Steve Edwards is aiming to set a new world record by running his 700th sub-3:30 marathon at London Marathon on Sunday (23 April). The 54-year old extreme multi-marathoner from the Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh is no stranger to world records with a string of achievements to his name.
Steve Going For 700 At London
They include the youngest person to run 200 marathons (aged 29); the fastest average finish time (sub-3:15) for 400 marathons; fastest 10 marathons in 10 days in V45 category (3:19 average) and the fastest average finish time (sub-3:30) for 600 marathons.
Known as the ‘Godfather of Marathon Running’ and the subject of a biography, ‘The Man Inside the Machine’ by Helen Summer, this indefatigable athlete shows no sign of slowing down. He has run 100 overseas marathons in 34 countries and 20 capital cities, and completed 777 official marathons with an average finish time of 3:17. Completing 1000 marathons is his ultimate goal.
Steve ran his 699th sub-3:30 marathon on Easter Monday in Lincolnshire. He posted a 3:13:57 finish time at the Boston Marathon (UK), setting him up nicely for his attempt at a 700th sub-3:30 this coming weekend. This will be his 22nd London Marathon appearance and, if it all goes to plan, the site of his landmark world record.
His next goal is the 800 record at the Birmingham International Marathon on 15 October as a milestone to his 1000 target.
During his running career, Steve Edwards has raised thousands of pounds for charity with proceeds from his 1000 marathon challenge going to Kate’s Home Nursing.
Photo courtesy of Team Edwards