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Four reasons to celebrate running on Friday

by editor
Friday 17th June 2016
There have been a few negative stories about running around of late, about who has or hasn’t done what. We like to celebrate the positive at Run247 so, to balance things out, we’d like to emphasise some really good news stories that have emerged this week. 
Endure 24

3000 runners too part in Endure24, near Reading, a 24 hour race which can be done as a team or solo. Do it as a team and enjoy a great weekend of camping, camaraderie and bacon sandwiches, with some running thrown in. Do it solo, push your boundaries beyond what you thought possible and earn the respect of all those around you (and eat a lot more bacon sandwiches). We had a Run247 team there in 2014 and I’d describe the experience and equal parts fun and chaos. We reported from the event again this year and interestingly, fairies were a theme both times. 

Peter Geoff

Among those 3000 runners were a couple of octogenarians: Peter (86), who ran 40 miles, and Geoff Jackson (85), who ran 35 miles. All you Endure runners, from 18 to 86, we salute you! 
Ed Whitlock
Staying on the inspirational octogenarian theme, Ed Whitlock, British born Canadian multiple world record holder, has been at it again. Not content with holding the age group records for most distances from 1500m to the marathon, he just broke the record for the fastest mile - 7 mins 18 seconds at age 85!  
Lindsy James

Another world record was broken by a Brit last week. Lindsy James set a new world record for running a half marathon pushing a pram (with her son in it). Lindsey ran the Derby Ramathon half marathon in a blistering 1.27.34. A super speedy half and surely her son (Archie, 8 and a half months) should be awarded the records for both fastest baby and sitting still for that long. 
Susie Chan
Lastly, Susie Chan, Run247 contributor survived the jungle and finished 3rd lady in the Beyond the Ultimate Jungle Ultra in Peru. Looking forward to reading her article about it, particularly the stuff involving snakes, frogs and insects. 

Susie Chan


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