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
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.
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|
|1st 10 Average||4:51:24|
|2nd 10 Average||4:56:18|
|3rd 10 Average||4:39:42|