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Counting up to 500 Marathons- Number 451 is completed on target

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Cotswolds based Steve Edwards completed Marathon number 451 on Sunday April 6th.
Steve only had to go to Taunton, Somerset this time, to complete marathon number 451 in his bid for a world record of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Only 49 more races to go!
The Flora London Marathon is next on the list.

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Another World Record Challenge for Cotswold’s Steve Edwards- 10 Marathons in 10 Days

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Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May 2008 – Brathay, Ambleside in the Lake District
Steve Edwards our intrepid marathon runner from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is not satisfied with challenging for just one World Record in running 500 Marathons in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. He is challenging for a second World Record in May by running the fastest ever cumulative time for 10 marathons in 10 days on a accurately measured UK Athletics certified marathon course.

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Another milestone – Marathon 450 is ticked off by Cotswold’s Steve Edwards

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Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-Marsh went all the way to Scotland to complete marathon number 450 in his bid for a world record of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Only 50 more races to go!  Read the rest of this entry »

Marathon 449 comes and goes – Cotswold’s Steve Edwards completes another race

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Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-Marsh ran his 449 marathon last Sunday 9th March in a time of 3 hours 13 minutes and 26 seconds and that is another fine time and another race under his belt towards his world record challenge of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold’s Christian Cullinane completes the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational Race

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Moreton-in-Marsh based Christian Cullinane has cycled (and walked) to complete the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational Race in 7 days 13 hours and ten minutes and arrived in McGrath, Alaska at 03.10 on Monday 10th March. Read the rest of this entry »

448 and counting – Cotswolds Marathon Man completes another race

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Cotswolds based Steve Edwards ran his 448 marathon last Sunday – 17th February – in a time of 3 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds and that is one more race and one more very good time towards his world record challenge of 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes.
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Go the extra mile for charity at Bourton

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Cotswold Leisure Bourton will do its bit for charity next month when it hosts the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

Manager Jo Whitfield is calling runners of all abilities to come along to centre, in Station Road, to take part in a sponsored one, three or six-mile charity run on Sunday March 16th.

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500 marathons by 2012- superman Steve Edwards is going for it in record time.

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Steve EdwardsCotswolds based Steve Edwards is aiming to run 500 marathons by 2012. Running them is not unique – others have done it before, believe it or not – but Steve wants to run his 500 marathons world record challenge in an average time of under 3hours 20 mins and this tight time factor is certainly unique.

Steve, who is lives at Moreton-in-Marsh has currently run 447 marathons at an average time of 3 hours 18 minutes so he is well on course for his target. He ran the Gloucester Marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes in January and his schedule for the next three months is as follows:-

Draycote Water Marathon Rugby Warwickshire – 17th February
Duchy Marathon Redruth Cornwall – 9th March
Dumfries Marathon Dumfries Scotland – 23rd March
Taunton Marathon Taunton Somerset – 6th April
Flora London Marathon – 13th April
Rotary Shakespeare Marathon Stratford-upon-Avon -27th April

Even this three month schedule means running a marathon on average nearly every two weeks!!

We shall be reporting his time for each marathon as it takes place but in May he will taking part in a special challenge – the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge – which will be outside his 500 marathons attempt ( I can well understand why) and we will be reporting upon this event separately.

As part of this 500 marathon challenge Steve is continuing to represent and raise awareness of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their involvement in the “Rebuilding Lives Through Sport” (RLTS) initiative. SIA, which is based in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, is a UK charity dedicated to supporting the 40,000 people in the country who are paralysed through spinal cord injury.

SIA has been chosen as “Official Charity” for the 2008 Flora London Marathon and half of the money raised by the SIA’s London Marathon Team will be allocated, as grants, to encourage participation in wheelchair sport.

“Sport can play a crucial role in rebuilding confidence and relieving isolation following spinal cord injury but only a tiny percentage of people actively participate with any regularity.RLTS is a fantastic way of promoting the benfits of wheelchair sport both to people living with spinal cord injury and to the wider disabled community”
Source:Spinal Injuries Association

Steve began running marathons over 20 years ago and by 1990 had become the youngest person (at that time) to run 100 marathons. In 1992 he broke the world record for running the most marathons run in a single year running an incredible 87 marathons in the 52 week period with an average finishing time of 3 hours 14 minutes. Then came challenge number three which will coincide with the London Olympics and Steve reaching 50 when he aims to retire from competitive marathon running with the 500 marathons chalked up.

