Marathon man to reach 600 not out on home soil

ANNIVERSARY: Runners tackle last year's Halstead and Essex Marathon
ANNIVERSARY: Runners tackle last year's Halstead and Essex Marathon

Marathon man Andy Wilmot will run his 600th race at the distance on home soil in the Halstead and Essex Marathon on Sunday (10am).

The Halstead Road Runner — among the world’s top 100 for number of marathons completed — will reach the magic 600-marathon milestone on familiar territory, with the 20th running of the race starting from Halstead Leisure Centre.

As Wilmot prepares to clock up his sixth century, Halstead Road Runners chairman and race director Keith Thorogood hailed his impact on the club.

“Andy is an inspiration to us all,” he said. “None of us are ever going to experience what he has achieved.”

The veteran runner passed the 500-mark in 2010, with 
four off-road marathons in 
four days in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds, in September helping towards his monstrous tally.

A record number of 32 host club members will join more than 200 runners attempting to complete the 26.2-mile event in Halstead this weekend.

For more information about the race, contact Jim on 07921 312361 or Kathryn on 07867 618512.

You can enter in advance or on the day and a warm welcome will be assured.

Halstead Road Runners is a club for 16-year-olds and upwards, for people who want to run for pleasure in friendly company and those who want to train with a specific goal in mind.

Newmarket Jogger Denys Olefir won last year’s race in two hours 43 minutes 24 seconds.