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Marathon Number 456 is completed - only one week after Number 455

Steve Edwards has completed Marathon Number 456 - The Great Langdale Marathon in Cumbria - on Sunday 14th September 2008, which is only one week after he ran Marathon Number 455 at Wolverhampton. There is no rest when you are running for a world record.
Two Marathons in two weeks is enough to test any runner, let alone a world record runner!

This was the 20th Anniversary of the Great Langdale Marathon which is organised by Great Langdale Races and which starts and finishes at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and Sticklebarn Tavern at Great Langdale near Amblesdie in Cumbria.

Steve race number was 100 and he was running for the 100 Marathon Club. His thoughts on the race are as follows: - "I completed marathon number 456 on Sunday at Great Langdale and not only finished 1st V45 but also took the prize for 5th male overall. Out of well over 100 starters, a few pulled out at halfway, so only 99 actually finished. Not surprising really, given this is without doubt the toughest road marathon in the British Isles, 2 laps around the Langdale fells in Cumbria with several steep (and long) 1 in 4 climbs.
This was my 3rd time running this marathon and I was determined it would be 3rd time lucky and get a sub 3:30 on this course. So as last year, I ran the 1st lap in 1:41, but unlike last year, the signs didn't blow down and I didn't go the wrong way on the 2nd lap! I was in 10th position at halfway and felt strong enough to continue pushing at the same pace to pass other runners over the 2nd lap. In the final couple of miles, I speeded up to pass yet another runner and complete a slightly negative half split in just over 1:40 to record a finish time of 3:21:34, my fastest ever on this course.

The winning time was 3:03 and only 8 runners finished in under 3:30 which gives some idea of the severity of the course. There's hardly any flat bits, it's pretty much all up or down, which is very demanding as you just can't settle into any kind of rhythm. I know I went the wrong way last year, but even so, I was 11 minutes quicker this time and was not only pleased to take the 1st V45 prize, but really chuffed to finish in 5th place, my prize, a meal for 4 at a top local restaurant which I hope to use when I go back next year for more torture!"

The 100 Marathon Club provides a focal point for runners in the United Kingdom and Ireland who have completed 100 or more races of marathon distance or longer. Membership of the Club is confined to amateurs as defined by UK:Athletics and the Club is affiliated to the South of England Athletics Association (SEAA)

Source: Steve Edwards and 100 Marathon Club

Great Langdale Races: www.greatlangdaleraces.org.uk
100 Marathon Club: http://www.100marathonclub

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