That's a question I've been asked a lot this week and I didn't have an exact answer. So I've gone back to my files and found out that FLM 07 was my 16th
As those who have read my intro will know it all started on 24th August 1981 when I ran/walked the first Pony British Marathon in Bolton. Here's a list of them all:
24/08/1981 Pony British Marathon, Bolton 5:05
18/10/1981 Manchester Charities Marathon 4:31:04
04/04/1982 Stockport Daffodil Marathon 3:28:08
12/06/1982 Piccadilly Marathon, Manchester 2:51:04
22/08/1982 Pony British Marathon, Bolton 3:27:45
17/04/1983 Mars London Marathon 2:50:25
29/05/1083 Piccadilly Marathon, Manchester 2:54:08
21/08/1983 Adidas Marathon, Bolton 3:46:22
08/04/1984 Stockport Marathon 2:58:53
23/09/1984 Sandbach Marathon 3:04:00
30/06/1985 Piccadilly Marathon, Manchester DNF
27/10/1985 Windermere Marathon 2:52:56
June 2004 Edinburgh Marathon 4:22:00
02/05/2005 Belfast Marathon (27.2 Miles) 3:31
31/10/2006 Dublin Marathon 3:47
22/04/2007 Flora London Marathon 3:57:13
I stopped running marathons in 1985 as I decided I'd been doing too many and it was starting to take its toll on my body. I continued running at shorter distances until changing jobs in 1987 and then again in 1990, this disrupted things and running went on the back burner.
When my daughter expressed an interest in running in 1992 I took her to my old Club and we both joined. I was back road running but decided to stay away from marathons and was doing OK with half marathons in 85-86 minutes. But then I damaged my Achilles and was out injured for a while, which was when I started coaching the young athletes and progressed up to a Level 3 athletics coach which I'm still doing.
Back in 2004 I was persuaded by two young ladies that I'd coached since they were 12 to train and run a marathon with them. We didn't get into London but went to Edinburgh or two of us did Jodie and I ran in June on a very hot day and a very hilly course. Since then I've done one marathon a year but might take a year off now and do some shorter races to get my times down and 10k, 10 miles and half marathon.
Sorry to waffle on now you know my running life story!