After finishing in fourth place at this weekend’s Hereford Marathon, Steve Edwards became the first person to run 400 official marathon events in under 3 hours and 20 minutes. Edwards has now completed a remarkable 650 26.2 mile events, 50 in the last year alone.
'The Godfather' of marathon running, Edwards set his first record in 1990 at the age of 28 - becoming the youngest person to run 100 marathons. From 1991 to 1992, he set a record for the most marathons completed over the course of a year, managing 87 separate 26.2 mile races. Earlier this year, the endurance runner won the ‘Enigma Week at the Knees’ in Milton Keynes, which involved seven marathons over successive days; a feat he managed in an average time of 3:22:13.
After his incredible performance in Hereford, Edwards commented: "The last year has been harder than ever, in 2012 I achieved what I thought was my ultimate lifetime challenge to become the first person in the world to run 500 sub 3:30s, then last year carried on to take my overall marathon total to 600 but then I thought could I achieve 400 sub 3:20s?”
On preparing for such a rigorous schedule, he added: "This has meant continuing with a twice daily training schedule to maintain the fitness required to run those kind of times, it's not only physically demanding but trying to stay focused week in week out, month after month, year after year really has tested me mentally, the focus and motivation to carry on has at times been incredibly difficult, thankfully though, I do have a very loving and supportive wife, Teresa who has been with me for the majority of this journey which started in 1988 and I know that without her support I couldn't have achieved all that I have."