This certainly has been a record year for breaking records! Adam Holland (29) was already one of the world’s most prolific marathon runners before he set about the record for running 10 marathons in 10 days at the Saxon Shore Marathon Series around the Kent coastline earlier this month.
Ultra-athlete Adam Holland, from Tavistock, who now lives in Newark and represents Notfast RC, smashed the world record and became the first person to complete the 10 in 10 marathon challenge by winning all his races in less than three hours for a total of 28hr37min19sec (2:51:44 average).
Adam bettered the previous world record, held by Britain’s Rik Vercoe since 2013, by an astonishing 1 hour and 13 minutes. This remarkable achievement is the last of a series of challenges in recent months aimed at promoting a wider participation in running, while at the same time supporting worthwhile causes locally, nationally and internationally.
10 years ago Adam had already run six marathons aged 19 and at 23 he became the youngest person in Europe to complete 100 marathons – a record he still holds. With numbers so important there was a pleasing symmetry in the date of his 100th marathon – 10/10/10!
Adam said he had been overwhelmed by messages of support received after completing the challenge. He added: “It was always going to be tough but I actually did a lot better than I imagined so that is really pleasing. There were a few times I thought I wouldn’t get under three hours. I’m just thankful to all the runners who helped me through the challenge and to Notfast for all they have done for me."
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