27 Aug

Steve Edwards To Run 700th Marathon At Bournemouth

Steve Edwards

One of the UK's most enduring running characters will this year run his 700th marathon. Steve Edwards from the Cotswold town of Moreton in Marsh will reach the incredible landmark at the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 4 October.  In doing so, the 53-year-old will set a new world record for running 700 marathons in the fastest average finish time - just under 3hrs 18min!

One of the UK's most enduring running characters will this year run his 700th marathon. Steve Edwards from the Cotswold town of Moreton in Marsh will reach the incredible landmark at the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 4 October.  In doing so, the 53-year-old will set a new world record for running 700 marathons in the fastest average finish time - just under 3hrs 18min!

Steve is no stranger to world records. He ran his first marathon in 1981 at the tender age of 18 and although vowing ‘never again’, became the youngest person in the world to run 100 marathons at the age of 28. He then went on to set world records for the most official marathon races in a year (87), the youngest person (aged 29) to run 200 marathons and the fastest 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days. On average he’s run an official competitive marathon race every 14 days for the last 27 years.

Edwards, who has run every Bournemouth Marathon since its inception three years ago, said: “Bournemouth has always held a special place in my heart and I dream of one day retiring to the town’s sandy shores!”

Part of the wider Bournemouth Marathon Festival which launched in 2013, the race has quickly become one of the must-do events on the UK road running calendar, gaining IAAF Bronze Label recognition earlier this year. With its stunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole on show, the event attracts thousands to the lively Dorset coast for a weekend of ‘running as it should be.

Easily reached by rail or road from London, Bournemouth offers a chance to run 26.2miles in one of the UK’s premier seaside resorts and enjoy a well-deserved ice cream and a calf-cooling dip in the sea afterwards.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the 3-4 October weekend, consisting of Saturday’s  junior races, Supersonic 10K and Speed of Light 5K before Sunday’s half marathon and marathon.  

More information and entry details at the event website.