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Marathon Number 455 is nailed in 3hours 6minutes - well within the world record target time

Cotswolds based Steve Edwards completed his 455 Marathon on Sunday 7th September 2008.
The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon was number 455 towards his world record target of running 500 Marathons by 2012, all within an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes or 200 minutes.

Steve Edwards wolverhampton 7th Sept 2008

The Wolverhampton Marathon was first organised in 1982 and became an anuual event in the town up to 1987. Then there was an eleven year gap when the event disappeared completely from the town's calendar of events.

In 1997, Roy Carver, then Chairman of Carver (Wolverhampton) Limited was appointed as the Area President of the St. John Ambulance and headed a committee to raise funds to construct the new Wolverhampton headquarters in Wharf Street. A chance conversation between Roy Carver and Ivan Savage, Carver's Sales Director, an experienced marathon runner and triathlete, brought to the fore the possibility of resurrecting the Marathon and an accompanying Half Marathon race.

The 1998 event raised a total of £28,565.00 for the St. John headquarters building which was completed in 2000.
The event has been expanded since 1998 with the inclusion of a Relay Challenge, a 15K Cycle Event and a children's mini marathon.

The 2008 Event was announced as a huge success attracting a record number of entries across all events - 411 for the full marathon, 1498 for the half marathon, over 500 cyclists and 73 relay teams.

The Events were started in the West Park by the Mayor of Wolverhampton and Steve gave his thoughts on the race "This was marathon number 455 and my finish time was 3:06:34 which put me in 31st place out of 293 finishers and 8th V45.

Having ran this 2 lap marathon course many times before, I knew there were a few undulations including a half mile drag at the 10 and 23 mile stages. Conditions were very good though, a light breeze, overcast and the threat of light showers, so I decided to set out at just over 7 minute mile pace. This got me to halfway in 1:33, an almost perfect halfway even split  where I still felt pretty good despite a slight niggle in my groin, so kept the same pace going through out. I hit 20 miles in 2:22 and although I slowed a little on the half mile uphill drag at 23 miles, once back on the flat again, I had a bit left in the tank to run the remaining 2 miles pretty hard and therefore complete the last 10km in just over 44 minutes.

I ran 3:10  on this course last year,  so 4 minutes quicker this time and I'm a year older, who says you don't get better with age! Seriously though, everything is going good at the moment and I'm well on course for the 500 in sub 3:20. I'm not sure how long I can keep knocking out these times, but I'll certainly try and keep them going as it helps keep that average time well inside the target"

Steve's running number was 2025 and he was running for Bourton Road Runners.

Source: Steve Edwards and The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon

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The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon www.askbm.co.uk

Bourton Roadrunners www.bourtonroadrunners.co.uk

Well done Steve, thats a

Well done Steve, thats a brilliant time for Wolverhampton !

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