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 Race Name/Venue Actual
Dist.
Actual
Time
1 20/11/2011 Luton Marathon MAR 04:57:16
2 22/04/2012 Virgin London Marathon 2012 MAR 03:54:02
3 29/04/2012 Milton Keynes Marathon 2012 MAR 03:51:51
4 15/07/2012 FAIRLANDS VALLEY SPARTANS CHALLENGE Marathon MAR 05:01:00
5 25/07/2012 Enigma Night Fever – Furzton Lake 2012 MAR 04:00:03
6 27/08/2012 Enigma Gold Ultra 30m – Caldecotte Lake 30m 04:54:10
7 09/09/2012 Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge MAR 05:22:56
8 23/09/2012 New Forest Marathon 2012 MAR 03:49:00
9 06/10/2012 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake MAR 03:58:13
10 04/11/2012 Rutland Water Marathon MAR 04:04:36
11 11/11/2012 Enigma Fox @ 40 – Marathon Day Two – Caldecotte Lake MAR 04:00:57
12 16/12/2012 Christmas Enigma Day 2 – Caldecotte Lake MAR 04:02:33
13 06/01/2013 Enigma Winter Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 04:14:57
14 07/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 04:04:09
15 08/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 04:06:54
16 09/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 04:05:08
17 10/02/2013 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 04:06:17
18 14/04/2013 Brighton Marathon 2013 MAR 03:43:02
19 22/04/2013 Virgin London Marathon 2013 MAR 03:47:31
20 06/05/2013 Milton Keynes Marathon 2013 MAR 04:06:38
21 01/06/2013 Kent Roadrunner 2013 MAR 03:54:55
22 22/06/2013 Enigma Back to Front (Front) Caldecotte MAR 03:57:46
23 25/07/2013 Enigma Night Fever – Furzton Lake 2013 MAR 04:38:58
24 18/08/2013 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake MAR 04:20:59
25 06/10/2013 Bournemouth Marathon MAR 03:58:20
26 20/10/2013 Abingdon Marathon 2013 MAR 03:45:46
27 29/10/2013 Enigma Three Lakes – Day 1 Willen MAR 04:05:22
28 02/11/2013 COD RC Pumpkin Marathon MAR 04:23:20
29 03/11/2013 Steppingley Step – LDWA MAR 05:44:00
30 24/11/2013 Enigma Track Marathon 2013 MAR 03:37:05
31 11/12/2013 Enigma 9/10/11/12/13 – Caldecotte Lake MAR 03:41:42
32 04/01/2014 Enigma Winter Day 1 – Furzton Milton Keynes MAR 03:52:05
33 15/01/2014 Enigma Willen (Furzton due to floods) MAR 03:57:09
34 26/01/2014 Peter Griffiths 100th Marathon MAR 03:48:06
35 08/02/2014 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Furzton Milton Keynes MAR 03:45:53
36 23/03/2014 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte MAR 03:38:26
37 19/04/2014 Easter Around the Reservoir – Northampton MAR 03:31:31
38 05/05/2014 Milton Keynes Marathon 2014 MAR 03:33:44
39 31/05/2014 Kent Roadrunner 2014 MAR 03:44:10
40 12/06/2014 Enigma Superhero Marathon – Caldecotte Lake MAR 03:38:45
41 21/06/2014 Enigma Back to Front (Front) Caldecotte MAR 03:52:49
42 05/07/2014 Enigma Summer Marathon – Caldecotte MAR 03:34:54
43 31/08/2014 Enigma Reverse – Caldecotte Lake MAR 03:33:45
44 14/09/2014 Tallinn Marathon – Estonia MAR 03:27:22
45 19/10/2014 Abingdon Marathon 2014 MAR 03:45:47
46 05/11/2014 Bournemouth Marathon 2014 MAR 03:38:49
47 09/11/2014 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:35:35
48 10/12/2014 Enigma Blues Marathon – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:48:37
49 14/12/2014 Enigma Christmas Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:37:15
50 04/01/2015 Enigma Winter Marathon – Day 2 Caldecotte – Icy! MAR 03:52:15
51 05/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:48:47
52 06/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:52:28
53 07/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:52:57
54 08/02/2015 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte MAR 03:55:28
55 22/03/2015 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte MAR 03:28:58
