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					                                     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
      Membership Form

5. Club Statistics

6. Members in the News
    Mike Faraday awarded an MBE
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    Brian Mills 500 road Marathon (picture)
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    Warren D‟Rozario 100 Marathon (picture)

7. Club Competitions
     UK & Ireland Road Marathon Shield
     Photo of the Year

8. Forthcoming Events
     News
     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
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      Peach City Marathon, Penticton, Canada: 22 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
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      Prince of Wales Island Marathon, Alaska, USA: 28 May 2005 by Jack Brooks
      Drammen Marathon, Norway, 3 September 2005 by Peter Burns
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      Moscow International Peace Marathon, Russia, 1 Sept 2005 by Don Taylor

11. Readers‟ Letters

12. Club Kit




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                                             100 Marathon Club

                                         www.100marathonclub.org.uk

Club Committee:-
Roger Biggs – Chairman roger@thebiggs.net
Peter Graham – Secretary peter@grahams.co.uk
Tad Lancucki – Treasurer tad_sjl@yahoo.co.uk
Dave Major dave@lindahart.fsnet.co.uk
Merv Nutburn mervnutburn@o2.co.uk

Club Bank account:-
Alliance & Leicester Community Account No. 72-06-00 574245189

Club Magazine:-
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 .




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1. Editorial

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
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views need to be sent no later than 4 November 2005.
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Regarding the membership year the Committee will be proposing that the new membership year be extended to the 31
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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.

Peter Graham
Editor


2. Chairman’s Comments

Opening Gambit

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
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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.
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1 Claim/2        Claim

I just wanted to clarify something I said in the last newsletter. I quote:
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“The normally accepted rule is that you should run for your 1 claim club, unless including you, they cannot make up a team. In
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this scenario you can then run for your 2 claim club, and wear the kit of that club.”
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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!
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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!




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Website

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.

Contacts

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 - info@100marathonclub.org.uk
Members Broadcast Messages - mail@100marathonclub.org.uk
Members race results - results@100marathonclub.org.uk
Order Club Kit - kit@100marathonclub.org.uk
Interested in a trip! - trips@100marathonclub.org.uk
Photos for the Photo gallery - photo@100marathonclub.org.uk

Roger Biggs
Chairman 100 Marathon Club




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3. Minutes of Meetings

                                   Minutes of the100 Marathon Club Committee meeting
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                               Held on 27 June 2005 at the Crosse Keys, London EC3V 0DR

1)   Apologies for Absence: All Committee Members were present.
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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
     Newsletter.

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
     included.

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.
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11) The next meeting date will be either 12 or 19 of September.

12) The meeting closed at 9.45PM.

 Peter Graham
 Secretary 100 Marathon Club




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Appendix 1

    INCOME &
    EXPENDITURE
                                                                            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
                                                       Loans                                           -£885.00

                 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
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        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
                  Wannabes
          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
Full Name:
Date of Birth:
Address:
Telephone Number:
E-mail:
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.




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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
                                                          Ultras                    Incl.
                                      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
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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




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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
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completing 500 road marathons. Longford, August 2005.                             pictured completing his 100 marathon.




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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
following marathons.

  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.




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8. Forthcoming Events by Roger Biggs

News
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1) ENTRIES CLOSED! Abingdon Marathon on 16 October has reached it‟s entry limit!
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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.9                                                CARDIFF.
     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.23                                               London.
     Apr.30                                               Neolithic (MT), Three Forts (MT/F).
     Jun.4                                                Blackpool
     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).
2006
Mar.8           100km Del Sahara (F/Tunisia).
May. 6          Ridgeway 40m (TR/ldwa)




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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 trips@100marathonclub.org.uk , although subsequent emails will be to/from the
individual co-ordinator.

a) Sunday, 13Nov05 – Marathon Kasterlee (Belgium) http://www.marathonkasterlee.be/
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Departing by Eurostar from Waterloo on Saturday Nov 12 at 08:39 to Brussels and onward train to Geel:
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Returning approx 22:00 on Sunday Nov 13 .

Entries now closed! Contact: Dave Major on trips@100marathonclub.org.uk




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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 trips@100marathonclub.org.uk

c) Sunday, 15Jan06 Louis Peerson Memorial Marathon (Genk, Belgium) http://www.lpm-marathon.be/
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Departing by Eurostar from Waterloo on Saturday Jan 14 at approx 08:30 to Brussels and onward train to Genk.
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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 trips@100marathonclub.org.uk

d) Sunday, 30Apr06 Madrid Marathon (Spain) http://www.maratonmadrid.org/

Details to follow

Contact: Dave Major on trips@100marathonclub.org.uk

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 trips@100marathonclub.org.uk




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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 trips@100marathonclub.org.uk

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


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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

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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
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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
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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
Vavilov.

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
6:08:40.

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.




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                                            King George Island – Antarctica Marathon
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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
this point.

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.
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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:
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Tim Boone (24 )          3:20:04
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Andrew Stiles (101 ) 4:11:33
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Kristina Stiles (102 ) 4:11:33, and
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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.


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Peach City Marathon, Penticton, Canada: 22                  May 2005 by Jack Brooks
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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
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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.



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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
sightseeing.




      Roger, Jack & Bob Dolphin prior to Peach City               Roger & Jack post POW

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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
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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.




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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
fifteen-minute start.

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
finishers.

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.


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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.
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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
DC....correction...New York!
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 kit@100marathonclub.org.uk as there maybe
alternatives ways of you purchasing.




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