History

15mktour5markatkinson

For me running has happened largely by accident and the course my running has taken is as much due to luck and chance discussions as any overall plan.  I’ve somehow become a regular marathon runner and fairly high mileage runner, despite having very poor running form and a style that’s been likened to a duck or a crab.

I started running in January 2011.  Having never enjoyed running at school I was as surprised as my friend Dave was when I actually accepted his offer to go for a run on a wet and cold evening around Furzton lake in Milton Keynes.  It was awful and I was undoubtedly awful.  So I kept at it.  I’m still not sure why.

Like most new runners I started with a run/walk approach and gradually built up.  I then heard of the amazing and awesome organisation that is parkrun (free weekly timed 5k runs originally UK based but now spreading across the world) and decided to aim for a 5k run.   Then I was talked into doing the seemingly insurmountable distance of 10k by the same mate Dave and in May 2011 I completed the Bupa London 10k.  Training had gone well and without realising it I was starting on a slippery slope to marathon running.

Within my first year of running I built up the distance, training on my own, largely running in the dark so as not to scare people with my heavy breathing, waddling, sweating mass passing them in great discomfort.

After running two Half Marathons I signed up for my first Marathon and in November 2011 popped my marathon cherry at Luton.  It was awful.  My plans of a 4:30 marathon faded as my pace did and I was reduced to a jog/hobble as the mileage took it’s tool.  Only the prospect of being disqualified by the 5hr time limit convinced me to press on with what little energy or enthusiasm I had left and I dragged myself over the line in 4:57:16.   The marathon had kicked my arse and a sensible person would have left well enough alone.

Stubbornness runs in my family (running doesn’t).  I’d been overtaken at mile 20 by a very elderly gentleman, dressed as Superman, sauntering along at what seemed an effortless pace.  We briefly chatted and I asked about his club vest.  It was a fateful few minutes as I learnt not only of the existence of the 100 Marathon Club but in the back of my mind I think a decision was made that I would be joining them.

I passed the 100 Marathon mark in September 2017, and briefly managed a Good For Age for London until they moved the goalposts, having run everything from 1 mile on the track to 145 miles down the canal.

