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500 marathons by 2012- superman Steve Edwards is going for it in record time.

Steve EdwardsCotswolds based Steve Edwards is aiming to run 500 marathons by 2012. Running them is not unique - others have done it before, believe it or not - but Steve wants to run his 500 marathons world record challenge in an average time of under 3hours 20 mins and this tight time factor is certainly unique.

Steve, who is lives at Moreton-in-Marsh has currently run 447 marathons at an average time of 3 hours 18 minutes so he is well on course for his target. He ran the Gloucester Marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes in January and his schedule for the next three months is as follows:-

Draycote Water Marathon Rugby Warwickshire - 17th February
Duchy Marathon Redruth Cornwall - 9th March
Dumfries Marathon Dumfries Scotland - 23rd March
Taunton Marathon Taunton Somerset - 6th April
Flora London Marathon - 13th April
Rotary Shakespeare Marathon Stratford-upon-Avon -27th April

Even this three month schedule means running a marathon on average nearly every two weeks!!

We shall be reporting his time for each marathon as it takes place but in May he will taking part in a special challenge - the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge - which will be outside his 500 marathons attempt ( I can well understand why) and we will be reporting upon this event separately.

As part of this 500 marathon challenge Steve is continuing to represent and raise awareness of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their involvement in the "Rebuilding Lives Through Sport" (RLTS) initiative. SIA, which is based in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, is a UK charity dedicated to supporting the 40,000 people in the country who are paralysed through spinal cord injury.

SIA has been chosen as "Official Charity" for the 2008 Flora London Marathon and half of the money raised by the SIA's London Marathon Team will be allocated, as grants, to encourage participation in wheelchair sport.

"Sport can play a crucial role in rebuilding confidence and relieving isolation following spinal cord injury but only a tiny percentage of people actively participate with any regularity.RLTS is a fantastic way of promoting the benfits of wheelchair sport both to people living with spinal cord injury and to the wider disabled community"
Source:Spinal Injuries Association

Steve began running marathons over 20 years ago and by 1990 had become the youngest person (at that time) to run 100 marathons. In 1992 he broke the world record for running the most marathons run in a single year running an incredible 87 marathons in the 52 week period with an average finishing time of 3 hours 14 minutes. Then came challenge number three which will coincide with the London Olympics and Steve reaching 50 when he aims to retire from competitive marathon running with the 500 marathons chalked up.

Training is obviously of immense importance to Steve and in some ways the marathons act as long training run when they come in rapid succession. However, midweek he is still out every night running some 30-40 miles per week.

"The marathon is widely known as the ultimate test of athletic endurance, 26.2 miles of running, a gruelling and punishing event that tests the limits of one's resolve to overcome fear with sheer guts and determination"
Source: Steve Edwards

www.spinal.co.uk

For the forthcoming Brathay "10 Marathons in 10 days Challenge" Steve can be sponsored on www.justgiving.com/steveedwards10in10

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