Marathon runner well on track to break new record

Cotswold Journal: Steve Edwards approaching the finish line of the Viking marathon Steve Edwards approaching the finish line of the Viking marathon

A MORETON man who has run more than 600 marathons is training hard for his next challenge - to run seven marathons in seven days each in under three-and-a-half hours.

Steve Edwards, who works at Campden BRI, has been training twice a day - sometimes three times - t o prepare for the 'Enigma Week at The Knees' event in Milton Keynes.

The 51-year-old is hoping to smash a new world record in the veteran 50 age category in the event which takes place between Monday, March 17, and Sunday, March 23.

He is also trying to raise as much money as possible for Stow-based Kate’s Home Nursing, which provides care for people in the final stages of a terminal illness, and his efforts have already drummed up £669.

The grandfather-of-three, who completed his lifelong dream of running 500 marathons in under three-and-a-half hours, in November 2012, has already run 500 miles as part of his training including five full distance marathon races.

"Winter is never the easiest time to put in the hours of training required to take on a challenge of this nature but the wet and windy weather conditions have meant it's been even more of a struggle to drag an already tired body back out on the road day after day, " he said.

"Time will tell of course, but for now I have to hope that I can survive the training and make it to the start line fit, healthy and injury free."

Mr Edwards said the event setting him in good stead to achieving a record of 1,000 official marathon races, raising money for the charity was another big motivation.

"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 either having lost family members or close friends," he added.

"This is what makes the work Kate's nurses do so valuable and incredibly special, but for this to continue they have to rely on the good will and generosity from public donations."

To sponsor Mr Edwards visit justgiving.com/teamedwards1000.

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