On Sunday 6th December 2009 Steve Edwards went down to Luton to run his 34th Marathon and last in 2009 and his 493rd Marathon overall!!
He has now run 430 of his World Record attempt to run 500 Marathons by 2012, all in under 3 minutes 30 seconds. Well done Steve.
Steve was again running for Bourton Roadrunners with race number 277.
Here is his Race Report: -
"After being called off in 2008, the UKs last official road marathon of the calendar year went ahead as scheduled and although the journey down to Luton was in torrential rain, fortunately it subsided to leave a dry but windy day for the race. There were over 500 runners in the main marathon and as always seems to be the case on this course, the runners had to contend with strong headwinds for about 2 miles on each of the 3 laps making it a very demanding race. It was good to have some other Bourton runners there though, 6 of us in all, with one of our best runners Alistair Lockey heading the team home with a superb run of 2:40:11 to take 4th place overall and 1st V40.
I finished next in 3:08:49 to take 41st place (5th V45) and was happy to have completed my final marathon of the year. Having set off at 7min mile pace, I think in hindsight this was a little optimistic given the conditions and how I was feeling after a long hard season. Passing through halfway in around 1:33, I lost a couple of minutes in the 2nd half after battling against the headwinds which seemed to get stronger as each lap passed. However, it still proved to be my best ever time on this course by over a minute, so that was good.
When our next man home Chris Hartley crossed the line in 3:14:53 to take 71st place, we knew we were in with a chance of a team prize and although its yet to be confirmed, we think Bourton RR may have won it which of course will be a nice bonus.."
"So, yet another marathon running season comes to an end and one which has probably been the most successful for me in terms of performances. Out of a total 34 marathons (all of which have been sub 3hrs 30min), 19 were run in sub 3:10 and 15 in sub 3:05. I've also run my best time since 1996 and my best back to back time since 1992 with 4 sub 3hr performances in April and October. Hopefully, this all bodes well for 2010 and as I start my short rest period I hope that I can continue where I left off in January when I continue to target my new 2012 goal of becoming the first athlete to run 500 sub 3:30s.."
Full Statistics To Date
Total Marathons 493
Sub 3hrs 26
Sub 3:05s 66
Sub 3:10s 121
Sub 3:15s 212
Sub 3:30s 430
Luton Marathon was supporting the Pasque Charity, which incorporates the Keech Cottage Children's Hospice. The Pasque Charity provides both emotional and practical support for adults and children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. One of only a handful of UK organisations offering both an adult and children's hospice from the same site, the Pasgue Adult Hospice provides for patients in Luton and South Bedfordshire and Keech Cottage Children's Hospice for children in Beds and Herts. Please help by raising much needed funds for this very worthwhile cause.
The Luton Marathon course was an attractive anti clockwise UKA measured three lap course, covering 26 miles 385 yd's, though Luton and the immediate surrounding countryside on roads and pathways, controlled by police and marshals.
Source: Steve Edwards and Luton Marathon