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A runner is approaching a world record of 1,000 official marathons – in an average time of less than three and a half hours.

Steve Edwards is looking to become the first person to reach the milestone in such a short time.

The 59-year-old endurance athlete ran three hours and 40 minutes at Rickmansworth Aquadrome in February this year as part of his 925 total.

Steve Edwards many medals.  1 credit

The many medals of Steve Edwards. 1 credit

He also ran another three-hour, 38-minute marathon in February and ran two more marathons elsewhere in January.

Mr Edwards, who lives in the Cotswolds, is slowly but surely counting towards what would be a monumental achievement in the marathon world.

Steve Edwards numerous medals.  1 credit

The many medals of Steve Edwards. 1 credit

He ran his first marathon in 1981 when he was just 18, but unaware Mr Edwards was the first of a very long journey as his marathon career now spans 42 years and he has an official marathon race every 13 years on average. days for the last 34 of them.

He originally wanted to hit the record before his 60th birthday, but due to setbacks from Covid lockdowns and his own injuries, he is now aiming to hit 1,000 marathons within 62 years.

Steve Edwards' world record 87 marathons in one year - Polytechnic Marathon - March 1992. Credit: SWNS

Steve Edwards’ world record 87 marathons in one year – Polytechnic Marathon – March 1992. Credit: SWNS

The grandfather-of-three still holds the UK record for most marathons under three hours and 15 minutes with a total of 325 and the world record for most marathons under three hours and 30 minutes with a total of 801.

Mr Edwards is currently fundraising for the charity Kate’s Home Nursing. You can donate at: justgiving.com/fundraising/teamedwards1000

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Source: www.times-series.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-03-10 12:39:33

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