100 Marathon Club
Newsletter No.3 2005
1. Editorial (Peter Graham)
2. Chairman‟s Report (Roger Biggs)
3. Minutes of Committee Meeting held 27th June 2005
4. List of Club Members
5. Club Statistics
6. Members in the News
Mike Faraday awarded an MBE
Brian Mills 500 road Marathon (picture)
Warren D‟Rozario 100 Marathon (picture)
7. Club Competitions
UK & Ireland Road Marathon Shield
Photo of the Year
8. Forthcoming Events
UK & Ireland Marathons
UK, Ireland & Foreign Ultras
Big City Marathons
9. 100MC Overseas Travel Club
10. Race Results/Reports
Antarctica, The End of the World & towards the 7 Continents by Roger Biggs
Sardinian Marathon, 24th April 2005 by Peter Burns
Riga Marathon 21st May 2005 by Peter Burns
Peach City Marathon, Penticton, Canada: 22 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
Prince of Wales Island Marathon, Alaska, USA: 28 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
Drammen Marathon, Norway, 3 September 2005 by Peter Burns
Moscow International Peace Marathon, Russia, 1 Sept 2005 by Don Taylor
11. Readers‟ Letters
12. Club Kit
100 Marathon Club
Roger Biggs – Chairman email@example.com
Peter Graham – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Tad Lancucki – Treasurer email@example.com
Dave Major firstname.lastname@example.org
Merv Nutburn email@example.com
Club Bank account:-
Alliance & Leicester Community Account No. 72-06-00 574245189
Published quarterly 31.1 30.4 31.7 31.10
Editor – Peter Graham
Articles & letters for inclusion should be with the Editor two weeks before publication date.
The aims of the Club are:
1 To provide a focal point for runners in the United Kingdom and Ireland who have completed 100 or more races of
marathon distance or longer .
2 To maintain a database of marathon statistics relating to members‟ achievements.
3 To promote and organise various marathon challenges for members.
4 To assist members to enter races of marathon distance and longer, individually and collectively.
5 To share knowledge and experience and encourage newcomers to the sport of marathon running.
6 To assist the organisers of road marathons in the British Isles by providing constructive feedback.
7 To promote road marathons in the British Isles .
We are fast approaching the AGM of the Constituted Club. This will take place after the Luton Marathon at 3.30PM in Lea
Manor Recreation Centre. It would be very helpful to the Committee for members to give their views on how the Club is doing
whether positive or negative, as well as telling us how things can be improved.
If you wish to have your views formally discussed please send any relevant resolutions to the Club Secretary who will add them
to the Agenda. It does not matter if you are unable to come to the AGM but we would be glad to have your views heard. Your
views need to be sent no later than 4 November 2005.
Regarding the membership year the Committee will be proposing that the new membership year be extended to the 31
December 2006 and that subsequent membership years will run 12 months from 1 January. To this effect a motion to amend
paragraph 8 of the constitution will be put to the members. Regarding the membership subscription the committee will be
proposing that those members who joined part way during the year will be credited with a proportion of their subscription.
Paul Watts, a blind runner, requires assistance! He lives in Waltham Cross, Herts. If there is any member who is willing and able
to act as his guide and take Paul round marathons or other races Paul would like to hear from you. His home telephone number
is 01992 634900. Paul will often make his own way to events if a lift is not possible or practicable.
If any member who receives the newsletter by email wishes to be sent a hard copy, please let me know.
2. Chairman’s Comments
As we get ever closer to the end of the first year under the new regime, we need to think what we have achieved so far, and
perhaps what we could have done better. My first point would however be that you are only as good as your members. Yes,
there are things that are just down to the committee, but we need the members to get involved, whether it be articles, photos or
just advising about races.
Ok, what has/is going well? Certainly the kit is now getting out to a lot of members. I started this off, but now Dave Major has
taken up the cudgels, with a 3 order plus some new samples already in the pipeline. More info is shown below, but the vetting
process is going pretty well, with just a handful of races thrown out. Hopefully you have seen a recent improvement in the
website, and we have more people than ever joining us on trips around the world.
I think we could have done better on membership cards, but we are already taking action to improve this. I don‟t mean this as
criticism, as we are new to this. I think we are not yet 100% on newsletters and other communications. Trouble is, it is so easy
to send an email, but we must make sure that all members get the regular newsletter, if nothing else. It will be the intention that
non-PC users get all communications, but there is likely to be a delay, and sometimes, several communications might be
batched. Obviously, if you could find a friend or relation who is prepared to pass on emails etc, that would be great!
Part of the AGM agenda will be to decide Subs for 2006. We will make proposals for next year; what constitutes a membership
year; and how we allow for those that join during the year, especially late on. Those on email will already have received a
communication from me, concerning the movement of the current membership year from the end of September to the end of the
calendar year. In practical terms we have realised that we cannot ask for subs in October when the level of subs is not decided
until the AGM in December. Hope this makes sense.
1 Claim/2 Claim
I just wanted to clarify something I said in the last newsletter. I quote:
“The normally accepted rule is that you should run for your 1 claim club, unless including you, they cannot make up a team. In
this scenario you can then run for your 2 claim club, and wear the kit of that club.”
The strict rule is that you can‟t run for the 2 claim club, but as you would have to approach the race organiser anyway, they
may be happy to let you do this. Again, what I said about running outside the UK still applies. As there is no jurisdiction, then
you may choose to run for the 100 Marathon Club. I think this is what most of us intend to do on our foreign trips!
If you are a 1 claim member, then of course this doesn’t apply.
Vetting & Statistics
At the time of going to press I had received lists from 74 members. That leaves another 50 current members who have not yet
supplied their list. We have said it‟s not compulsory for previous members, but of course we would prefer that you did. We want
to be the UK encyclopaedia of marathon running, and be able to say without contradiction that the figures quoted are correct, so
if you can find your way to producing a list, that would be great!
Our website has now been upgraded twice. The first upgrade was to allow sufficient space to have a reasonable number of
photos and other information, but this didn‟t allow for the use of databases that is necessary for us to have our own „Forum‟.
Hopefully by the time you read this I will have tidied up the buttons, and added one for the forum. To get into the forum simply
click on the „Forum‟ button. You will need to key a user-id and passport. To start with this will be the same for all. This is
intended to be a members‟ only section, so please do not pass on the details to non members.
User id: 100Clubber, password: Alaska - both are case sensitive!!
Obviously we would appreciate if comments are appropriate, non-offensive and clean!
I‟m going to change the way I display the Foreign Marathon links. Rather than have one list in alphabetical and one in date
order, I‟m going to split the marathons geographically, displaying them all in date order. You will also find that a lot of the 2006
dates have now been added. Let me know if you prefer them this way.
I‟m sure you will agree that the photos look really good, and for that I have to thank „wannabe/wannabe‟ Dave Farthing, who has
been helping me. Dave is also responsible for the work on the forum.
Don‟t forget that all the contact email addresses have a purpose, so do use them. Using the addresses below gives you a better
chance of getting through to the correct person, especially when I‟m not around.
As previously stated, in most cases the recipient will reply from his/her personal email, but that‟s fine, as you have now made
contact with the appropriate person.
General Enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
Members Broadcast Messages - email@example.com
Members race results - firstname.lastname@example.org
Order Club Kit - email@example.com
Interested in a trip! - firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos for the Photo gallery - email@example.com
Chairman 100 Marathon Club
3. Minutes of Meetings
Minutes of the100 Marathon Club Committee meeting
Held on 27 June 2005 at the Crosse Keys, London EC3V 0DR
1) Apologies for Absence: All Committee Members were present.
2) Approval of last Minutes. The minutes of the meeting held on 4 April were approved.
3) Action points for the committee were:
Obtaining trophies for the club competition.
Obtaining samples of different items of Club kit such as rain jackets.
Obtaining quotes for 100/200/300 etc marathon pins.
Progressing the design our own 100 Marathon Club Medal and obtaining cost quotes.
4) Financial Report: Presented by Tad Lancucki
See appendix 1 for Income & Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet at 26 June.
5) Membership is increasing. We continue to try to find contact details of runners who have run over 100 marathons to advise
them of the constituted Club and encourage them to join. The new Membership Cards will be sent out with the latest
6) The best offer of travel insurance that we could recommend members consider is “Insure and Go” (www.insureandgo.com)
as they are not expensive and cover marathon running as standard. No insurance company offered any discount.
7) It was agreed that UK & I races that do not appear on the 100 Marathon Club website events section should not count
towards members‟ lists. For example the Daventry Dawdle advertised as 26.2 but is known to be well short so will not be
8) The webmaster has upgraded the website. Plans for the website include:
Race application forms online.
A discussion forum.
A photo gallery. It was proposed to have a picture of the month and picture of the year on a marathon theme.
9) It was proposed that runners who joined the Club within six months of the year end should receive an extended
membership. The committee discussed putting a proposal to the members at the AGM for a reduced membership fee, say
£5, for the second and subsequent years of membership.
10) Club kit was in high demand at the Halstead Marathon and Roger had placed another order so we should have more stock
for sale shortly.
11) The next meeting date will be either 12 or 19 of September.