No Date Event TIME
132 06/10/2019 Bournemouth Marathon 2019 03:33:32
131 10/09/2019 Enigma Need for Speed Big Cats 03:33:14
130 01/09/2019 Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge 04:01:58
129 26/07/2019 Lakeland 100 36:44:07
128 12/07/2019 Centurion Running – Wendover Woods 50k 06:27:43
127 22/06/2019 Greensand Ridge Relay 2019 – Solo 07:07:18
126 15/06/2019 Redway Runners MK24 – 104 Miles 22:39:50
125 19/05/2019 321 Go Running – Sycamore Challenge 03:14:17
124 06/05/2019 Milton Keynes Marathon 2018 – Pacing 3h45 03:44:34
123 06/04/2019 Go Beyond – Rose of The Shires Ultra 54 09:58:07
122 29/03/2019 Enigma Show Me The Money – Caldecotte Reverse 03:22:58
121 15/03/2019 Enigma Week At The Knees – Furzton 03:33:41
120 12/03/2019 Enigma Week At The Knees – Willen 03:28:26
119 22/02/2019 Transgrancanaria 128km 26:08:53
118 10/02/2019 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:30:20
117 12/01/2019 Country to Capital 06:58:20
116 18/12/2018 Enigma Christmas Cracker – Willen 03:30:21
115 25/11/2018 Colworth Hair & Tortoise 03:31:38
114 04/11/2018 Enigma Fireworks – Caldecotte Reverse 03:27:35
113 07/10/2018 Bournemouth Marathon 2018 03:25:11
112 16/06/2018 Greensand Ridge Relay 2018 – Solo 05:50:43
111 26/05/2018 Grand Union Canal 145 38:00:00
110 07/05/2018 Milton Keynes Marathon 2018 – Pacing 5h15 05:14:12
109 05/05/2018 Thames Path 100 – Centurion Running 22:51:42
108 24/04/2018 Big Bear Events – Salcey Forest 03:57:37
107 13/03/2018 Enigma Week At The Knees – Willen 03:22:59
106 04/03/2018 Running Miles Dorney Lake Marathon 03:13:47
105 07/01/2018 Enigma Winter Marathon – Day 2 Caldecotte – Icy! 03:24:55
104 26/11/2017 Colworth Hair & Tortoise 03:45:54
103 21/10/2017 Autumn 100 – Centurion Running 22:59:42
102 08/10/2017 Bournemouth Marathon 2017 03:17:39
101 23/09/2017 Enigma Automobiles – Caldecotte 03:17:59
100 27/08/2017 Enigma Trains – Caldecotte Reverse 03:28:25
99 30/07/2017 Enigma Planes – Caldecotte Reverse 03:22:01
98 10/06/2017 South Downs Way 100 – Centurion Running 22:22:19
97 01/05/2017 Milton Keynes Marathon 2017 03:27:04
96 10/04/2017 South Downs Way 50 – Centurion Running 08:49:10
95 09/03/2017 Running Miles Eton Dorney Lake (started late officially 3:31) 03:27:43
94 05/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:51:29
93 04/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte 03:45:48
92 03/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:54:28
91 02/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte 03:40:42
90 21/01/2017 Ranscombe Winter Challenge -SVN 06:55:55
89 08/01/2017 Enigma Winter Marathon – Day 2 Caldecotte Reverse 03:36:51
88 11/12/2016 Enigma Christmas Day 2 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:36:07
87 27/11/2016 Colworth Hair & Tortoise 03:38:29
86 06/11/2016 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:28:25
85 27/10/2016 Enigma Three Lakes – Caldecotte Reverse 03:39:39
84 23/10/2016 Abingdon Marathon 2016 03:28:11
83 06/10/2016 Running Miles Eton Dorney Lake 03:24:20
82 02/10/2016 Bournemouth Marathon 2016 – After the HM 04:51:19
81 24/09/2016 Enigma Rocky 40th Afternoon – Caldecotte Reverse 03:30:08
80 17/09/2016 Chiltern Wonderland 50 – Centurion Running 09:35:05
79 30/07/2016 Enigma World Cup Marathon Day 1 Afternoon Caldecotte 03:27:43
78 03/07/2016 Enigma Need for Speed Day 2 – Caldecotte 03:35:43
77 18/06/2016 Enigma Shaken Not Stirred – Caldecotte 03:26:52
76 14/05/2016 Bewl Water Ultra 37.5 05:50:11
75 02/05/2016 Milton Keynes Marathon 2016 03:26:50
74 03/04/2016 Paris Marathon 2016 03:27:52
73 20/03/2016 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:15:31
72 20/03/2016 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:27:27
71 07/02/2016 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:40:31
70 24/01/2016 Dymchurch Marathon – SVN 03:32:40
69 03/01/2016 Enigma Winter Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 03:32:23
68 09/12/2015 Enigma Empire Strikes Back – Caldecotte Reverse 03:24:32
67 08/11/2015 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte 03:26:21
