A 65-year-old man who was told that he would need to prepare to spend his life in a wheelchair is set to tackle what will be his 100th marathon in Manchester next month. 16 years ago, doctors told Steve Bassam, from Rochdale, that his rheumatoid arthritis had become so severe that he would be unable to walk, yet, remarkably, by 2004, his condition was in remission – which is when he discovered running.
A member of Middleton Harriers Running Club, Steve has identified the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, which is scheduled for Sunday 8 April, as the event at which he will pass this significant, and highly impressive, milestone.
Steve completed his first 5k after being informed that his condition had gone into remission and, two years later, completed his first marathon. At the finish line, he saw someone wearing a ‘100 marathon club’ jersey and thought to himself, 'that’s my new ambition'.
Speaking ahead of the Manchester event, Steve said: “I became driven by the ambition to run 100 marathons. I have chosen Manchester to be my 100th as it is my local marathon, and will be supported by many of my friends from Middleton Harriers Running Club.”
If you would like to be beside Steve at the start line next month, entries for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon are still open. Further information is available here.