12) The meeting closed at 9.45PM.
Secretary 100 Marathon Club
Income Expenditure Net
Subscriptions - Full £842.00 £842.00
- Associate £52.50 £52.50
Donations £10.00 £10.00
Profit on sales to
members £128.88 £128.88
SEAA - Affiliation Fee -£60.00 -£60.00
Sample kit -£23.15 -£23.15
Post & packing -£37.78 -£37.78
Newsletter -£45.00 -£45.00
Website -£25.00 -£25.00
Total £1,033.38 -£190.93 £842.45
BALANCE SHEET at 26th July 2005
Accumulated surplus £842.45
Represented by: Current assets: Stock of kit - at cost £364.77
Stock of medals - at cost £79.26
Sundry debtors £75.00
Cash at bank £1,373.92
Less: Sundry creditors -£94.50
Kit advances -£71.00
Net Assets £842.45
4. List of Club Members / Membership Form
Paid up members at 30.09.2005
1 Adams Paul 58 John Gil
2 Adams Susan 59 Kainth Inderjit
3 Akerbergs Gunars 60 Kay Allan
4 Alsworth Michael 61 Kay Danny
5 Appleton Derek 62 Lancucki Tad
6 Avery Joe 63 Lawlor Kevin
7 Avis Chas 64 Lewis Dave
8 Bailey Howard 65 Little Gina
9 Barker Ernie 66 Longworth Colin
10 Barnes Roy 67 Macon Larry
11 Biggs Roger 68 Major Dave
12 Boone * Paula 69 McFarlane John
13 Boone * Steve 70 McDonald John
14 Borland Jack 71 Mills Brian
15 Brisland Ian 72 Moles David
16 Brooks Jack 73 Morris Peter
17 Brown Michael 74 Morton Alan
18 Bulger Martin 75 New Steve
19 Burgess * Cliff 76 Newbitt Mike
20 Burns Peter 77 Nimmo Allan
21 Bush Martin 78 Nutburn Merv
22 Champoux* Jean 79 Nutburn Fiona
23 Clegg Peter 80 Oakes Wally
24 Cobby Janet 81 O'Hagen Collette
25 Cotton Tony 82 Ottley Ken
26 Crowley Sharon 83 Paul Carol
27 Da Silva Selina 84 Phillips Dave
28 Dawson John 85 Pickard Mark
29 Dolphin * Bob 86 Poidevin John
30 D'Rozario Warren 87 Poole Colin
31 Duffy Phil 88 Reed Moira
32 Edwards Steve 89 Reed Peter
33 Faraday Mike 90 Robbins Keith
34 Fazackerley Darren 91 Ryder Dave
35 Fenelon Liam 92 Salkeld Bill
36 Fennel Niel 93 Seabrook Patricia
37 Ferris Peter 94 Seeney Chris
38 Field Ivan 95 Sargeant Peter
39 Gaunt Mike 96 Sill David
40 Gibson John 97 Simpson Peter
41 Glover Brian 98 Storey Michael
42 Good Eric 99 Szlachetka* Basia
43 Goodreid Ted 100 Tinnyunt Robert
44 Graham Peter 101 Van Es* Dick
45 Green Allan 102 Vaughan David
46 Green Dave 103 Wallace John (Superman)
47 Griffin Richard 104 Wallace * John (Maddog)
48 Gurd Richard 105 Walshaw John
49 Hardy Robert 106 Waters James
50 Holmes Adam 107 Watts Paul
51 Horgan John 108 Webster Bob
52 Hottas* Christian 109 Wheeler Syd
53 Hoyle Ray 110 Williams John
54 Iddles Brent 111 Wilmot Andy
55 Ilott Martin 112 Wilson Robin
56 Inskip Bill 113 Wing Julie
57 Johnson Chris 114 Zeleznikow John
* overseas member
1 Day Kevin 7 Smith Brian
2 Hiscox John 8 Storey Pam
3 King Dave 9 Taylor Don
4 Lewis Dave 10 Terjesen Siri
5 Major Linda 11 Wade Gary
6 Oakes Ann 12 Waye Osy
Membership Application Form - Full / Associate
Date of Birth:
First Claim Club:
Do you wish to join the 100 Marathon Club as a first claim member? Yes / No
I declare that I am an amateur as defined by UK Athletics rules and am eligible to join the 100 Marathon Club. I
enclose a cheque in the sum of £............. made payable to 100 Marathon Club.
Fees for 2005 are £10 (Full) & £7.50 (Associate **)
** - Known as „Wannabe‟, for those who have completed at least 50 marathons/ultras
Signed: ...................................................................... Date: .........................................................................
Please send this form to the Club Sec. Peter Graham, 2 Trinity Court, Trinity Road, London N2 8JH.
5. Club Statistics
The Stats so Far! by Roger Biggs:
Below are those members who have submitted their races for scrutiny. This is updated to the last point I was advised by you,
which in most cases is the original list.
I will continue to gather results from the Internet etc, however, I will only advance marathon totals when specifically advised by
the member. It has to be your responsibility, as spelling mistakes and duplicates (we now have 2 „David Lewis‟), mean I can‟t
guarantee I have these correct. Of course, you never run in someone else‟s name, do you?
(For the record, I‟m going to refer to the Blackheath David as „Dave‟, and the Eltham David as „David‟)
The debate will always go on about what is and what isn‟t a marathon. If you disagree or would like the opportunity to mention
other events outside of the rules, we would welcome linking an article to your race history online. Going forward this could be
achievements and include a photograph. I‟ve a couple of members who have said they would welcome this opportunity, so I
wait to see if they send me anything.
Apologies go to Adam Holmes and Alan Morton. At the time of going to press, or to be more exact, me disappearing off on my
latest escapade, I know they had submitted lists, but had not found their way to me.
(**) – Incomplete record, vetting in progress.
No of No of Year of
No of Up to &
Country 100+ Name Road Trail TOTAL Event 100th
Marathons Marathons Marathon
Latvia Y Gunars Akerbergs 261 0 14 275 03Sep05 Drammen 1990
UK Y Derek Appleton 100 0 0 100 27Oct91 Maidstone 1991
UK Y Chas Avis 12 65 27 104 07Nov04 Steppingley ORM 2004
UK Y Howard Bailey 60 8 32 100 04Jun05 Dartmoor Dis 32m 2005
UK Y Roger Biggs 200 139 14 353 11Sep05 Cape Town 1996
USA Y Paula Boone 129 ?? 10 139 19Feb05 Myrtle Beach 2003
USA Y Steve Boone 252 ?? 18 270 19Feb05 Myrtle Beach 1997
UK Y Jack Brooks 109 28 1 138 31Jul05 Boddington 50k 2003
UK Y Martin Bulger 70 57 7 134 14Aug05 Salisbury ORM 1999
UK Y Peter Burns 166 3 0 169 20Mar05 Mediterrani 1999
UK Y Martin Bush 367 17 1 385 08May05 Dusseldorf 1995
Canada Y Jean Champoux 153 2 ?? 155 26Oct97 Niagara Falls 1993
UK Y Janet Cobby 41 39 20 100 28May05 Grand Union 145 2005
UK Y Tony Cotton 118 14 132 132 17Apr05 London 1994
UK Y Selina Da Silva 89 20 29 138 19Jun05 Dartmoor Vale 2003
UK Y John Dawson 121 20 2 143 14Aug05 Isle of Man 2003
UK N Kevin Day 47 10 4 61 27Aug05 Two Bridges -
USA Y Bob Dolphin 318 1 44 363 13Aug05 Crater Lake, OR 1991
UK Y Warren D'Rozario 112 4 1 117 14Aug05 Isle of Man 2004
UK Y Steve Edwards 383 14 11 408 18Sep05 New Forest 1990
UK Y Ivan Field 181 28 16 225 05Mar05 FinDelMundo 1993
UK Y Mike Gaunt 68 31 7 106 23Oct04 Beachy Head 2004
UK Y John Gibson 104 4 1 109 19Sep04 Warsaw 2002
UK Y Brian Glover 16 35 49 100 07Nov04 Steppingley ORM 2004
UK Y Eric Good 141 7 ?? 148 11Apr99 Bungay 1992
UK Y Ted Goodreid 120 9 ?? 129 13Jun04 Caen, France 1997
UK Y Richard Griffin 86 22 10 118 05Jun05 Stockholm 2004
UK Y Richard Gurd 77 33 4 114 18Sep05 New Forest 2004
UK N John Hiscox 51 0 ?? 51 21Sep05 ?? -
UK Y John Horgan 90 11 0 101 12Dec04 Calvia, Majorca 2004
UK Y Brent Iddles 190 12 3 205 19Jun05 Blackpool 1993
UK Y Gilbert John 189 43 37 269 01May05 Three Forts 1993
UK Y Chris Johnson 41 16 54 111 28May05 Chiltern 100 2003
UK Y Danny Kay 251 19 0 270 15May05 Halstead 1994
UK N Dave King 51 22 5 78 17Jul05 F.V. Chall ORM -
UK Y Tad Lancucki 205 32 21 258 03Jul05 North Sea Bed 1999
UK Y Dave Lewis (**) 86 96 20 202 04Sep05 Kent Coastal ?