66 29/10/2015 Enigma Three Lakes – Day 3 Caldecotte 03:25:23
65 21/10/2015 Back To The Future – Phoenix Running (official time 04:56:50) 03:43:10
64 04/10/2015 Bournemouth Marathon 2015 03:25:37
63 27/09/2015 Enigma That Bloody Lake – Caldecotte Reverse 03:26:14
62 30/08/2015 Enigma Shaken Not Stirred – Caldecotte 03:36:02
61 05/07/2015 Enigma Summer Marathon – Caldecotte 03:42:06
60 20/06/2015 Enigma Back to Front (Back) Caldecotte 03:49:56
59 04/05/2015 Milton Keynes Marathon 2015 03:38:22
58 26/04/2015 Virgin London Marathon 2015 03:36:24
57 03/04/2015 Enigma Good Friday Marathon – Caldecotte 03:35:10
56 22/03/2015 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte 03:28:58
55 08/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte 03:55:28
54 07/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:52:57
53 06/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte 03:52:28
52 05/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte Reverse 03:48:47
51 04/01/2015 Enigma Winter Marathon – Day 2 Caldecotte – Icy! 03:52:15
50 14/12/2014 Enigma Christmas Day 2 – Caldecotte 03:37:15
49 10/12/2014 Enigma Blues Marathon – Caldecotte Reverse 03:48:37
48 09/11/2014 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte 03:35:35
47 05/11/2014 Bournemouth Marathon 2014 03:38:49
46 19/10/2014 Abingdon Marathon 2014 03:45:47
45 14/09/2014 Tallinn Marathon – Estonia 03:27:22
44 31/08/2014 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake 03:33:45
43 05/07/2014 Enigma Summer Marathon – Caldecotte 03:34:54
42 21/06/2014 Enigma Back to Front (Front) Caldecotte 03:52:49
41 12/06/2014 Enigma Superhero Marathon – Caldecotte Lake 03:38:45
40 31/05/2014 Kent Roadrunner 2014 03:44:10
39 05/05/2014 Milton Keynes Marathon 2014 03:33:44
38 19/04/2014 Easter Around the Reservoir – Northampton 03:31:31
37 23/03/2014 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte 03:38:26
36 08/02/2014 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Furzton Milton Keynes 03:45:53
35 26/01/2014 Peter Griffiths 100th Marathon 03:48:06
34 15/01/2014 Enigma Willen (Furzton due to floods) 03:57:09
33 04/01/2014 Enigma Winter Day 1 – Furzton Milton Keynes 03:52:05
32 11/12/2013 Enigma 9/10/11/12/13 – Caldecotte Lake 03:41:42
31 24/11/2013 Enigma Track Marathon 2013 03:37:05
30 03/11/2013 Steppingley Step – LDWA 05:44:00
29 02/11/2013 COD RC Pumpkin Marathon 04:23:20
28 29/10/2013 Enigma Three Lakes – Day 1 Willen 04:05:22
27 20/10/2013 Abingdon Marathon 2013 03:45:46
26 06/10/2013 Bournemouth Marathon 2013 03:58:20
25 18/08/2013 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake 04:20:59
24 25/07/2013 Enigma Night Fever – Furzton Lake 2013 04:38:58
23 22/06/2013 Enigma Back to Front (Front) Caldecotte 03:57:46
22 01/06/2013 Kent Roadrunner 2013 03:54:55
21 06/05/2013 Milton Keynes Marathon 2013 04:06:38
20 22/04/2013 Virgin London Marathon 2013 03:47:31
19 14/04/2013 Brighton Marathon 2013 03:43:02
18 10/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 04:06:17
17 09/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 04:05:08
16 08/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 04:06:54
15 07/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 04:04:09
14 06/01/2013 Enigma Winter Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes 04:14:57
13 16/12/2012 Christmas Enigma Day 2 – Caldecotte Lake 04:02:33
12 11/11/2012 Enigma Fox @ 40 – Marathon Day Two – Caldecotte Lake 04:00:57
11 04/11/2012 Rutland Water Marathon 04:04:36
10 06/10/2012 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake 03:58:13
9 23/09/2012 New Forest Marathon 2012 03:49:00
8 09/09/2012 Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge 05:22:56
7 27/08/2012 Enigma Gold Ultra 30m – Caldecotte Lake 04:54:10
6 25/07/2012 Enigma Night Fever – Furzton Lake 2012 04:00:03
5 15/07/2012 FAIRLANDS VALLEY SPARTANS CHALLENGE 26.4 Marathon 05:01:00
4 24/06/2012 CYM Marathon with Charlie 04:18:06
3 29/04/2012 Milton Keynes Marathon 2012 03:51:51
2 22/04/2012 Virgin London Marathon 2012 03:54:02
1 20/11/2011 Luton Marathon 04:57:16

 

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