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Another World Record Challenge for Cotswold's Steve Edwards- 10 Marathons in 10 Days

Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May 2008 - Brathay, Ambleside in the Lake District
Steve Edwards our intrepid marathon runner from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is not satisfied with challenging for just one World Record in running 500 Marathons in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. He is challenging for a second World Record in May by running the fastest ever cumulative time for 10 marathons in 10 days on a accurately measured UK Athletics certified marathon course.

The Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 days Challenge takes place between the 9th and 18th May and will undoubtedly prove to be one of Steve's stiffest tests yet. He will be looking to break the current record of 37 hours 39 minutes 34 seconds , set by Simon Moseley in 2007 ( Steve was in second place that year only 6 minutes behind) , which equates to an average finish time of just under 3 hours 46 minutes for each marathon. The course itself is a challenging one around Lake Windermere with many hills, so running it 10 times in succession equates to a total of 262 exhausting miles in all. A stern test of not only physical, but also mental endurance.

In preparation for this special event Steve has stepped up his normal training by about 30% having mapped out a 19 week 1000 mile schedule between January 1st amd May 8th. This includes regular twice and sometimes three times daily training sessions of not just running, but also core stability exercises, stretching and weights. The running part combines long steady training runs, harder tempo runs at speed, repeated hill reps and interval training.

This variation in running trains the body to be able to not only run for longer periods on consecutive days, but also at a faster pace. Two weeks away from the start of the challenge Steve will taper down his training by 20% then one week away he will taper down by a further 20%. The tapering down in training is crucial to allow the legs recovery time from all the training and also allows the body's glycogen stores to build up again so that he will hopefully arrive at the start line injury free and in tip top condition.

The originator of the 10 Marathons Challenge was Sir Christopher Ball who was inspired by the achievements of Sir Rannulph Fiennes and his 7 Marathons in 7 Days in different continents and decided to try it out for himself.

"I ran 7 Marathons in 7 days in 2004 , running the length of the Thames, and I was confident that I could increase this to 10 in 10 days and looked for an opportunity to undertake this challenge with like minded enthusiasts"

In 2006 Christopher ( a Fellow of Brathay Trust) approached Brathay with the idea that a "10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge" be held in conjunction with the inaugural Brathay Windermere Marathon and on 11th May 2007 the Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge was started by its Patron, the ledgendary Joss Naylor, with eight endurance athletes taking part.

The 2008 Challenge will be tackled by eleven endurance athletes. The Marathon route is one of the most scenic in the UK running around the shores of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, and passing through Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.

Each of these athletes is also running this Challenge for charity. Steve Edwards is looking to raise money for the Brathay Hall Trust, a charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people from all over the UK. Steve is aiming to raise at least £2000 and his personal fund raising page is www.justgiving.com/steveedwards10in10
Steve is being sponsored in his Challenge by Central Presentations Ltd, who specialize in providing effective Audio Visual solutions to the Corporate, Live Events and Production Industries www.centralpresentations.co.uk and they wish Steve the best of luck with this Challenge.

Brathay Hall Trust is a registered charity that delivers personal development programmes with children and young people from across the UK. They work in partnership with various national and regional youth agencies in helping children and young people overcome difficulties arising from their personal and social circumstances, and give them the skills to make positive choices about their behaviour and attitude.

Source: Steve Edwards and Brathay Hall Trust

www.brathaychallenge.com
www.brathay.org.uk

www.justgiving.com/steveedwards10in10
www.centralpresentations.co.uk

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