UK N David Lewis 37 16 0 53 04Sep05 Kent Coastal -
UK Y Gina Little 95 65 27 186 07May05 Krakow 1999
USA Y Larry Macon 165 0 ?? 165 26Mar05 Tri State, UT 2004
UK Y Dave Major 113 25 5 143 25Sep05 Berlin 2004
UK N Linda Major 44 19 0 63 25Sep05 Berlin -
UK Y John McFarlane 116 2 2 120 12Jun05 Edinburgh 1992
UK Y Brian Mills 480 53 6 539 10Apr05 Rotterdam 1993
UK Y David Moles 106 36 4 146 12Dec04 Calvia, Majorca 2003
UK Y Mike Newbitt 216 249 48 513 09Apr05 Charnwood ORM 1992
UAE Y Allan Nimmo 96 0 9 105 03Apr05 Zurich 2004
UK Y Fiona Nutburn 50 60 32 142 17Oct04 Founders ORM 2003
UK Y Merv Nutburn 169 107 87 363 07Nov04 Stevenage 1996
Eire Y Collette O'Hagan 111 0 8 119 05Dec04 Barbados 2003
UK N Anne Oakes 91 0 0 91 30Jan05 Apeldoorn -
UK Y Wally Oakes 267 0 ?? 267 12Dec04 Calvia, Majorca 1994
UK N Ken Ottley 12 66 20 98 26Feb05 Belvoir ORM -
UK Y Carol Paul 58 57 1 116 25Sep05 Anglesey 2004
UK Y John Poidevin 116 17 4 137 10Jul05 Rottingdean ORM 2000
UK Y Colin Poole 104 30 15 149 30Jan05 Elb Tunnel 2001
UK Y Moira Reed 83 36 7 126 17Jul05 F.V. Chall ORM 2004
UK Y Peter Reed 75 35 8 118 17Jul05 F.V. Chall ORM 2004
UK Y Keith Robbins 55 10 36 101 01May05 Three Forts 2005
UK Y Dave Ryder 108 0 0 108 24Apr05 Shakespeare 2004
UK Y Bill Salkeld 50 44 6 100 17Jul05 F.V. Chall ORM 2005
UK Y Peter Sargeant 136 34 53 223 03Oct99 London to Brighton 1991
UK Y Chris Seeney 56 51 ?? 107 10Jul05 Rottingdean ORM 2005
UK Y David Sill 35 15 71 121 03Apr05 Daff Dawdle ORM 2003
UK Y Peter Simpson 49 1 70 120 28May05 Chiltern 100 2002
UK N Don Taylor 65 4 2 71 30Jan05 Ocala, FL -
UK N Siri Terjesen 42 16 14 72 10Jul05 Rottingdean ORM -
NL Y Dick Van Es 84 18 102 05May05 Biltse, NL 2005
UK N Gary Wade 59 6 0 65 25Sep05 Anglesey -
USA Y John Wallace 236 6 0 242 07May05 Krakow 1996
UK Y John Walshaw 102 0 0 102 19Jun05 Blackpool 2004
UK N Osy Waye 90 5 1 96 31Jul05 San Francisco -
UK Y Andy Wilmot 255 74 29 358 01May05 Heritage Coast 1994
UK Y Robin Wilson 216 23 30 269 01May05 Three Forts 1992
6. Members’ News
Michael Faraday has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honour‟s List.
Michael, a founder member of the 100 Marathon Club will pick up his award, which is to acknowledge his services to charity, on
the 18th October at Buckingham Palace. The award came as a complete surprise to him, having received a letter from the
Prime Minister informing him that he had recommended him to her Majesty the Queen for the honour.
Through out his running career, Michael has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities, ranging from his local
Children‟s Hospital to the Chest, Heart and Stroke foundation. He has been approached by many charities who, having heard of
his sterling work, vie for his services.
Michael has been an active member of the club since 1984, he says that he has seen “a lot of changes within the club and is
happy to see many new members from all over the world. If this award puts the club on a higher level that would be great for all
members.” He hopes to meet all of you in the future and is looking forward to competing in many more marathons.
Congratulations to Brian Mills, shown receiving his medal for Welcome to “Convict” Warren D’Rozario
completing 500 road marathons. Longford, August 2005. pictured completing his 100 marathon.
7. Club Competitions by Roger Biggs
The 100MC UK & Ireland Road Marathon Shield
In simple terms the person that completes the most UK & Irish marathons of the exact distance during 2005 will be the first
holder of this prestigious trophy.
Because members cannot guarantee entry into London, then the competition was extended to include 1, and only 1 of the
06Mar05 Steyning Stinger (Trail)
17Apr05 London Marathon
17Apr05 Tresco Marathon
17Jul05 Fairlands Valley Challenge (Trail)
29Oct05 Beachy Head Marathon (Trail)
As this is about numbers, not strength or speed, the committee felt that both sexes have an equal chance. As such the top five
irrespective of sex will receive an award, although as a concession, if all five are won by the same sex, then an extra award will
be made to the first person of the other sex.
Below is the situation and to and including Longford, as best as I know it. While I tend to pick up the results, it is your
responsibility to make sure I have your race finish details. Of course, September is a busy month, so it may change, although
someone might need to do a job on Colin!
Leading Contenders - As at 28Aug05 (incl Longford)
No Name No Name No Name
12 Colin Longworth 8 Brent Iddles 8 Warren D‟Rozario
7 John Dawson 7 Steve Edwards 6 Martin Bush
6 Selina Da Silva 6 Danny Kay 6 Brian Mills
6 Andy Wilmot 6 Robin Wilson
Photo of the Year
A selection of the photos sent in are displayed in the „Photo Gallery‟ on the website. Each month a photo is selected to go
towards the „Photo of the Year‟ competition.
At year end a „Photo of the Year‟ will be chosen. The winner will receive a framed copy of the winning photo.
8. Forthcoming Events by Roger Biggs
1) ENTRIES CLOSED! Abingdon Marathon on 16 October has reached it‟s entry limit!
2) ENTRIES CLOSED! Chris Seeney‟s Broadmeadow Off-Road Marathon on 19 November is now full.
3) The latest on the Dundee Marathon is September 2006
4) Mablethorpe, a coastal town North of Skegness, is planning a marathon on 10th September 2006
5) The Fairlands Valley Challenge will next be held on 23rd July 2006
UK & Ireland Marathons Hyperlink may be website or email
All those in CAPITALS are eligible for the Challenge Competition
For those marked „#‟, just one of these may count for the Challenge Competition
2006 Challenge to be confirmed at AGM.
Oct.8 Waltham Winder (OR/F,Leics),
Oct.16 ABINGDON. ENTRIES CLOSED!
Oct.22 Blackwater (OR/F),
Oct.23 Founders Challenge (OR/Ldwa,Surrey).
Oct.29 Beachy Head (#, TR).
Oct.30 SNOWDONIA (F).
Oct.31 DUBLIN (Ireland).
Nov.6 Steppingley Step (OR/F).
Nov.19 Broadmeadow (OR/(F)) ENTRIES CLOSED!
Dec.4 LUTON (F).
2006 Note: Competition rules for 2006 have yet to be discussed
Feb.26 New Forest (OR/ldwa).
Mar.5 Wendover Gap (OR/ldwa).
Mar.26 Connemara (Ireland), Daffodil Dawdle (OR/ldwa),
Apr.30 Neolithic (MT), Three Forts (MT/F).
Sep.10 Mablethorpe (Link not yet live!)
Sep.17 Dundee (Prov Date)
UK, Ireland & Foreign Ultras Hyperlink may be website or email
Oct.8 Tooting Bec 24hr (Track).
Oct.16 Palermo 50k (Sicily, Italy)
Nov.27 Gatliff 50km (OR).
Mar.8 100km Del Sahara (F/Tunisia).
May. 6 Ridgeway 40m (TR/ldwa)
Big City Marathons
Amsterdam Marathon 16Oct05 Athens Marathon 06Nov05
Barcelona Marathon 20Mar05 Beijing Marathon 16Oct05 (China)
Berlin Marathon 25Sep05 Big Sur Marathon 24Apr05 (California,USA)
Boston Marathon 18Apr05 Brussels Marathon 28Aug05
Chicago Marathon 09Oct05 Comrades Marathon 16Jun05 Ultra - 89km (South Africa)
Copenhagen Marathon 22May05 Dublin Marathon 31Oct05
Hamburg Marathon 24Apr05 Helsinki Marathon 06Aug05
Honolulu Marathon 11Dec05 Las Vegas Marathon 30Jan05
Lisbon Marathon 04Dec05 London Marathon 17Apr05
Los Angeles Marathon 6Mar05 Madrid Marathon 4Apr05
Marine Corps Marathon 30Oct05 (Washington DC) Mardi Gras Marathon 27Feb05 New Orleans, USA)
New York Marathon 06Nov05 Niagara Marathon 23Oct05
Ottawa Marathon 29May05 Paris Marathon 09Apr06
Portland Marathon 09Oct05 Prague Marathon 22May05
Quebec City Marathon 28Aug05 Rio De Janeiro Marathon 26Jun05
Rome Marathon 26Mar06 Rotterdam Marathon 10Apr05
San Francisco Marathon 31Jul05 Seattle Marathon 27Nov05
Stockholm Marathon 04Jun05 Toronto Marathon 16Oct05 (Canada)
Toronto Waterfront Marathon 25Sep05 Turin Marathon (Italy) 17Apr05
Vancouver Marathon 01May05 Vienna Marathon 22May05
Walt Disney World Marathon 08Jan06 (Florida)
9. 100MC Overseas Travel Club by Roger Biggs & Dave Major
The contact in club terms is the co-ordinator only, and cannot be held responsible for race cancellations or travel problems.
