Clocking Up Marathons

If you are a 100 Marathon Club wannabee, a member of the 100 Marathon Club, or j

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26/06/2003 at 12:30
I have just completed 30 marathons. I was aiming for 100 until my red blood cells gave up. At the moment I am trying to boost my iron intake and am taking a break from hard training and marathons. I hope to be back to marathons soon.

Please share your experiences (good and bad) here as each of us edge ever closer to 100 marathons.
26/06/2003 at 12:40
Have done two and am doing no more, so well done to all of you who do insane numbers of them.

Sorry to hear about the blood cells HH!
26/06/2003 at 12:49
HH - You are still aiming for 100, just taking a breather, that's how I understood it!! You can always squeeze a couple of extra in next year to get you back on target.

Old Bean - Why no more marathons?

I would like to know from other runners please -At what point in their life (or number of marathons) do/did they decide to go for the 100? You've already made up your mind HH, when did you decide.
26/06/2003 at 12:54
Hello Haydn, you'll get there.
Blackpool was marathon #48 and I've run 24 ultras as well. I gather these get included in the total.
I just thought I'd mention here that I never set out with the intention of getting 100, and even now I just recognise it as an inevitability!!
The continuation of domestic bliss precludes doing much more than I do now, at the current rate it should be another 2 1/2 years before the number of marathons + ultras I've done = 100
26/06/2003 at 13:34
Hi Shades & Tim, I thought it was time to move away from the Blackpool Marathon thread!

I intended to do one marathon only (London 1997). I was disappointed at having to walk, so I ran another (Manchester) later that year. I completed that without walking and that was it, until I started working with a marathon runner. He encouraged me to enter Blackpool 1999, quickly followed by other. Times started tumbling, and a sub 4hr target became a sub 3hr possibility. Suddenly I was hooked. The numbers have slowly built up and now 100 marathons seems achievable, so “why not go for it” I thought.

Progress will be a little slower for a while. Judith has decided she prefers long leisurely runs down the canal and river. Persuading her to enter city marathons like Leeds and Wolverhampton is becoming more difficult. I don’t think she has decided to go for 100, yet!

Thanks Old Bean.
26/06/2003 at 13:48
nutters all of you
26/06/2003 at 13:51
Completely barking
26/06/2003 at 13:52
Reminds me of the Golden Mile
26/06/2003 at 13:53
Why would that be?
26/06/2003 at 13:55
I was called a nutter last time I was there.
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26/06/2003 at 13:58
Just as an aside from one who is only 1/4 of the way there, how do we get our runs checked to ensure we have done as many as we say we have.? Some of mine go back for 5 years!
26/06/2003 at 14:01
Hello Plummie, keep your results or certificates to submit and a list of marathons so results can be checked.
My first one was '94 and I haven't got a full set but I imagine that the 100 club will have results from most of the UK ones at least.
26/06/2003 at 14:03
I think its wonderful and well beyond my reach.
I was talking to brian Mills, of the 100 Marathon Club, at Blackpool. He had just completed his 434th marathon and Blackpool was his eighteen this year.

I first met him in Mallorca eleven years ago when he was running about 3-20. With the passage of time he is now pretty consistent at between 4-20 and 4-35 but still knocking them out at an amazing rate.
26/06/2003 at 14:05
Hiya, 'twas nice talking to you!
26/06/2003 at 14:39
Perhaps I had better knock my tally down to 29. I have got results for all my marathons, but my 3rd has me recorded as someone else followed by a question mark. I was dissapointed at the time and even more dissapointed now.
26/06/2003 at 14:42
ithink you are all crazy!

(Would the moon walk marathon count)
26/06/2003 at 14:55
how many do you guys aim to do every year then ?

4 would take 25 years - and 8 12 1/2 which is maybe foreseeable or do you just do as many as you can or 1 amonth ?
26/06/2003 at 14:58
It counts, as long as the distance was 26.2 or more. In a couple of years you will be calculating exactly how long it will take you to get there.
Of course you may have already worked it out...............

HH - I wouldn't drop your total to 29, keep a copy of the results, usually dyslexia with the race numbers, make a note of it in case there is a query, but you finished the marathon, therefore it counts.

Tim - you can register as a wannabee now!! I didn't realise you had another 24 to add on for the ultras.
You're right, the 100 Marathon club keep lists of results and will verify from that. You just need to email your list to Peter Graham, details
My forthcoming 100th should be on the front page of the website this week, they forgot to put me on!!
26/06/2003 at 14:58
How do the ultras count?
26/06/2003 at 15:02
bb - I did 25 last year, most I have ever done, will probably end up doing the same this year.
Will be cutting down then.
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