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1990 - 2014 - 25 Consecutive Races?

 

Broady's London Marathon

1997 Finish 1This page is dedicated to my series of consecutive London Marathon runs. I have been fortunate to compete in this fabulous event since 1990.

 

The first seven races I hoped to break three hours. However, in 1997, after a change of strategy I reached my goal.

 

After this my marathon records became (and still are) a 'roller coaster' of highs and lows ranging from 2.54 to 6.14. Each one has a story to tell in some way or other.

 

In 2004 I suffered with 'Piriformis Syndrome' for three years. However, I persevered and managed to cure the problem with treatment, research, help and advice from a variety of sources.

 

So I am still on track and hope to reach my goal of a sub-2.50 London Marathon. Only time will tell whether this is possible.......

 

 

NO

DATE

EVENT

TIME

 MPW

1

12/04/1990

London Marathon

03.16.32

40

2

15/04/1991

London Marathon

03.15.24

40

3

21/04/1992

London Marathon

03.36.08

30

4

18/04/1993

London Marathon

03.18.47

35

5

17/04/1994

London Marathon

03.06.35

40

6

05/04/1995

London Marathon

03.25.37

40

7

20/04/1996

London Marathon

03.46.00

20

8

13/04/1997

London Marathon

02.54.25

55

9

26/04/1998

London Marathon

03.26.50

30

10

18/04/1999

London Marathon

03.05.14

45

11

16/04/2000

London Marathon

02.58.30

60

12

22/04/2001

London Marathon

03.21.30

25

13

14/04/2002

London Marathon

06.14.25

40

14

13/04/2003

London Marathon

03.04.36

60

15

18/04/2004

London Marathon

04.21.10

25

16

17/04/2005

London Marathon

03.40.25

20

17

23/04/2006

London Marathon

03.28.54

40

18

22/04/2007

London Marathon

03.48.16

50

19

13/04/2008

London Marathon

04.28.00

50

20

26/04/2009

London Marathon

03.42.36

25

21

25/04/2010

London Marathon

03.35.59

30

22

17/04/2011

London Marathon

03.50.40

30

23

22/04/2012

London Marathon

03.37.09

55

2421/04/2013London Marathon04.48.0520
2513/04/2014London Marathon20
 

 

The London Marathon Story

 

1990 - No.1

 

London Marathon 1990

 

3 hours 16 minutes
 
Good first attempt - 20 miles per week just not enough!

 

1991- No.2

 

London Marathon 1991

 
3 hours 15 minutes
 
A minute faster the lycra tracksters made some difference!

1992- No.3

 

London Marathon 1992

 
3 hours 36 minutes
 
Warm day - 30 mpw training still not enough!

1993- No.4

 

London Marathon 1993

 
3 hours 18 minutes

 

Almost back on form.

1994- No.5

 

London Marathon 1994

 

3 hours 06 minutes
 
Getting my act together now - but 40 mpw is still not enough.

1995- No.6

 

London Marathon 1995

 
3 hours 25 minutes

Good run but just not getting it quite right.

1996- No.7

 

3 hours 16 minutes

 

Good time but no photos to show!

 

1997- No.8

 

2 hours 54 minutes

 

After seven years a change in strategy was needed. I subsequently reduced my weight from 13 stone 4 pounds to 11 stone 12 pounds and increased my training distance from 40 to 60 miles a week which included speed work

1997 Finish 1

 

1998- No.9

 

3 hour 24 minutes

 

I took it easy achieving a commendable  time

 

1999- No.10

 

3 hours 05 minutes

 

Back on form - A 3rd place PB

2000- No.11

 

2 hours 58 minutes!

 

My 2nd sub-3 London and 2nd consecutive sub-3 marathon in the new Millennium!

 

2001- No.12

 

3 hours 21 minutes

 

Pleased, considering 25 mpw training

 

2002- No.13

 

6 hours 14 minutes

 

This was my 13th London and not being too suspicious I decided to challenge my wife, Anne to do the run with me. Cutting a very long story short I crossed the line with Anne in 6 hours14 minutes!

 

Perhaps one of my slowest performances but nevertheless one of my most memorable.

 

The story unfolds in a special page dedicated to Anne's Marathon Run

 

2003- No.14

3 hours 04 minutes

A tremendous time considering I had just run all the way from Paris to get to the start line! Find out more of this epic eight marathon week in my:

Paris to London page

2004- No.15

04 hours 21 minutes

Bad run - experiencing a lot of sciatic pain in my right hip. Perhaps running from Paris the previous year did not help!

2005- No.16

3 hours 40 minutes

Still problems with the sciatic pain in the hip. Needs attention!

 

2006- No.17

3 hours 28 minutes

Not a bad performance on 2005 - still some sciatic pain slowing me up. Cold, drizzily conditions but excellent crowd support. The best I've seen in 17 years. Great picture!

 

2007- No.18

3 hours 48 minutes

Earlier in the year I found that if I ran on my toes my sciatic pain ceased! So what about running 26 miles on my toes? I found out that the pain started around 16 miles. I was able to perform a piriformis stretch and again at 20 miles and finished the marathon much better than I had in the last 3 years since the problem started.

I now need to work on my toe running and look into some gel inserts in my shoes. Clearly the impact of my heel striking the road was causing all the problems.

Here's to the next pain free 50 Marathons!!

2008- No.19

4 hours 28 minutes

This year the marathon formed part of my "Long Way Up" Challenge. London was my 13th consecutive road marathon in 13 days. Despite having run 370 miles from Land's End my time was respectable considering I also had a septic left toe and ran in some pain for much of the race.

 

2009- No.20

3 hours 42 minutes

2009 was my 20th London. Do I stop here or go on to 25?.....

Back on track again - no mad 370 mile runs two weeks before this year!

Finished in a respectable 03.42 and no sciatic pain whatsoever. I think I may have signed myself up for a few more yet!

I had a great run and with the new regular maintenance work at the gym concentrating on building up my glutes, adductor and abductors I had no significant pain after 26.2. (Just the usual tired legs and hips that one always gets)

The 2009 event was bigger than ever with the largest crowd support I have ever seen. Coupled with nice fine weather it was another tremendous experience.

2010- No.21

3 hours 35 minutes

I was accepted in the ballot for 2010 so my 21st London is all set to go. I will be training hard for the 100km Del Sahara Marathon 7 to 14 March so I anticipate some high mileage leading up to London. I ran a good 4.06 in the Sahara Desert the month before so a 3.35 was not a bad effort and my best London for four years.

 

2011 - No.22

A 3.50 time this year. Pleased with this time given my low mileage training. The reason for this was I was half way through an intense six week training course with Monarch Airlines so I can be excused! I was very lucky too! My course worked over weekends but fortunately I was on a 'day off' on the marathon day so was able to get down to London the afternoon before in time to register.

2012 - No.23

3.37.09 - Slightly disappointed as I hoped for around 3.15 though I did have a bit of a chesty cough the week before - that's my excuse! Saying this many runners would give there right arm for a 3.37 time so I shouldn't sound too ungrateful. A nice sunny day was had and great crowd support from start to finish.

2013 - No.24

4.48.05 - One of my slower times as I took it very easy this year. I have nothing to prove anymore other than head toward my 25th London. After all, I have done it several times under three and got the tee shirt! So I crossed the line in a modest time and thoroughly enjoyed my 24 London Marathon experience!

2014 - No.25

Could be my last London! 25 years! We'll see!

 

 

  

1997 Finish 1

1997 Finish 2

1997 Finish

 

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