Personal insurance is advised.
All communications should commence to firstname.lastname@example.org , although subsequent emails will be to/from the
a) Sunday, 13Nov05 – Marathon Kasterlee (Belgium) http://www.marathonkasterlee.be/
Departing by Eurostar from Waterloo on Saturday Nov 12 at 08:39 to Brussels and onward train to Geel:
Returning approx 22:00 on Sunday Nov 13 .
Entries now closed! Contact: Dave Major on email@example.com
b) Sunday, 11Dec05 – Calvia Marathon (Mallorca)
I am in contact with a Running Crazy (Malcolm), who organises things in Majorca. Last year I personally booked 90 people,
hence I am able to get a discount on his prices. The Company arranges transfers, hotel and race entry, you book your flights.
Basically the deal is as per 2004. The prices below are the standard prices charged by the contact in Spain.
If you wanted to book direct, this is what you would pay.
Runner No of Nights Supporter
120 1 95
155 2 130
190 3 165
220 4 195
255 5 230
All prices in Euros!! This includes airport transfers & hotel, plus race entry for runners.
Single room supplement is 20 euros per night. Triples can also be arranged.
This is the normal rate, please take off the discount below from this figure.
If you stay for 1 or 2 nights you will receive a discount of 5% For 3 nights or more, the discount is 10%.
The normal period is Thursday to Tuesday. If you want dates outside of this, I'm sure this can be arranged, but as this is a
package, you may have to get yourself to/from the airport and I cannot guarantee a refund.
So what do you do next: (in date order)
1) Let me know if you are interested, and how many?
2) Book your flights
As at Sep.23, flights were still available with Easyjet, from £50 depending on departure airport.
3) Let me have all the flight details and names
4) If you are runner, I need all the usual entry details including marathon or half
(If you came last year, and nothing has changed, then this is not needed)
5) Send me a £50 deposit for each person (cheques to Roger Biggs)
I've been for the last 3 years, and the weather has been very pleasant in the 60's F. It's a quiet time of the year in Magalluf, but
there are enough bars open, and enough of us, to have a great time, and believe me, we do!
Contact: Roger Biggs on firstname.lastname@example.org
c) Sunday, 15Jan06 Louis Peerson Memorial Marathon (Genk, Belgium) http://www.lpm-marathon.be/
Departing by Eurostar from Waterloo on Saturday Jan 14 at approx 08:30 to Brussels and onward train to Genk.
Returning approx 22:00 on Sunday Jan 15 .
Staying in a Sports Centre just outside Genk, including breakfast. You can see the finish line from your bedroom.
Course is 7 laps of 6km plus 195 metres.
Total Cost: £98
As at Sep.26 we had 15 people signed up. This trip has a strict 20 limit!!
Contact: Dave Major on email@example.com
d) Sunday, 30Apr06 Madrid Marathon (Spain) http://www.maratonmadrid.org/
Details to follow
Contact: Dave Major on firstname.lastname@example.org
e) Friday, 16Jun06 – Night of Flanders Marathon (Torhout, Belgium) http://www.nvv.be/
Sunday, 18Jun06 - MittelRhein Marathon (Koblenz, Germany) http://www.mittelrhein-marathon.de/
As per 2005, options to do 1 or 2 events. This year 18 travelled to both events in 2 Minibuses, while 3 made their own way by
car for Torhout only.
June 16th is Mike (Badger) Newbitt‟s 60th birthday, and he intends to make it his 500th Marathon!
Further details and costs in early 2006
Contact: Roger Biggs on email@example.com
f) Saturday, 24Jun06 (Prov) - White Nights Marathon (St Petersburg, Russia) http://flaspb.narod.ru/wnwn.html
Date to be confirmed
Not too much information yet, and not likely to be cheap!
Rumoured that the marathon starts at 22:00hrs on a Saturday night. Still, should be pretty light!
Further details and costs to follow
Contact: Tad Lancucki on firstname.lastname@example.org
g) Other Possible Trips,
At this stage they are not considered to be co-ordinated events. Interest may dictate otherwise
(? – date yet to be confirmed)
19Feb06 – Valencia - http://www.correcaminos.org/
26Feb06 – Seville - http://marasevi.interbook.net/
26Feb06? – Malta - http://www.maltamarathon.com
05Mar06? – Treviso, Italy – http://www.trevisomarathon.com
09Apr06 – Rotterdam - http://www.rotterdammarathon.nl/
17Apr06 – Utrecht - http://www.marathonutrecht.nl/2005/
14May06 – Prague - http://www.praguemarathon.com/
16Jul06 – Torshavn, Faroe Islands – http://www.torshavnmarathon.com
01Oct06? – Kosice, Slovakia - http://www.mmm.sk/
08Oct06? – Munich, Germany - http://www.medienmarathon.de/
15Oct06? – Echternach, Luxembourg - http://www.marathon-echternach.lu/
10. Race Results / Reports
Race Results by Roger Biggs
Results are only being shown for current members, including events completed before they signed up. Results carry on from
where I left off in the last newsletter, up to the end of August.
As per the last newsletter, there would be too many results to include them all, so I will limit inclusion to marathons in the
competition, and those marathons considered organised trips. However, all results will be shown in the results section on the
website. (again, members only)
As per the website results, for ease of adding in members, I try to collect times for all 2004 members. If they have not joined in
2005, then I simply blank them out, hence the spaces in the results below. The good news is that the great majority of old
members still running have joined up in 2005! I‟ve decided to do away with the „Wannabe‟ tag in the results, mainly as I needed
a tag for old members.
Name Actual Pos Off Name Actual Pos Off
Aug.28 Brussels Marathon (Belgium) +++ 780 finishers +++
Ivan Field 3:12:57 84 3:13:18 Jack Brooks 3:42:13 309 3:42:41
Roger Biggs 4:02:33 507 4:03:15 Gina Little 4:28:35 672 4:29:38
Aug.28 Longford Marathon (Ireland) +++ 203 finishers +++
Mike Newbitt 3:29:30 53 3:29:52 Peter Ferris 61 3:31:52
Warren D‟Rozario 3:44:33 89 3:44:50 Dave Major 3:49:26 100 3:49:40
Dave Green 105 3:52:32 Colin Longworth 109 3:55:30
Brian Smith 121 4:04:09 Carol Paul 4:16:22 138 4:16:54
Colin Poole 141 4:17:12 Philip Duffy 147 4:20:05
Brian Mills 4:24:xx 153 4:25:24 John Dawson 4:24:xx 154 4:25:29
Linda Major 4:40:57 173 4:41:12 Selina Da Silva 182 4:50:52
Martin Bush 189 4:52:37 Peter Morris 4:53:20 190 4:54:15
Peter Graham 195 5:28:43 Liam Fenelon 198 5:37:53
Collette O‟Hagan 199 5:37:54 Ray Hoyle 203 6:19:46
Aug.14 Isle of Man Marathon
Kevin Day 3:41:59
Warren D‟Rozario 3:47:xx John Dawson 4:27:04
Jul.31 San Francisco Marathon (CA, USA) +++ 4869 finishers +++
Osy Waye 4508 5:56:27 Peter Graham 5:59:50
Jul.25 Salt Lake City Marathon (Utah, USA) +++ 594 finishers +++
Peter Graham 6:27:xx 588 6:27:48
Jul.17 Fairlands Valley Challenge ORM (Stevenage) +++ 159 finishers +++
Janet Cobby 12 4:07:xx Andy Wilmot 12 4:07:xx
Steve Edwards 25 4:26:xx Gina Little 28 4:33:xx
Siri Terjesen 31 4:37:xx Mike Newbitt 32 4:45:xx
John Williams 33 4:48:xx David Sill 40 4:57:xx
Merv Nutburn 51 5:11:xx
