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Steve Edwards is on the start line for his World Record Challenge

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Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May – Brathay, Ambleside in the Lake District
Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-the Marsh has one day left before he starts his World Record Challenge to run the fastest ever cumulative time for 10 marathons in 10 days.
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Marathon Number 453- Steve Edwards completes his 18th Shakespeare Marathon

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Cotswolds based Steve Edwards has completed marathon number 453 in his world record challenge to complete 500 marathons in an average time of under 200 minutes- 3 hours 20 minutes. Marathon number 453 was completed in 3 hours 12 minutes and 57 seconds – so Steve is well on target and for once this was a local marathon so he didn’t have to spend hours travelling as well as hours running. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Edwards completes the Flora London Marathon – Marathon Number 452

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Sunday April 13th Cotswolds based Steve Edwards added another marathon to his name in his world record challenge to complete 500 marathons by 2012. He completed the big one – The Flora London Marathon 2008 – in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 35 seconds, well within his challenge time target. Well done Steve. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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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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

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