Steve Edwards set a new world record at Sunday’s (15 October) Great Run Birmingham International Marathon. He ran his 800th marathon on a successful day for this inaugural event.
Edwards Completes Record Breaking 800th Marathon
The multi-marathon star was aiming for a sub 3:20 time, however the hill in the final quarter of a mile nearly put paid to that. Steve would make a late push however and the support of the crowds and race commentator clearly gave him a boost, spurring him on to a 3:19:39 finish and a place in the record books. This milestone is the latest in his overall plan to complete 1,000 marathons and with the fastest average finishing times.
He paid tribute to the other half of Team Edwards, saying: “I have to thank my wife Teresa from the bottom of my heart; she has been incredibly supportive and sacrificed much herself. I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without her love and support.”
Steve has run a marathon on average every 13 days for almost 30 years and has achieved 60 wins, the second highest by a British athlete. He has completed 100 overseas races in 34 countries including 20 capital cities, no mean feat as he had to fit these along with other races and training around a full time job as an IT Support Analyst.
He was amongst more than 20,000 runners who took part in the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon on an unseasonably warm day with plenty of local support from start to finish. Christopher Ashford was first across the line in 2:33:46 with Sophie Kelly winning the women’s race in 2:52:28.
Steve Edwards will return to Birmingham in 2019.
Photo courtesy of Teresa Edwards.