Bill Salkeld 60 5:19:xx John Horgan 66 5:23:xx
Tony Cotton 68 5:25:xx Dave King 5:24:xx 68 5:25:xx
Brian Smith 68 5:25:xx David Lewis 73 5:26:xx
Brent Iddles 79 5:42:xx
Sharon Crowley 81 5:48:xx
Julie Wing 86 6:02:xx Mike Gaunt 91 6:06:xx
Dave Phillips 5:50:xx 93 6:09:xx Moira Reed 6:10:xx 93 6:09:xx
Peter Reed 6:10:xx 93 6:09:xx
Chris Seeney 103 6:19:xx Brian Glover 105 6:20:xx
Joe Avery 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx Roger Biggs 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx
Robert Hardy 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx Dave Major 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx
Linda Major 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx Carol Paul 6:22:28 109 6:22:xx
Chas Avis 120 6:23:xx Martin Bulger 121 6:26:xx
Martin Bush 122 6:37:xx Peter Morris 124 6:43:xx
Jack Brooks 6:44:xx 125 6:45:xx John Dawson 6:42:xx 126 6:45:xx
Warren D'Rozario 126 6:45:xx Collette O'Hagan 126 6:45:xx
David Moles 130 6:50:xx
John McFarlane 135 7:05:xx
Michael Alsworth 137 7:07:xx
Jack Borland 139 7:11:xx Pat Seabrook 139 7:11:xx
Jul.2 Neuwerk Insel-Marathon (Germany), Island off N.coast
Tad Lancucki 4:42:xx
Jul.3 Nordsee Meeresboden ORM (Germany), On the N.Sea bed
Tad Lancucki 5:48:xx
Jun.19 Blackpool Marathon +++ 815 finishers +++
Andy Wilmot 132 3:41:06 Colin Longworth 316 4:10:52
John Williams 337 4:14:13 Ernie Barker 439 4:26:47
Dave Phillips 4:38:xx 519 4:38:46 Michael Alsworth 521 4:39:05
Martin Bush 554 4:43:58
Brian Mills 612 4:54:33 Moira Reed 5:06:xx 694 5:09:54
Peter Reed 5:06:xx 695 5:10:24 John Walshaw 5:11:xx 705 5:13:26
Bob Webster 764 5:36:22 Brent Iddles 5:49:12 784 5:50:35
Paul Adams 789 5:58:59 David Moles 796 6:08:39
Ray Hoyle 815 7:18:35
Jun.19 Dartmoor Vale Marathon (Newton Abbot, Devon) +++ 68 finishers +++
Richard Gurd 3:06:55 4 3:06:55 Steve Edwards 3:18:16 13 3:18:16
Adam Holmes 14 3:18:45 Roy Barnes 29 3:47:26
Robert Tinnyunt 62 5:01:37 Selina Da Silva 5:14:52 67 5:14:52
Pat Seabrook 68 5:29:26
Jun.19 MittelRhein Marathon (Koblenz, Germany) +++ 3363 finishers +++
Mike Newbitt 3:46:35 585 3:48:03 Danny Kay 3:55:58 818 3:58:06
John Horgan 4:34:47 2058 4:39:09 Dave Major 4:38:21 2170 4:42:38
Robert Hardy 4:44:08 2340 4:46:49 Roger Biggs 4:49:01 2475 4:51:40
Gary Wade 4:49:38 2493 4:51:43 Gina Little 4:50:13 2510 4:54:33
Carol Paul 4:59:35 2755 5:03:54 Jack Brooks 5:02:34 2790 5:04:35
Peter Morris 5:06:14 2862 5:10:34 John Dawson 5:25:59 3145 5:30:04
Jun.17 Night of Flanders 100km (Torhout, Belgium) +++ 46 finishers +++
David Sill 11:26:47 34 11:26:46
Jun.17 Night of Flanders Marathon (Torhout, Belgium) +++ 244 finishers +++
Mike Newbitt 3:36:35 75 3:37:08 Danny Kay 3:55:35 115 3:55:37
Jack Brooks 3:56:00 125 3:56:43 Brian Smith 3:58:08 129 3:58:24
Dave King 3:58:08 130 3:58:25 Roger Biggs 3:58:22 135 3:58:51
John Horgan 4:01:28 145 4:01:31 Robert Hardy 4:12:30 177 4:13:04
Gary Wade 4:15:57 186 4:16:41 Dave Major 4:23:36 197 4:24:14
John Dawson 4:28:08 206 4:28:08 Gina Little 4:27:52 207 4:28:24
Carol Paul 4:43:35 229 4:44:05
Dick Griffin 4:43:35 230 4:44:06 Linda Major 4:53:28 236 4:53:50
Jun.16 Comrades Marathon (89km, South Africa) +++ 11329 finishers +++
Dave Ryder 10:25:xx 6420 10:26:55 Warren D‟Rozario 11:41:xx 10448 11:41:18
Jun.12 Edinburgh Marathon +++ 4418 finishers +++
Ivan Field 452 3:27:24 Gary Wade 3:32:39 610 3:32:53
Colin Longworth 1042 3:44:52
Peter Ferris 1340 3:51:14 Robin Wilson 4:21:24 2519 4:19:08
Peter Reed 4:40:xx 3289 4:40:51
Keith Robbins 4:50:xx 3556 4:50:25 Moira Reed 5:03:xx 3760 4:58:41
John McFarlane 5:05:xx 3888 5:06:19 Osy Waye 5:21:18 4073 5:21:15
Brent Iddles 5:23:24 4098 5:23:28 Collette O'Hagan 4116 5:25:11
Paul Watts 4311 6:00:38 John Zeleznikow 4364 6:19:25
Alan Morton 4369 6:20:19
Jun.12 Potsdamer Schlosser Marathon (Germany) +++ 340 finishers +++
Tad Lancucki 4:32:xx 295 4:33:43
Jun.5 Stockholm Marathon (Sweden) +++ 12698 finishers +++
Martin Illott 3:32:37 1925 3:35:29 Brian Smith 3:45:05 3069 3:46:00
Dave King 3:45:18 3086 3:46:13 John Gibson 4:51:52 10557 4:54:54
Dick Griffin 4:55:33 10857 4:57:50
Jun.5 Rhein-Ruhr Marathon (Duisburg, Germany) +++ 1344 finishers +++
Martin Bush 4:02:55 796 4:03:37 Dave Phillips 4:16:23 974 4:17:00
Ray Hoyle 5:39:17 1342 5:40:43
Jun.4 Vlanderren Loopt Marathon (Ichtegem, Belgium) +++ 150 finishers +++
Dave Major 4:20:29 149 4:20:37
May.28 Bilbao Marathon (Spain) +++ 306 finishers +++
Dave Major 4:08:39 236 4:09:04 Brian Mills 289 4:33:41
Linda Major 4:55:53 304 4:56:19
May.28 Prince of Wales Island Marathon (Alaska,USA) +++ 24 finishers +++
Jack Brooks 3:48:35 6 3:48:35 Roger Biggs 3:55:48 8 3:55:50
Bob Dolphin 21 5:38:51
May.22 Peach City Marathon (Penticton, BC, Canada) +++ 144 finishers +++
Jack Brooks 3:48:48 45 3:48:38 Roger Biggs 3:52:54 53 3:52:58
Bob Dolphin 143 5:46:44
May.22 Prague Marathon (Czech Repl.) +++ 3403 finishers +++
John Poidevin 4:31:07 2544 4:37:48 Osy Waye 5:18:02 3155 5:20:10
May.22 Copenhagen Marathon (Denmark) +++ 4066 finishers +++
Linda Major 4:49:56 3730 4:54:01
May.22 Isle of Wight Marathon +++ 137 finishers +++
Richard Gurd 2:56:41 2 2:56:41 Adam Holmes 14 3:18:00
Danny Kay 51 3:44:45
Howard Bailey 3:51:12 62 3:51:13 John Williams 71 3:59:20
Roy Barnes 76 4:03:13 Martin Ilott 80 4:05:25
Martin Bush 99 4:30:13 Robert Tinnyunt 121 4:54:26
Selina Da Silva 4:57:15 123 4:57:15
May.21 White Peak Marathon +++ 191 finishers +++
Steve Edwards 12 3:09:18 Andy Wilmot 43 3:34:26
Neil Fennel 53 3:39:17 Allan Kay 63 3:43:30
Gary Wade 3:47:28 75 3:47:37 Colin Longworth 79 3:48:26
Dave Ryder 108 3:58:34 Warren D'Rozario 125 4:07:16
Brian Mills 155 4:26:30 John Dawson 4:26:02 156 4:26:32
Chris Seeney 4:38:xx 168 4:37:48 Paul Adams 185 5:06:29
Brent Iddles 5:43:00
May.15 Halstead Marathon +++ 284 finishers +++
Richard Gurd 3:02:50 15 3:02:50
Steve Edwards 37 3:14:53 Andy Wilmot 61 3:26:39
Dave King 3:36:xx 84 3:36:44 John Williams 88 3:39:05
Roy Barnes 99 3:43:04 Danny Kay 101 3:43:09
Colin Longworth 128 3:51:16 Roger Biggs 3:51:31 129 3:51:44
Martin Bush 162 4:06:11 Dave Ryder 165 4:08:18
Sharon Crowley 4:10:27 173 4:10:44 John Horgan 185 4:13:41
Ernie Barker 188 4:13:58 John Dawson 4:27:29 225 4:27:44
Peter Reed 228 4:29:57 Robin Wilson 233 4:31:08
Warren D‟Rozario 4:37:13 244 4:37:30 Brian Mills 252 4:43:28
Julie Wing 253 4:45:46
Moira Reed 258 4:57:52 Brent Iddles 5:15:20 269 5:15:46
Peter Burns 271 5:20:02 John McFarlane 273 5:25:45
David Moles 275 5:30:38 Peter Graham 282 5:52:45
Antarctica, The End of the World & towards the 7 Continents by Roger Biggs
Antarctica Marathon – Saturday, 26 February 2005:
I got my finishers medal a week after I got home, and there was a few problems with the merchandise, but everything else was
spot on. Thom Gilligan of Marathon Tours & Travel (Boston) could not believe how well things went, and spent the whole trip
expecting something to happen. Listening onboard to Thom telling us what had happened in the preceding 6 marathon trips,
make me think what a great job he had done to keep this on the rails.