56 03/04/2015 Enigma Good Friday Marathon – Caldecotte MAR 03:35:10
57 26/04/2015 Virgin London Marathon 2015 MAR 03:36:24
58 04/05/2015 Milton Keynes Marathon 2015 MAR 03:38:22
59 20/06/2015 Enigma Back to Front (Back) Caldecotte MAR 03:49:56
60 05/07/2015 Enigma Summer Marathon – Caldecotte MAR 03:42:06
61 30/08/2015 Enigma Shaken Not Stirred – Caldecotte MAR 03:36:02
62 27/09/2015 Enigma That Bloody Lake – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:26:14
63 04/10/2015 Bournemouth Marathon 2015 MAR 03:25:37
64 21/10/2015 Back To The Future – Phoenix Running MAR 04:56:50
65 29/10/2015 Enigma Three Lakes – Day 3 Caldecotte MAR 03:25:23
66 08/11/2015 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:26:21
67 09/12/2015 Enigma Empire Strikes Back – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:24:32
68 03/01/2016 Enigma Winter Day 2 – Caldecotte Milton Keynes MAR 03:32:23
69 24/01/2016 Dymchurch Marathon – SVN MAR 03:32:40
70 07/02/2016 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:40:31
71 20/03/2016 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:15:31
72 03/04/2016 Paris Marathon 2016 MAR 03:27:52
73 02/05/2016 Milton Keynes Marathon 2016 MAR 03:26:50
74 14/05/2016 Bewl Water Ultra 37.5 37.5 05:50:11
75 18/06/2016 Enigma Shaken Not Stirred – Caldecotte MAR 03:26:52
76 03/07/2016 Enigma Need for Speed Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:35:43
77 30/07/2016 Enigma World Cup Marathon Day 1 Afternoon Caldecotte MAR 03:27:43
78 17/09/2016 Chiltern Wonderland 50 – Centurion Running 50 09:35:05
79 24/09/2016 Enigma Rocky 40th Afternoon – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:30:08
80 02/10/2016 Bournemouth Marathon 2016 MAR 04:51:19
81 06/10/2016 Running Miles Eton Dorney Lake MAR 03:24:20
82 23/10/2016 Abingdon MAR 03:28:11
83 27/10/2016 Enigma Three Lakes – Caldecotte Reverse MAR 03:39:39
84 06/11/2016 Enigma Fireworks Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:28:25
85 27/11/2016 Colworth Hair & Tortoise MAR 03:38:29
86 11/12/2016 Enigma Christmas Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:36:07
87 08/01/2017 Enigma Winter Day 2 MAR 03:36:51
88 21/01/2017 Ranscombe Winter Challenge -SVN – 39 miles 39.25 06:55:55
89 02/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 1 – Caldecotte MAR 03:40:42
90 03/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 2 – Caldecotte MAR 03:54:28
91 04/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 3 – Caldecotte MAR 03:45:48
92 05/02/2017 Enigma Quadzilla Day 4 – Caldecotte MAR 03:51:29
93 09/03/2017 Running Miles Eton Dorney Lake MAR 03:31:00
94 19/03/2017 Enigma Week at the Knees Day 7 – Caldecotte MAR 03:27:27
95 08/04/2017 South Downs Way 50 – Centurion Running 50 08:49:10
96 01/05/2017 Milton Keynes Marathon 2017 MAR 03:27:04
97 10/06/2017 South Downs Way 100 – Centurion Running 100 22:22:19
98 30/07/2017 Enigma Planes MAR 03:22:01
99 27/08/2017 Enigma Trains MAR 03:28:25
100 23/09/2017 Enigma Automobiles MAR 03:17:59
101 23/09/2017 Bournemouth Marathon 2017 MAR 03:17:39
102 23/09/2017 Autumn 100 – Centurion Running 100 22:59:42
103 26/11/2017 Colworth Hair & Tortoise MAR 03:45:54
104 07/01/2018 Enigma Winter Marathon – Day 2 Caldecotte MAR 03:24:55
105 04/03/2018 Running Miles Eton Dorney Lake MAR 03:13:47
106 13/03/2018 Enigma Week At The Knees – Willen MAR 03:22:59
107 24/04/2018 Big Bear Events – Salcey Forest MAR 03:57:37
108 05/05/2018 Thames Path 100 – Centurion Running 100 22:51:42
109 07/05/2018 Milton Keynes Marathon 2018 – Pacing 5h15 MAR 05:14:12
110 26/05/2018 Grand Union Canal 145 145 36:00:00
111 16/06/2018 Greensand Ridge Relay 2018 – Solo 35 05:50:43
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