It was never my intention to run 100 marathons, or rather this was not a goal in itself. As I picked up the running I realised that reaching 100 was inevitable and that it will happen quite soon. I don't keep a count in my head as to how many I have done but it is nice to know when you have passed a round number.
Most members of the 100 club know exactly how many they have done and will give this information as readily as their name. It's like an army rank which is quoted as you give your name. I cheered a man wearing the 100 club vest in the Leicester Marathon yesterday and he gladly spluttered that he was enjoying his 278th.
I first encountered the 100 marathon club at the start of the Athens Marathon. I deliberately started at the back as I was using this as a training run for my first ultra. I spoke to a guy who was doing his 105th and his 40th of that year and there was a much older man who was reaching 200 that day. I was in awe.
I later passed a couple of guys who were training for the Spartathlon, a race I had never heard of but one that I am making my main event for next year. I later (much later in fact, about 35k) passed a man who must have been over 60. I spoke to him breifly and he explained that he had done "the triple" the weekend before, that being Beachy Head, Snowdon and Dublin marathons on 3 consecutive days. It's funny how I'm now doing that same thing this weekend (although I can't do beachy head as that is now on the same day as Snowdon so will do Crawley instead).
It was the first time I realised that there are a lot of people who get bored of the 2 marathon per year pb rat race. I'm so glad I did that race, even though the race itself was rubbish.
I quite enjoyed looking at my list. I'm going to send it off now to the 100 club to become a "wannabe".
|1||16/04/2000||Flora London Marathon||26.2||miles||04:35:00|
|2||13/04/2003||Flora London Marathon||26.2||miles||03:55:00|
|3||18/04/2004||Flora London Marathon||26.2||miles||03:57:00|
|10||27/01/2007||Tring 2 Town||45||miles||07:15:00|
|12||02/06/2007||Dartmoor Discovery 32||32||miles||04:55:01|
|14||06/07/2007||Night & Day Marathon - Chelmsford (Night)||26.2||miles||04:43:00|
|15||07/07/2007||Night & Day Marathon - Chelmsford (Day)||26.2||miles||05:40:00|
|16||30/09/2007||Clarendon Way Marathon||26.2||miles||03:55:23|
|19||25/11/2007||GATLIFF MARATHON (50k)||50||km||05:37:00|
|20||19/01/2008||Thames Path Ultra||50||miles||08:13:00|
|21||26/01/2008||Portland Coastal Trail Marathon||26.2||miles||04:04:00|
|22||02/02/2008||Town2Tring Ultra 40||40||miles||05:45:00|
|23||03/02/2008||Tring2Town Ultra 40||40||miles||06:15:00|
|27||28/03/2008||Jurassic Coast Challenge - Day 1||26.2||miles||04:52:00|
|28||29/03/2008||Jurassic Coast Challenge - Day 2||26.2||miles||05:14:00|
|29||30/03/2008||Jurassic Coast Challenge - Day 3||26.2||miles||06:24:00|
|30||06/04/2008||Bungay Black Dog Marathon||26.2||miles||03:15:17|
|31||12/04/2008||Coastal Trail Series Race 5 - Exmoor||26.2||miles||05:10:00|
|34||04/05/2008||Three Forts Marathon||26.2||miles||04:02:00|
|35||24/05/2008||Grand Union Canal Run 2008||145||miles||30:36:00|
|38||24/07/2008||100 Marathon Club Centenary||26.2||miles||04:01:00|
|40||10/08/2008||Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon||26.2||miles||03:44:00|
|41, 42, 43, 44, 45||16/08/2008||Run The Moose||302||km||50:08:00|
|46||26/09/2008||Atlantic Coast Challenge Day 1||26.2||miles||04:42:00|
|47||27/09/2008||Atlantic Challenge Day 2||26.2||miles||04:32:00|
|48||28/09/2008||Atlantic Challenge Day 3||26.2||miles||06:06:00|
|50||19/10/2008||Leicester City Marathon||26.2||miles||03:14:25|