I travelled from London via DC with United down to BA (Buenos Aires). Not the quickest way, but good for my Mileage points.
We had 3 nights at the very good Marriott Plaza, including a banquet on the Sunday night. Temperatures were in the 80‟s, but
these were soon to drop as we made our way down to Ushuaia at the Southern tip of Argentina, and onto our Russian ship, the
We were on the first ship of two, and were soon making our way from the Beagle Channel into the open waters of the infamous
Drake Passage, surely one of the legendary seas of the world. Ok, the ship rocked a bit, but for 2 whole days we travelled South
in very kind conditions. We reached our first goal of King George Island early enough to drop off Thom and his crew to set up
the course leaving us to sail off glacier and penguin hunting.
We returned to be ferried across to the Island in Zodiacs, for a 9am start. The event was a 2 lap course, taking in 4 research
bases, plus 2 miles of Collins Glacier. They don‟t have roads as such, so for most, it was pretty hard going, with an ambient
temperature around freezing, however the wind chill made it feel a lot colder. I guess we were pretty lucky with the weather, and
while I couldn‟t honestly say this was the hardest race I‟ve done, my legs were not at their best, and I struggled round in
Race done, we had 3 more days in the area just off the mainland continent, chasing penguins, seals and humpback whales, not
to forget the icebergs and glaciers that were everywhere. I briefly had my feet on the continent, before we were heading North,
back across the Drake Passage and Ushuaia. The swell had got up a bit this time, but again we were pretty lucky.
King George Island – Antarctica Marathon
Fin Del Mundo Marathon – Sunday, 6 March: (End of the World)
Ushuaia claims to be the most Southerly city in the world, with the marathon running along the most southerly road in the world.
Without going into Chile, I couldn‟t prove the claims, but as there isn‟t a marathon there, then that will do.
We were ferried from the dock up to our hotel above Ushuaia. After a week of inactivity on ship, I was glad to take an easy run
down into the centre. It was probably around 4 miles, virtually all downhill. With just 2 days to go until the marathon, I certainly
wasn‟t going to run up again, and at just 7 pesos, a taxi was in order.
We started the marathon within a few yards of the end of the road from BA, just 3063km, if we wanted to go all the way.
Fortunately we only had 42km to run. The first 15km were contained within the Tierra del Fuego National Park, with another 3km
before we hit surfaced road. However, it wasn‟t the surface that got you, it was the endless hills, before we eventually had a
downhill stretch to the outskirts of Ushuaia.
At halfway, we had an out-and-back loop up to the new Airport, before taking in San Martin, the main street thru Ushuaia. At
30km, there was a nasty surprise, as we climbed up above the town. Of course, what goes up, must come down, so this did
mean some nice easy miles to bring us home. Easy miles in a marathon, you must be joking, but I couldn‟t blame the terrain at
If you have ever been on ship, you will know that food is not a problem, of course the weight you put on, is! I‟d carried that extra
weight without stopping, and wasn‟t going to walk now, so gathering myself I stormed past a couple of fellow travellers in the
last km to finish in 4:13:22.
This was the 3 running of the Fin Del Mundo Marathon, and the race director must have thought it was Christmas. Around 100
Antarctica travellers stayed on to run in Ushuaia, boosting the marathon to record numbers. Problem is, Antarctica is biannual. I
hope this marathon survives this problem, as this was a pretty good event run in the stunning surroundings of the city,
mountains and sea.
The race for 7 Continents:
Ok, now the contentious bit.
I‟d always planned to knock off all the continents, but the addition of South America to this trip, made me decide to do all 7 in
one year, although in theory I only needed to do Australia after this trip. I didn‟t even need Argentina, as I‟d run in Rio back in
1991, when I was actually capable of getting near the 3 hour mark.
Ok, why contentious? Firstly some thoughts on why the 50 States Club made a couple of rules:
1) Because there was no marathon within DC (I know there was a recent short lived event), runners were allowed to count the
Marine Corps as DC although it actually started and finished in Virginia.
2) Ultras were allowed as not all States had a marathon.
Both of these rules are fair within their context.
Well, if you look at the Antarctica Marathon, it is actually on an Island. I know that the purist would still count it, as it‟s only just
off the mainland, and surely considered part of Antarctica. However, it‟s the only one, so it would be reasonable to say that rule
1 above reasonably fits this bill.
Ok, let‟s now look at the other 6 continents. Do we need to pick an Ultra, when there are clearly loads of marathons on each
continent? I feel the answer is no.
Now we come down to what is a continent? Well, I guess I was already aware that Hawaii was part of North America, and this
trip has taught me that Easter Island is actually part of South America, while Iceland would appear to be part of the European
Continent. Ok, if you live in South America, don‟t bother going to Europe, just go to the Falklands, as I would say that is as much
part of Europe as Hawaii is North America.
Of course, according to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Falklands are actually part of Antarctica, so that‟s 2 continents killed in one. I
say, come on you lot, make a bit of an effort, and when you say you have run a marathon on the 7 continents, mean it!
Sardinian Marathon, 24th April 2005 by Peter Burns
The Sardinian Marathon took place in Alghero, in the North West corner of the Italian island, on 24 April 2005. Ryanair handily
flies to Alghero, so Tad Lancucki, my wife Mary, who entered the accompanying Half Marathon event, and I decided to run. The
event was organised by the Terramia Club which seems to be an Italian equivalent of Mike Grattan‟s Leisure Pursuits Group.
Despite being promised a website in English and a credit card payment facility as early as November 2004 this never ever
materialised. We got round the problem by sending Euros directly (Tad‟s preferred method) or by sending card details through
the post. I prefer the latter approach as it gives some reassurance, or otherwise, that payment has been received and that you
are entered… or not. A number of subsequent emails to Terramia failed to elicit a reply until around a fortnight before we were
due to travel. But then everything went swimmingly. An email programme giving full details of the event, where to pick up
numbers, and baggage arrangements, appeared on the website – in Italian, but manageable for multi-linguists like Tad and
myself! We also both received emails from Terramia assuring us all would be o.k. And so it proved.
Alghero is pleasant with a labyrinth of narrow streets in the old town, ramparts facing the Mediterranean Sea and a long
attractive beach. Eating and drinking is of the usual high Italian standard with cheap options for those travelling on a budget.
There is even an English pub that sells Guinness… giving me yet another excuse for a slow time, as if I needed one! The
weather was changeable but was very warm and sunny on the day of the run.
A 9 o‟clock start did not seem so bad in the sunshine. The cafes in the Square that marked the Start/Finish line were happy to
make their loos available. For the numbers involved I would have expected long queues but none were encountered. The
marathon and half followed the same route out along the coast for around 10 miles before the marathon runners set off on their
own. A nice country route, though the roads were not closed to traffic, and we had to compete with a vintage car rally! A few “up
and downers” in the latter part of the race were quite testing and the last kilometere over cobbles was not the ideal surface for
hobbling marathoners. A welcome in English as we came over the line was a nice touch. The medal was impressive and the
on-line pictures and certificate first class.
The marathon was won by the Kenyan Joshua Kepchumba Rop in a time of 2:21:31, followed by Nizigama Alois from Burundi in
2:25:52 . The Italian, Riccardo de Venuto was third in 2:43:27. The first lady, an Italian, was Marinella Curelli in 3:01:33. Some
considerable way behind came Tad in 122 position in 4:46:43 and me in 129 place in a time of 5:08:49. There were 134
finishers, the last crossing the line in 5:19:58. Mary completed the half marathon in a creditable 2:23:34 that placed her 272 in
a field of 307 and 3 in her age category.
Next year‟s event on 23 April is recommended. Terramia would probably give more assistance if a package was booked with
them but a DIY Ryanair flight and hotel booking is much cheaper. One word of advice, don‟t take a day trip from Alghero to
Bose. While Bose is a pleasant enough spot it isn‟t sufficiently different to warrant more than an hour‟s look round. The bus ride
was scary round bends, but infinitely more enjoyable than the return journey. The driver drove us to a hilltop village in the middle
of nowhere before announcing that as it was now six o‟clock in the evening he was officially on strike and the bus was going no
further. After much haggling and negotiating with the police officers who had been called everyone managed to get a taxi home
at considerable expense….. certainly more than the cost of a single Ryanair flight! Ah, such are the hazards of running abroad .
Riga Marathon 21st May 2005 by Peter Burns
Having already conquered the Helsinki, Tallinn and Vilnius Marathons I was anxious to complete my “Baltic set” and run the
Riga Marathon. The 2005 Riga Marathon was on Saturday 21 May so I started making arrangements at the beginning of
March. On-line booking was a piece of cake. No form to complete; I simply followed the advice to foreign runners to forward the
usual personal and performance details to the organisers. I had a quick response that my application had been successful.