Training is obviously of immense importance to Steve and in some ways the marathons act as long training run when they come in rapid succession. However, midweek he is still out every night running some 30-40 miles per week.

“The marathon is widely known as the ultimate test of athletic endurance, 26.2 miles of running, a gruelling and punishing event that tests the limits of one’s resolve to overcome fear with sheer guts and determination”
Source: Steve Edwards

www.spinal.co.uk

For the forthcoming Brathay “10 Marathons in 10 days Challenge” Steve can be sponsored on www.justgiving.com/steveedwards10in10

Gloucestershire pupils raise over £5,100 to feed children in developing countries

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Pupils from 54 schools in Gloucestershire have given generously and raised over £5100.00 to feed children in developing countries.

Schools were invited to take part in the World Food Programme’s ‘Buy One Give One Free’ initiative, which took place on World Food Day on Monday 16th October.  Schoolchildren were asked to donate 11p, which is the amount needed to feed one child in the developing world for one day.

As a county, they raised £5144.26, which translates into 46,766 extra children being fed through the World Food Programme’s School Feeding Programme.

Many events were organised by pupils themselves, with school councils and classes coming up with ideas to raise money for the World Food Programme’s School Feeding Programmes including miles of pennies, auctions, car washing and theme days. Bishop’s College, Shrubberies Special School and Heron Primary School won a competition to tell the story of their campaigns.  Representatives from these schools will be visiting the World Food Programme in London next month.

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools; said: This is an extremely impressive amount of money to be raised by our schoolchildren. Through their generosity, they have ensured that over 46,000 children will receive a meal.  This is a wonderful example of pupil power and participation and I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of the schools which took part”.

Representatives from School Councils of some of the schools that raised money have been invited to a ceremony to be held at Shire Hall in Gloucester on Wednesday 16th January where Greg Barrow, a representative of The World Food Programme will receive the cheques from students of Archway School, who raised the largest amount of money.  Jo Davidson, Group Director of Children and Young People’s Services, will be presenting certificates.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

From the Cotswolds to Alaska for the Iditarod Trail Invitational Race

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Christian Cullinane is going to cycle 350 miles non stop across Alaska to raise money for Winston’s Wish charity

The Iditarod Trail Invitational Race is an extreme competition which sees individuals cycle, walk or ski 1100 miles or 350 miles non stop across Alaska. The race is billed as the World’s Longest Human Powered Winter Race and is so tough that it is strictly by invitation only with a 50 racer limit. Experienced winter athletes may take part but many of the competitors will not reach the end. Temperatures can plummet to minus 50 degrees centigrade and white-out blizzards can hit in seconds and last for days. The 2008 race is the 7th Annual race and it starts on Sunday 24th February at 14.00. The start is at Knik Lake on the Gulf of Alaska and the 350 mile race ends at McGrath in the Kuskokwim Mountains. The full 1100 mile race ends at Nome on the Bering Sea.
Alaska Bound

Christian Cullinane from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is no stranger to endurance events having run across the Sahara Desert in the 150 mile Marathon Des Sables, completed the 100 mile Mont Blanc Ultra Marathon and has been to Alaska twice before to race in a “shorter” 130 mile snow shoe race. Christian is competitor number 10 and is one of only 5 Brits entered for the race. There are currently 3 racer spots left so is there anyone out there who fancies this extreme challenge?

Christian is using the race to raise money for Winston’s Wish, a Cheltenham based national child bereavement charity. The charity was founded in 1992 and offers support to bereaved children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling as well as offering guidance, support and information to their families and to anyone concerned about a bereaved child throughout the UK.

Every 30 minutes a child in the UK is bereaved of a parent; this equates to 20,000 new children each year learning to live with a powereful range of confusing and conflicting emotions. Winston’s wish is now recognised as the leading organisation in this field and its pioneering model of family support has been adapted and used by many other organisations throughout the UK and abroad.

We wish Christian every success in the race.
To support Christian and to make a donation to Winston’s Wish visit his website at www.cool-biker.com

www.winstonswish.org.uk
www.iditarod.it
www.2x2wordwide.com
www.keela.co.uk
www.terra-nova.co.uk

Christian will be riding a modified Land Rover Bikes Kaikas mountain bike. He will be wearing a Keela Spectrum Jacket, Belay Duvet Jacket and Quantum Trousers and using a Terra-Nova Equipment Saturn Bivi Bag and Extremities socks, mittens and headgear.

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