About the runners

Jamie has run the London Marathon three times and the New York and Brighton Marathons once.  He has also, with Darren, ran the Comrades Marathon (an up-hill 56 mile run in South Africa) which was definitely the most challenging thing he has done to date and clearly, like child birth, has forgotten all the pain and distress and only remembers great things about it.  This is why he came up with this latest daft idea.  He dropped a text to David and Darren hoping that they would make him see sense, but instead they said “yes”.

Steve (Jamie’s mate) After a couple of beers Steve is quick to tell you how he won his school’s U14 all round athlete award and was school cross country champion, however he fails to tell you that he went to a small school with just 200 boys. A few years back Steve entered the world of triathlons, stepping up in distance each year, until in 2010 when he completed an Ironman. Having taken a respite in 2011, Steve was persuaded by Jamie to join his foolhardy venture, despite having never run a full marathon in its own right. Favourite thing about running – the clothing. Hates about running – other runners who wear ‘rubbish’ clothing.

David first got the running bug when he had his arm twisted to enter a charity team in the 2005 London Marathon. After a reasonable amount of training and new found love of over-eating carbs he managed a pleasing 3:29 time on the day. After a spell doing things like John ‘O’ Groats to Lands end cycle challenge and triathlons, over the last couple of years he has mostly been trying in vain to beat 1:20 for a half marathon. He is secretly loving every second of this ultra-marathon challenge as this is genuine training for the something stoopid like Marathon De Sables which he hopes to persuade the boys to do one year soon.

Some people were born to run. James was born with a penchent for fags, booze and fatty food. Three years ago, a fitness challenge changed his life: he dropped almost two stones, became a gym bunny and eventually qualified as a gym instructor and is now training to be a PT. Last year he embarked on a challenge to run at least three miles a day every day for a year and ended up doing the Brighton Marathon (3.45) and three halves along the way – eventually averaging five miles a day. He still doesn’t consider himself a natural runner but is a bloody-minded sod, so he tends to plough on, even when his legs are screaming for him to stop – if David is the rabbit, James is a tortoise!

Darren was a keen cyclist in his Scottish youth but on moving saff and starting work quickly discovered that cycling training simply takes up too much time.   Made the switch to running and truly caught the bug after posting a 1:32:04 at the Fleet Half in 1997. This remains a PB, but one day I WILL break that 1:30 barrier! The 1999 New York marathon was an awesome experience only topped by Comrades in 2006 and Luton in December 2005.

Mike was born in a small tribal village on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he spent most of his youth running ultra-marathons. At age 12 he broke the 3 hour marathon pace.  Paula Radcliffe once was quoted saying “I’ve never seen something so inhuman before…especially from an American.” Years later he woke up realizing none of this was true and that he was just like any other lazy American. Back in August of 2010, he was having a proper drinking session on a Friday night with one of his good friends. They both noted to go for a light swim the next morning. Waking up the next morning with a massive hangover he received a SMS from his friend telling him to prepare for a self-made half-triathlon. In his (still) drunken stupor he shook it off as nothing and decided to do it. They went on to do a 1.1 mile swim, 13 mile stationary bike, and 6.5 mile run. A quick Google search after the event and the boys quickly realized they had just come 11 biking miles short of doing a full Olympic triathlon. Oops! Since then Mike has been on a beaten path to push his body to the limit. While running one afternoon in Hyde Park he decided randomly to do a 14mi run. Shortly after this run – still jacked up on endorphins – he pledged to David and the crew to join the double-marathon portion of the charity run. Mike currently serves a Principal Consultant in the SAP BI practice at Xoomworks in London.

Chevs is a finely tuned athlete. After leaving school in 1987 (where she was in the gym, netball and hockey squads and lived for sport and horse-riding) she then ceased aerobic activity altogether (other than the occasional ski trip) until in 2002, when she embarked on her fundraising/running career. This took the form of  ’26.2 miles over a few days’ challenge for Comic relief before then moving on to the real thing when she ‘ran’ the London Marathon in 2003. Having not learnt the first time she squeezed a couple of jogs in before doing it again in 2005 at the end of which she was heard to say “If you ever hear me saying the words ‘London Marathon’ again, you have permission to shoot me”.  Her enjoyment is found more in the fundraising challenge than the love of running, hence the crutches last time out, however not crossing the finishing line is NOT an option. Lifetime goal – to be able to run and talk at the same time.

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