Steve Edwards, once crowned the ‘Godfather’ of marathon running, has added another world record to his impressive collection. Last week, Edwards 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.
Edwards hit the headlines in 2012 when he became the first ever person to successfully complete 500 sub 3:30 marathons. His feat in Milton Keynes saw him finish with a cumulative time of 23:35:35, over 45 minutes ahead of second placed Jeremy Issacs.
Indeed, his performance was a cause for double celebration as his time represented a world record in the vet (50 and over) category. After the event, Edwards, who suffered from a heavy fall on the sixth day, commented: "I'm bruised, battered and sore. I just can't believe it. It's amazing what you can do and get your body to do. It was tough. It was hard work. You go through real highs and lows all the time but I enjoyed it."
Edwards, a member of Bourton Roadrunners in the Cotswolds, prepared for the event by running around 800 miles over the last 3 months and pushing his calorie uptake to around 7,000 daily.
Throughout the duration of the challenge, Edwards was fundraising for Kate’s Home Nursing, which provides care for people in the final stages of a terminal illness. As it stands, he has raised more than £5,000 for the charity, to which he added: "I've come away exceeding expectations with the fundraising as well, I think it's been very successful.”
After a week’s rest, he is planning on competing at the Brighton and Virgin London Marathon on April 6 and 13. To make a donation to his marathon challenge, you can visit the Team Edwards justgiving page.