There was no problem with registration fee as, rather generously, there was none. So far, so good.
Ryanair have a daily flight to Riga from Stansted but I had to pay a little more than I‟m used to paying. With the run and flight
booked I set about finding a suitable hotel. This became something of a challenge. There was no availability at all in the one to
three star ratings within striking distance of the old town, only a room near the airport some 10Km out of the city. In the end I
had to go off-line and book into four star accomodation. I had less trouble adding my wife Mary to the booking when she was
able to come at the last minute. Her airfare was only slightly higher than my own and conversion from single to double room
was achieved at very little cost to cover the extra breakfasts.
It became quickly apparent why Riga accommodation is at a premium. It is a very popular place for stag and hen parties. Our
flight was almost fully taken up by a party of Welsh revellers who destroyed the myth that all Welsh can sing!!! We came across
yet another couple of serious parties of Brits who took over the restaurants that we were using. I have no complaints about that
other than that we got caught up in the atmosphere and ended up drinking more alcohol than was sensible for “runners”.
We spent a long week-end in Riga from Friday to Monday which was sufficient to see the city which is compact, fit in a visit to a
magnificent 25Km stretch of Baltic beach only a thirty minute train ride away….. and run the marathon. The temperature did not
dip below 26 degrees all the time we were in Riga. It is not clear how typical such temperatures are but for a marathon that
started at high noon the weather was not ideal.
The marathon started at the Freedom Monument on the edge of Riga‟s old town. As the sun beat mercilessly down I took
refuge in the shade of the trees and watched the guardsmen stretch their muscles in a carefully choreographed slow goose step
routine. I remember feeling sorry for them thinking how warm it was and how uncomfortable they must have been in their
uniforms. I put my kit on the single bus that served both as a baggage bus for the marathon and the so-called “satellite” 5Km
run, and changing room for the masses. I managed to chat to the other three Brits who were running. They all had much greater
ambitions than me. I was still carrying an injury and my preoccupation was to finish within the 5 hour time-limit which, I
understood was strictly enforced, confirmed by the previous year‟s results.
After a rousing speech in Latvian by the starter, who was wearing a number for the 5Km run that would start a quarter of an
hour later, we set off in the sunshine away from the old town, through the suburbs heading into the countryside. The shade of
the buildings was welcome but the city streets were absolutely deserted. Certainly, there were no spectators. The 5Km water
stop was well served and welcome. By 8Km we were in a park that reminded me very much of Battersea Park when the funfair
was still operating. I must have run a few extra metres to avoid the kids in their giant go-karts and strolling families with their
dogs and ice creams. I was near the back of the field and anxious not to lose sight of the Finnish couple up ahead for fear of
taking a wrong turn so I was forced to run a little faster than I wanted. The 10Km water stop was an absolute disaster; there
was no water only warm sweetened tea. There must have been at least four or five spoonfuls of sugar in the cup I was given.
Now, a granule of sugar in tea makes me physically sick so I quickly spat out the obnoxious liquid and carried on.
From just after 10Km the course was fairly rural along tree-lined roads with not too much traffic. But the 15Km, 20Km, 25K and
30Km “water-stops” had run out of water (and tea) by the time I reached them. They were manned by teenagers, sat on the
roadside, who simply shrugged their shoulders and explained that the water had run out. It never occurred to any of them that
they should try to replenish their stock. I kept thinking that the route would come back into town and that I would be able to buy
a bottle of water in a shop. But it never did. I was grateful for the bottle of water I was given at the 35Km mark, literally an oasis
in the desert!
By now dehydration had taken its toll, and I was fully spent, but I soldiered on still hopeful that I could dip under 5 hours. The
last 10Km was through the housing suburbs of Riga along a dual carriageway that had been sectioned off. It was agonising, but
gradually the Kilometres passed by, and I found myself at the 41Km mark 7 minutes short of five hours. I would love to report an
outstanding feat of bravery and endurance and how I managed to beat the clock but alas, no. I managed to stagger home in a
time just over 5 hours 02 minutes. All the time I was thinking of how I would be disqualified because of the time limit and how I
would demand justice and be given some allowance for the water situation. I need not have worried, the finish gantry was still
intact, and a group of exuberant youngsters cheered me over the line. I received a medal and appeared in the results, albeit 2
minutes quicker than I had actually achieved.
I felt the organisers missed a trick by finishing the race outside the Daugava Stadium but I was glad at the time not to have to
run round the track. The final straw was to be greeted by Mary with the same “marathon” medal round her neck as I had been
given – and she had run only 5Km!
So, can I recommend the Riga Marathon? Well, no. But Riga is a lovely city to visit and it is such a pity to go all that way and
not run. It seems inconceivable that the organisers will make the same mistake again over water, especially if there is a repeat
of the heatwave that this year‟s runners had to endure. Finally, I should, in fairness, point out that I was running near the back
of the field and runners further up the field clearly had little concern for those coming after them.
Just for the record the race was won by the Latvian runner Vjaeeslavs Bambans in an official time of 2 hours 45 minutes
58seconds. The first lady was the Estonian Kaja Mulla in 3 hours 11 minutes 09seconds and the Brits in order were:
Tim Boone (24 ) 3:20:04
Andrew Stiles (101 ) 4:11:33
Kristina Stiles (102 ) 4:11:33, and
Peter Burns (152 ) 5:00:42
158 runners completed the course with the last runner crossing the line in a time of 5 hours 21 minutes 33 seconds.
Peach City Marathon, Penticton, Canada: 22 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
Roger Biggs and I flew into Seattle on the 20 and were collected from the airport by Bob and Lenore Dolphin (Race Directors
of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon and founders of the American 100 Marathon Club). We stayed overnight at their house in
Renton and then the next day drove around 340 miles to Penticton and the Empire Motel. We dropped off our bags and headed
downtown to pick up our race packets, and make our first new friend of the trip, Stephen Fu from Marathon Maniacs. Everybody
in Penticton appears to be involved in outdoor pursuits with running, swimming, boating, riding and cycling available in the
Summer and skiing in the Winter.
The race started at 7.15am in Main Street, Penticton and we proceeded out of the town and along the shores of scenic Lake
Skaha, which is overshadowed on both sides by the Cascade Mountains. The first part of the route was fairly flat. It was sunny,
but there was a strong headwind and a series of hills started at around 7.5 miles and continued through to around 21 miles. The
finish was at Skaha beach. The views were tremendous and I saw a number of deer in the fields. Our friends, Tim, Alison and
Caitlin Doyle (who moved from Edinburgh to Penticton last year) provided enthusiastic encouragement at various locations
around the course. They were joined at the finish line by Roger‟s friend Peter (he moved to Canada 18 years ago) to encourage
us as we finished. Out of 144 runners I was 45 in 3.48.49 and Roger was 53 in 3.52.58. Bob was struggling with an injury and
finished in 5.46.44.
We spent the following day visiting Peter in Kelowna, before returning to Penticton for an evening meal and celebratory drinks at
Tim and Alison‟s. We were joined by Irv and Lyn Wood at Tim‟s. (According to Roger‟s cousin Lyn of Penticton, the last time
they met was 53 years ago!!)
We returned to Seattle on the Tuesday via the Grand Coulee Dam and spent the next day relaxing with some shopping and
Roger, Jack & Bob Dolphin prior to Peach City Roger & Jack post POW
Prince of Wales Island Marathon, Alaska, USA: 28 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
Early on the Thursday morning we met up with Bruce Katter (who we stayed with on our previous visit to Seattle) and the 5 of us
flew from Seattle to Ketchikan in Alaska. We joined the tourists (Ketchikan is a main destination for cruise ships) for a few hours
before heading back to catch the ferry to Prince of Wales Island. As departure loomed, an anxious Lenore and Roger waited at
the stern of the ship for Lenore‟s good friends Ed & Lois Driver to arrive. They arrived and we had two more American friends.
Our party now stood at 7, but became 9 as we docked in Hollis on the remote Prince of Wales Island to be met by Dave
“Roadkill” Johnson and Austrian Helmut Linzbichler. It was Dave who had arranged our accommodation in the small town of
Craig and organised a hire vehicle for us, while Helmut (a Ski Instructor in Michigan) was staying with Dave for the marathon as
part of his mission to run in all 50 States.
From the moment we arrived we felt like royalty. Craig is a small town in a spectacular coastal setting. We saw black-tailed deer
and there were numerous bald eagles around the town, although we didn‟t encounter any of the island‟s large black bear
population. Everybody we met was exceptionally friendly and the whole community had got together to support this race.
Because the event is small and the location is remote, everybody receives special treatment and the islanders seem particularly
appreciative of competitors who have travelled some distance to get to their race. At the pre-race pasta party Priscilla Welch (a
former British Olympic marathoner and a world master‟s record holder) gave a lively and entertaining talk. The European
competitors comprised the 2 of us from England and new friend Helmut.
The marathon the next morning started near Hollis, proceeded through forest and mountain passes and then ran alongside
Klawock Lake before joining the sea-shores of the Inside Passage. We were blessed with a sunny day and the scenery was
truly breathtaking. The course itself was undulating and fairly testing, but the views at every location more than made up for this.
