Steve Edwards is set to enter the history books by becoming the first person to run 600 sub 3:30 marathons. This feat is the latest in a line of record breaking performances, with Edwards’ now having completed 674 separate 26.2 mile events; a figure which equates to a marathon every two weeks for the last 27 years.
Known as 'The Godfather' of marathon running, Edwards set his first record in 1990 at the age of 28 - becoming the youngest person to run 100 marathons. From 1991 to 1992, he set a record for the most marathons completed over the course of a year, managing 87 separate 26.2 mile races. In 2012 when he became the first person to complete 500 sub 3:30 marathons and earlier this year, the endurance runner won the ‘Enigma Week at the Knees’ in Milton Keynes, which involved seven marathons over successive days; a feat he managed in an average time of 3:22:13.
On approaching the new record, which would require a further three events sub 3:30, Edwards commented: "I can't believe the number of marathons I've ran since that memorable day in 2012, certainly a lot more than I'd originally intended. If anyone had said back then that I would go on to run my 600th sub 3:30 just over two years later, I'd have just laughed."
Edwards added: "I'm so focused on training hard and trying to keep my finish times respectable that I sometimes forget I'm not getting any younger. My overall average finish time for 674 marathons is still hovering around 3:17 so if I can reach 700 without letting that slip it makes that record and indeed the other records I have more difficult for someone to break in the future."
Considering his age (52), and the fervent determination he has displayed throughout his career, 1000 marathons may not be an unrealistic target.