Challenge 30

On Saturday 31 August 2013 I ran the Windermere Marathon course. This was to be the 1st of 30 consecutive marathons.

30 marathons in 30 days
  • On Sunday 1st September I switched to the Great Langdale marathon course and ran that.
  • Thereafter I alternated between the two courses until the last 2 days when I switched so that I could finish on Windermere.
  •  The Great Langdale course bills itself as the "The World's Toughest Road Marathon"
  • And the Windermere course is reckoned to be in the top 5 most difficult road courses in the UK


  • I was self supporting throughout - carrying my own food and drink each day
  • I did not have any physiotherapy or medical support of any kind
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Where does this rank?
 
Well it's certainly not a record!
 
However, very few people have done as many/more consecutive marathons on official courses, going gun to tape each day. Each one timed, each one a guaranteed marathon.
 
It's common these days to describe A to B journeys in terms of a number of marathons. However, most of these are not actually a marathon a day - some will be less and some more, and often as time goes on the distances shorten.
 
Very few will be a gun to tape marathon - i.e. without stopping from start to finish. As a rule of thumb if times are not recorded they aren't gun to tape marathons - or if the times regularly are 7 hours plus then there will be breaks in the day.
 
 
Times
 
 So here are my times. My consistency is for me my biggest achievement. Running 1 Great Langdale under 5 hours is not easy - averaging under 5 hours astonished me!
Far better runners than me have had at least one 5 hour day when running the Brathay 10 in 10 - 10 Windermere marathons in 10 days. All 15 of mine were under 5 hours with 14 of them coming straight after a Great Langdale.
 
"I said when I first heard that you would be doing this round Windermere and Langdale that it would be impossible to even do a 10 in 10" - friend and seasoned ultra-runner Charles Colby.
 
Cumulative Time Distance Countdown
Day Course Time Distance
1 W 04:31:00 4:31:00 26.2 759.8
2 L 04:55:00 9:26:00 52.4 733.6
3 W 04:47:00 14:13:00 78.6 707.4
4 L 05:08:00 19:21:00 104.8 681.2
5 W 04:48:00 24:09:00 131.0 655.0
6 L 04:55:00 29:04:00 157.2 628.8
7 W 04:51:00 33:55:00 183.4 602.6
8 L 05:02:00 38:57:00 209.6 576.4
9 W 04:38:00 43:35:00 235.8 550.2
10 L 04:59:00 48:34:00 262.0 524.0
11 W 04:58:00 53:32:00 288.2 497.8
12 L 05:27:00 58:59:00 314.4 471.6
13 W 04:55:00 63:54:00 340.6 445.4
14 L 05:43:00 69:37:00 366.8 419.2
15 W 04:40:00 74:17:00 393.0 393.0
16 L 05:01:00 79:18:00 419.2 366.8
17 W 04:28:00 83:46:00 445.4 340.6
18 L 04:42:00 88:28:00 471.6 314.4
19 W 04:38:00 93:06:00 497.8 288.2
20 L 04:51:00 97:57:00 524.0 262.0
21 W 04:39:00 102:36:00 550.2 235.8
22 L 04:40:00 107:16:00 576.4 209.6
23 W 04:43:00 111:59:00 602.6 183.4
24 L 04:49:00 116:48:00 628.8 157.2
25 W 04:33:00 121:21:00 655.0 131.0
26 L 04:50:00 126:11:00 681.2 104.8
27 W 04:33:00 130:44:00 707.4 78.6
28 L 04:48:00 135:32:00 733.6 52.4
29 L 04:45:00 140:17:00 759.8 26.2
30 W 04:17:00 144:34:00 786.0 0.0


Overall Average


4:49:08
Windermere Average 4:39:56
Langdale Average 4:58:20
1st 10 Average 4:51:24
2nd 10 Average 4:56:18
3rd 10 Average 4:39:42