ATHLETICS: Edwards targets seven marathons in seven days

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Marathon specialist Steve Edwards Marathon specialist Steve Edwards

STEVE EDWARDS, the serial endurance running record breaker from Moreton-in-Marsh, is at it again.

Chief among his athletic landmarks was to become the first person in the world to run 500 sub-3hr 30min official marathons, and the super-fit 51-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of reaching 1,000.

He completed marathon No.618 – the Enigma Quad (Day3) ¬ on February 8 – in 3:24, despite a brutal wind which nearly blew him over.

That took his unbroken run of sub 3:30s to 101, going back to January, 2011.

On the immediate horizon, however, is his attempt to run the fastest seven marathon races in seven consecutive days.

The bid will take place at the 'Enigma Week at The Knees' event in Milton Keynes and Steve will be making the record attempt in aid of Kate's Home Nursing.

“I'm trying to raise much-needed funds for Kate's Home Nursing, a Cotswolds charity which provides specialist palliative home care for terminally ill patients,” said Edwards.

“No-one knows what's around the corner and it's a sad fact that life ending conditions like cancer seem to touch so many of us.

“However, it's only charities like Kate's that can help make those approaching an abrupt end of their life do so in familiar surroundings at home in the company of loved ones.”

His forthcoming marathon challenge requires Steve to ramp up his already hectic training schedule.

He said: “The 7in7 will be extremely tough but the training is also tough, twice a day, some days it's three times and having to fit it all in around the day job with early morning, lunchtime and evening sessions.

“Over the last seven weeks, I've run nearly 500 miles including five full distance marathon races.

“With another 300 miles including four marathon distance races planned in the next five weeks, I'm hoping that will be enough to get me in the shape required to not only complete the 7in7 challenge but hopefully do so in a new record fastest finish time in my (V50) age category.”

If you would like to support Steve’s challenge log on to

www.justgiving.com/teamedwards1000.

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