100 Marathon Club

Who is a member?

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02/12/2011 at 23:07

During my last long run I saw a gent wearing a tshirt with a "100 Marathon Club" logo, this prompted a discussion with my running buddy about how long it would take to become a member of the club. I've seen people with the tshirts before and thought along the lines of "wow, 100 marathons, impresive" but never given much thought about the logistics of training and running that many marathons.

We came to the conclusion that if we trained properly and managed to avoid getting injuried, we could probably manage 2 marathons a year. So, just curious how many people on RW have actually done 100 marathons, how many did you run a year and did you always have a target time in mind or just aim to finish? 

cougie    pirate
03/12/2011 at 04:43
Plodding Hippo for one.
03/12/2011 at 06:15

There is a 100 marathon site, have a look, I saw one bloke that has done over 760!!! looks like there is over 250 people that are "in the club".

03/12/2011 at 06:19

100 mara site

In fact there you go!, and apparently the record is 800 marathons so far

seren nos    pirate
03/12/2011 at 06:29
If you are not racing them all for PB's then one a week is easy...........if you have the time and the money on travel and accomodation.......so depends on your circumstances....easier if you tackle it either pre kids or post kids or no kids...........but still achievable by those who love longer distances........ultras count towards them as well
03/12/2011 at 06:47

There were some at Beachy head mara that were off to another the next day....i couldn't even walk straight.......AJH must be getting near the 100 mark on here soon??

03/12/2011 at 07:39
Flat Foo.ted - I think, until Snowdonia moved their mara, people could do three that weekend - Snowdonia, Beachy and Dublin on the Monday - three done with only one weekend disrupted!

I'd love to join the 100 club!
03/12/2011 at 08:00
Thanks for that info - Vixx, but i can asure you i would never catch me running three in a month let alone a weekend
03/12/2011 at 08:48

Still working on my first one



03/12/2011 at 09:05
Most of them are probably too busy running marathons to come on here and comment
I saw several with the shirts at Abingdon this year.My aim is to do 100 halfs but even then it's probably going to take me 8 years or so
03/12/2011 at 09:59
My husband is aiming for the 100 club.  He's at about number 34 and does a marathon every 6 to 8 weeks. Sometimes he will do 3 on consecutive weeks then have a rest for a couple of months depending on how the race diary works out.  So at that rate it will take him another 8 years to reach the mark.  He would happily run a marathon every other week but as others have said the cost of that is massive when you factor in travelling and stuff. 
03/12/2011 at 16:05
I'd love to get to 100, but in the last few years injuries and stuff have kept me from even reaching 10! I will get there - think when the 10th is done, I'll look at more regular ones, but the expense is something I have to consider.
03/12/2011 at 16:18
The list of rules is interesting on the site, what does and does not count especially. If you do the MdS which has three marathon distance stages ths counts as one race towards your 100.............
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03/12/2011 at 17:23

Thanks for the link Flat Foo.ted, it is very interesting reading! I saw the rule about only being able to count 3 marathons from a multi-marathon event, sounds pretty harsh! 

I can't believe that the youngest people to complete 100 marathons were 23 (male) and 24 (female), I wonder how young they were when they started the marathon game. Makes me feel very lazy! 

Seren and Soup - I didn't even think about the cost associated with running so many marathons but you are right, it would become a very expensive hobby! I'm really impressed that people are doing a marathon every 4-6 weeks, amazing

03/12/2011 at 17:28

I know a couple of folk who have done it, you have to be a bit obsessive I think and let it take over your life, not so much just the running but travelling too is a big committment.

I've done about 17 now and at this rate would take me another 20 years so it's not on my agenda. I live on one of the North Isles so the travelling does not allow for doing much more.

03/12/2011 at 17:31
I am nowhere near that level, but I think once you get to a certain level of fitness you could do a marathon and find it as easy as I find a 4 mile run now. The was a time when I couldn't run 4 miles. It is all just a case of building up to a level of fitness, staying there and not getting injured, I imagine
03/12/2011 at 17:32

I can see how it would take over your life, not just the events and the hours spent in training, but as you say the travelling and associated costs.

I do like building a holiday around a race, but I think that I will probably stick to half marathons so that I can enjoy the following day without limping around too much (saying that, I'm very tempted by Berlin and New York, and I want to have another crack at Medoc)

03/12/2011 at 17:36

Mathschick - that's true, I remember when I couldn't run for longer than 5 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to explode! I was so proud when I got my first 5k medal (still have it )

I suppose it depends whether you train just for one marathon and then dramatically scale back the mileage, or keep on doing the long runs. 

03/12/2011 at 18:02

My husband doesnt really train for marathons any more, he just sort of stays at that level of fitness. An occasional 10 or 15 miler in between marathons is all he does.  He doesn't race them and has a pretty consistent 4:40 finish time unless its off-road/challenging. He doesn't ache afterwards or anything. The only marathon he hasn't enjoyed is the one he trained for to get a sub 4 finish.  He got 4:03, was gutted and didn't enjoy clock watching so thats what made him change tactic and go for 100.

Edited: 03/12/2011 at 18:02
03/12/2011 at 18:19
Wow - I'm in awe! How long did it take him to get to that level of fitness, or has he always been athletic and just decided to channel it into marathons?
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