24 of us ran the full marathon, but there were also plenty of relay teams. We also received enthusiastic support from the
numerous volunteers at the drink stations. I finished 6 overall in 3.48.35 with Roger just 2 places behind in 3:55:48, having
overtaken Helmut with the finish line in sight.
The Race Director, Doug Rhodes, despite the small field had laid on 14 drink stations, all with a sports drink, some with food,
and some of the best finish line snacks you will ever see!
At the post race presentation numerous prizes were given to both runners and volunteers, while each marathon finisher was
called up to receive his/her medal. Then followed a jamming session from local musicians for which Bruce joined in, as we tried
to empty the barrel of beer that had appeared!
The following day one of the islanders had volunteered to take us out whale watching on his boat. Not only did we see
humpback whales, but also numerous sea-lions and sea-otters. In the evening Dave had invited us round to his house for a
farewell meal. These were examples of the true generosity and hospitality of the residents of Craig. For those who relish a taste
of adventure this is definitely a marathon experience worth sampling and I was sorry that we were not able to stay for longer.
Footnote by Roger Biggs : Bob & Lenore Dolphin were hosts throughout this trip with us staying in their Renton home on 3
different occasions, plus numerous miles in their Ford. They are tremendously enthusiastic people, who as previously
mentioned, organise the Yakima River Canyon Marathon on the Eastside of the Cascades in Washington State. If you like the
really big marathons, then ok, you better take yourself off to New York, Boston or Chicago. However if you like a smaller field
(up to 400) and a friendly local atmosphere, then make your way to Yakima on the first Saturday of April.
Drammen Marathon, Norway, 3 September 2005 by Peter Burns
So, with a twelve-week lay-off and only twenty days actual running behind me, not to mention a weight gain of nearly two
stones, I toed the start line with some trepidation. I didn‟t believe Tad when he said he was in a worse state of preparation than
myself but he did look to be well over his normal fighting weight! We didn‟t recognise any Norwegian runners but the much-
travelled Gunars Akerbergs from Latvia who was running, greeted us as we lined up. As Following a running free summer, in my
case for medical reasons, in Tad‟s case because he had to entertain relatives from Poland, it was time to get out the running
shoes again and find a friendly marathon. Drammen in Norway seemed a reasonable choice - a flat two-lap course up, down
and over the Oslo Fjord and accommodating slow runners, as we would surely be! A further attraction was that it was the
thirtieth anniversary of the event in the small town twenty-five miles from Oslo and a free commemorative sweatshirt was on
offer for the first 200 entries.
The website was entirely in Norwegian but we were able to manage with assistance from a very helpful organiser, Tor Lau. The
cost of entry was a prohibitively expensive £42, which provided a medal, and a certificate giving accurate Kilometre-by-
Kilometre timings and placings. (Not much less expensive for the Half Marathon at £36.)
seems to be the case with all Scandinavian marathons the sun shone brightly for a 12.15pm start, quarter of an hour after the
half-marathon runners had set off. My wife Mary was running the half but there was little prospect of our catching her with a
The race started in the picturesque rectangular market square of Drammen claimed by the locals to be the biggest “of its kind” in
Europe. Big as it was I doubted that particular claim! Thankfully, the course was flat but we weren‟t fast, perhaps slowed down
by the piece of GPS technology that was affixed to the back of our numbers. There was a magic box and aerial at each
Kilometre to take a reading. The water stops, at five Kilometre intervals, were well stocked and served. There was little traffic but
we had to weave in and out of people on the bridge as we completed each circuit. There were few spectators around the course
except in the square itself.
Results were produced in terms of age groups, but only in the case of those who paid for the service was an overall placing
given. Nor was it helpful that individual and relay marathon finishers were not separated. I have however managed to work out
that the Norwegian runner Helge Hafsas won the marathon in a time of 2:38:23. The first lady was Camilla Grieg in 3:11:47. I
finished in 120th position in 4:49:14, Tad was 122nd in 4:50:59, and Gunars 123rd in 4:54:47 (all times and placings from the
gun). There were 134 finishers, the last crossing the line in 5:46:15. Mary ran the half marathon in 2:18:09, 373 out of 387
We travelled to Drammen by Ryanair, which flies from Stansted to Torp. The airport bus to Oslo stops at Drammen, an hour‟s
journey. Oslo is a further forty minutes away. There is also a frequent train service from Oslo Central Station to Drammen, which
takes around half an hour. There are other places on the Fjord where you can stay. Mary and I stayed at Sandvika which was
very peaceful and scenic (including the sight of nude bathers on the traffic free island where the hotel recommended we went
for a jog!)
Drammen, itself, is a quiet sleepy town with good eating and drinking places. There are a number of steep walking paths up
Spiralen, the wooded area behind the town. Your climb is rewarded with a magnificent view over the fjord, all the better sitting
outside the café with a plate of prawns and a beer. The downside has to be the price of everything in Norway. Food, drink and
internal travel are all massively expensive. The prawns and beer I mention would have set you back £20! If your pocket can
stand it the run is enjoyable and worth doing. It is well organised and, with the right preparation, (not something on which Tad or
I can advise) affords the possibility of a p.b.
Moscow International Peace Marathon, Russia, 1 September 2005 by Don Taylor
Bruce MacFarlane and I ran the 2005 International Peace Marathon on 1 Sept.
Ever pray for rain on marathon day?
Well after a week of blistering sun in Moscow with temperatures way above normal for September and with the race Start
scheduled for 12 noon (yes, 12 noon!) we got our wish on race day.
As I left my hotel for the 15 minute run to Red Square the heavens opened and it poured. The start was in front of St. Basil's
Cathedral and by the time I got to that cobbled-stone square some of the streets were running like rivers and at each step the
water oozed out of my shoes so I must have been carrying a couple of kgs of water in shoes and clothing alone - but the dark
skies inspired me.
The course crossed the Moscow River once then back to the Kremlin side - by then the downpour had become a fine drizzle
and temperatures dropped to the point where it was pleasantly cool even cold at times with a breeze blowing off the river in fact
I saw a couple of runners actually wearing gloves.
The remaining 30 kms or so consisted of 3 laps along the north bank of the Moscow River on an avenue which was closed to
traffic so the 1500 runners (37 nationalities) plus 1500 10k runners had plenty of room to run and socialize.....but I saw very few
women in the race,
Yes, it was a different marathon. The only toilets to be seen were at the Start/Finish but that was not a problem because there
were a couple of construction sites along the river bank and although it was a bit of a hassle breaking thru the fence each had a
Portajohn sitting there moreover there were some picturesque gardens along the avenue landscaped with trees and bushes
probably not for the convenience of runners but definitely useful on that cool day.
No Power drinks at the aid stations either (the Russians don't bother with that sissy stuff) but plenty of bottled water and at each
table the traditional black bread with a salt dip. I must have been really sodium-deficient because I gorged on it !
No timers on the course either - just one at the 42.195 Finish but again - no problem.
The multi-lap course took us past the Kremlin and its clocks four times which gave us the time of day and splits if you were'nt
picky about a minute or two either way and assuming you were not brain dead at that point moreover the clocks chimed out the
hour and each quarter hour which is something our official race-timing digitals don't do. Right?
Plenty of drinks and refreshments at the Finish, with a free massage plus the usual T shirt and medal.
I forgot to mention the pasta dinner the night before. Actually there was not much pasta at all. Basically it was a courteously-
served 3-course banquet with beer and juices while a singing dance troupe entertained us - a pretty good show overall.
The results were not available in the Moscow papers the next day and in any event we departed that morning for Washington
Aeroflot decided to fly us to New York instead (no explanation given) but again - no problem.
We run marathons for the challenge don't we so a few inconveniences to, from and during an event make it more appealing.
Yes, I'd run it again.
11. Readers’ Letters
Please write! We want your views and comments! Is there anyone out there?
12. Club Kit by Dave Major
Kit sales have gone well with most new members either purchasing the Vest or T-Shirt or even both. Time has come to expand
the range but as stock costs money and with that stock which is not sold leaves a large hole in the club finances, all new items
will be subject to a “an appeal test” prior to being offered as part of the range.
I have placed a small order for sweatshirts as the winter running season looms and I am also assessing the “trackster” options
along with a decent jacket. Unfortunately in the case of the jacket the price is substantial and therefore I need to be sure that
the quality and the appeal by members are matched. This has not been the case in my opinion but I am still pursuing this. In fact
if I wouldn‟t pay for one myself, I feel reluctant in purchasing on behalf of the club and trying to sell to other members.
Current range will therefore continue to be:
Short Sleeved T-shirts (Technical Fabric) £15.00
Vest (Technical Fabric) £15.00
From Late November:
Sweatshirt prices TBC.
Please add £1 for each order if postage is required.
On most Vest and T-shirt orders the club has subsidised the purchase of these to some level. Obviously at some point we need
to ensure that this is balanced and therefore other garments will have a slight surplus to rectify the differences.
I will be at Snowdonia later this month and at the big bash in Calvia with stock. If you want to ensure I have what you want to
purchase at these events or are unable to make these then please contact me at email@example.com as there maybe
alternatives ways of you purchasing.