed a fourth place finish in Deal, Kent (UK).

That was the high then the next few years (after my cycle ride to Amsterdam from Stevenage), injuries came along (which I still have a slight problem with my right glute muscle), my marriage broke down (but a few years later got back on track), piled on the weight whilst I was with another girl and drank lots of beer despite acting that life was fantastic but deep inside me my life was spiralling downwards. I also left Fairlands Valley Spartans and trained by myself for a while. Despite all the problems, I kept running, I kept training but it was difficult, physically and mentally. There was also good points, I joined Stevenage Striders and two days after joining them I made my debut in the London Marathon and I also ran at two world championships at half-marathon distance in Wales and Spain. But I was getting really fat after that and I was struggling to complete marathons. I took the next step and got a personal trainer in, Craig Halsey from KineoRun (google him up guys) and it was a long struggle, patience and a lot of set backs during training but eventually I managed to get a sub four-hour marathon in Paris, France earlier this year. With Craig I also managed to complete a marathon in Hawaii with desert-like conditions and dry air which I would now say is the biggest challenge of my life and not running up that mountain!

I retired from racing marathons after Paris as my body is taking a lot of beatings in the last two years but parted company with Craig for the short time (I might return if I have another project…who knows what life will bring, its always a rollercoaster with me), but I still continue to run and shed the weight off in the gym. Last Sunday I entered the Fairlands Valley Challenge for a laugh, a self-guided run where I follow a list of instructions and run mostly off-road through the East Hertfordshire countryside. I didnt train up for this marathon, I just did it. My glute went again (of course) but I still managed to get around under five hours, I take that. I just being doing Parkruns (sometimes with a buggy and my daughter, Amelie – aka Kiddo tagging along) and a few 10k’s. The bug is still there. I haven’t got any events booked as I write this but I am sure I will be doing more marathons in the future.

Here is the list of marathons I have done with times to reach the ’30’ mark.

Running Marathon 01

Brighton Marathon (UK) – April 2013. Time: 03-53-30

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Brighton Marathon (2013)

and then running marathon 02

Halstead Marathon (UK) – May 2013 – 03-40-32

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Halstead Marathon (2013)

Marathon 03

Fairlands Valley Challenge – Stevenage, UK – July 2013. Time: 04-12-00

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Fairlands Valley Challenge – Stevenage – July 2013

Marathon 04

Kent Coastal Marathon – Margate, UK. September 2013. Time: 03-34-27

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Kent Coastal Marathon – Margate – 2013

Marathon 05

Jungfrau (Mountain) Marathon – Interlaken, Switzerland. September 2013. Time: 04-54-12

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Jungfrau Marathon (Switzerland) – September 2013

Marathon 06

Brighton Marathon (UK), April 2014. Time: 03-40-19

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Brighton Marathon – April 2014

Marathon 07

Milton Keynes (UK), May 2014. Time: 04-00-16

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Milton Keynes Marathon – May 2014

Marathon 08

Halstead Marathon (UK), May 2014. Time: 03-48-56

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Halstead Marathon – May 2013

Marathon 09

Riga (Latvia), May 2014. Time: 03-58-27

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Riga (Latvia) – May 2014

Marathon 10

Kent Roadrunners (Gravesend, UK), May 2014. Time: 04-08-58

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Kent Roadrunners Marathon – Gravesend – May 2013

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Marathon 11

Thames Meander (South-West London), August 2014. Time: 03-54-21

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Thames Meander Marathon – South-West London – August 2014

Marathon 12

Stevenage (UK), November 2014. Time: 03-41-54

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Stevenage Marathon – November 2014

Marathon 13

Malaga (Spain), December 2014. Time: 03-32-21

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Malaga Marathon (Spain) – December 2014

Marathon 14

Gran Canaria (Spain), January 2015. Time: 03-47-48

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Gran Canaria Marathon (Spain) – January 2015

Marathon 15

Paris (France), April 2015. Time: 03-20-36

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Paris Marathon (France) – April 2015

Marathon 16

St George’s Day Marathon (Deal, UK), April 2015. Time: 03-25-48 4th PLACE

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
St George’s Day Marathon – Deal – April 2014

Marathon 17

Riga (Latvia), May 2015. Time: 03-16-22 PERSONAL BEST

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Riga Marathon (Latvia) – May 2015

Marathon 18

Fairlands Valley Challenge (Ultra Distance – 30 miles) – Stevenage, UK. Time: 04-54-22

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Fairlands Valley Challenge – Stevenage – July 2015

Marathon 19

Berlin (Germany), September 2015. Time: 03-39-55

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Berlin Marathon (Germany) – September 2015

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Marathon 20

Martello Marathon (Folkestone, UK) – November 2015. Time: 03-37-05 5th PLACE

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Folkestone – November 2015

Marathon 21

Hong Kong (China), January 2016. Time: 03-44-17

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Hong Kong Marathon (China) – January 2016

Marathon 22

London (UK), April 2015. Time: 03-53-22

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
London Marathon – April 2016

Marathon 23

Riga (Latvia), May 2016. Time: 03-50-22

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Riga Marathon (Latvia) – May 2016

Marathon 24

Zermatt (Mountain Marathon), Switzerland – Ultra Distance (28 miles). Time: 07-20-49

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Zermatt Marathon (Switzerland) – July 2016

Marathon 25

Samphire Hoe (Dover, UK), July 2016. ULTRA – 50 miles. Time 12-00-00

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Samphire Hoe – July 2016

Marathon 26

Usual Suspects Marathon (Samphire Hoe, Dover, UK). Time: 04-50-10

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Usual Suspects Marathon near Dover – December 2016

Marathon 27

Riga (Latvia), May 2017. Time: 05-33-33

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Riga Marathon (Latvia) – May 2017

Marathon 28

Kona Marathon (Kona, Hawaii, USA) – June 2018. Time: 05-02-37

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Kona Marathon (Hawaii, USA) – June 2018

Marathon 29

Paris (France), April 2019. Time: 03-52-06

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Paris Marathon (France) – April 2019

Marathon 30

Fairlands Valley Challenge (Stevenage, UK), July 2019 – Time: 04-56-00 – 4th PLACE

Thirty marathons completed...still going strong
Fairlands Valley Challenge (Stevenage) – July 2019

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