Steve is doing something rather special. He’s running 850 miles in just six months for Macmillan – the same as the distance between Paris and Loch Ness.
And if this wasn’t enough, he ran a half marathon and full marathon on one day, which followed a 5k and 10k the day before. We caught up with him to hear his story.
Steve, can you tell us about your challenge?
‘I lost my dad to oesophageal cancer last year and he inspired me to take up running when I was younger, so I’m doing this in his memory. I started at the Paris marathon in April and will finish at the Loch Ness marathon in September. In between, I also ran four different races in one weekend at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.’
What’s it like running 39 miles on one day?
‘It’s hard. There were two hours between the start of the half marathon and full marathon in Edinburgh, so I had to complete the half in 90 minutes. One of my friends then picked me up on their motorbike and drove me back to the start line.
‘On the way, we hit traffic and every light was red. I got back just as the official was about to take away the timing mats from the start line. I jumped off the bike and sprinted 300 metres to get there – it was skin of the teeth stuff.’
What did you feel after the Edinburgh marathon?
‘Elation. Total elation. Another feeling was relief. That it was over. That I didn’t have to run anymore. It took me a while to get my head around the size of what I’d achieved.
‘Every time I finish a race, I thank my dad. That’s basically what I did crossing the line in Edinburgh. My dad would’ve thought I was mad but I know that he would’ve been really happy.’
Would you like to say a bit about your dad?
‘My dad was a strong, happy man who enjoyed life and took everything in his stride. Macmillan was very supportive of him and helped make a difference through his short journey. Because of that, I wanted to give back.’
What would your tip for other runners be?
‘Everything is possible – if you can dream it, you can do it.’
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