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Steve Edwards runs back to back marathons - two in two days!!

In case anybody doesn't know, Moreton in Marsh based Steve Edwards is running towards another personal world record by running 500 Marathons by 2012 ( when he is 50 and that little event The Olympic Games - takes place) all in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes.

So far he has completed 465 Marathons and is still well within the time frame. Crawley was Marathon Number 466 and Taunton Marathon Number 467 - so only 33 to go in just over two and a half years!    

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Here is Steve's account of his weekend of marathon running: -
"I decided at the beginning of the year to put in this back to back marathon weekend as part of my 10 marathons in 10 days preparation, not only would it be good training but it would also be a good gauge as to where I was with my fitness. I'm pleased to say it went far better than I would have imagined.

Crawley A.I.M. Charity Track Marathon - Saturday 4th April 2009 

Crawley involved running just under 106 laps of the track at the K2 Leisure Centre, a fantastic venue, where they filmed the last series of Superstars. Fascinating event as you know exactly where everybody is and how far behind/ahead you are. Anyway, having gone through halfway in 1:36 and in 3rd position (out of 20 starters), I was just over 2 laps (about half a mile) behind the 2 front runners but I could see that one of them was slowing, so I increased the pace in the second half to gradually move into 2nd place by lap 65, (about 16 miles). Then with 25 laps to go (about 10k), I decided to pick up the pace still further to try and whittle away the 2 lap gap to 1st place.

It worked, with 3 laps to go I moved onto the shoulder of the guy in 1st place, waited for half a lap, then made the move and sprinted the remaining 1000m feeling like Bekele to record a finish time of 3:04:43, a 2nd half negative split of just under 1:29, a season's best time and 1st place! A very good day, would I pay for it tomorrow though?

The Taunton Marathon - Sunday 5th April 2009

Taunton was the usual undulating 2 lap course with a fairly significant climb 3 miles out from the end of each lap. The race starts and finishes at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology (SCAT) and the route is through the main streets of Taunton then out into the Somerset countryside through Norton Fitzwarren, Oake and Bradford-on-Tone.

The legs were a little tired after yesterday's harder than expected effort so I took the first couple of miles very steady, then gradually got into my normal rhythm. Surprisingly, I went through halfway in just over 1:35 again and I started thinking I could perhaps sneak a sub 3:15. In the second half though, I just seemed to get stronger as the miles went by and my pace increased such that I was able to finish strongly in 3:05:30 for 22nd place out of over 200 starters and 3rd V45. This was 7 minutes faster than last year's Taunton run, another 2nd half negative split of 1:30, my two best marathon times of the season so far, (the day after one another!) and a total time of 6hrs 10min for both marathons. Another very good day.

http://www.tauntonmarathon.co.uk/ With just over 4 weeks to go now before the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge which starts on 17th May, this weekend proved to be my 3rd best ever back to back time, my other two were in 1991 when I was only 29 years old, proof you can still do it when your getting on a bit!! www.brathaychallenge.com As last year, I am again looking to raise money for The Brathay Trust as part of the 10 marathons in 10 days challenge, so anyone wishing to sponsor me can do so at  www.justgiving.com/steve10in10 Any donations, however small are greatly appreciated.Source: Steve Edwards

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