Marcus Weedon - Maximum Mileage Athlete - His running year in numbers!

January 4, 2023

Marcus Weedon

2022 WOW it was bursting with so many PB’s.

Normally my annual running write up is highlighting that I continue to run further and further each year and for the first time in the last 8 years there hasn’t been an increase, in fact I’m 800km less of running compared to last year.

This has been due to dialling right back the training thanks to @runwithnick who has guided me over the last year or so to some incredible achievements, notably running the Ultra Marathon (Run to the Sea) 50k.

Notably because I hadn’t ran a race of more than 30k since the last Marathon ran back in 2013 where by I declared after running that last Marathon that I would never run one again.

Nick got me to the end of this race thanks to his relentless and hard training plan, which worked and got me home in 4 hours 20 mins, the best thing about this race was pacing it comfortable and getting through the Marathon split 30 mins faster than my previous attempts and feeling very comfortable but nowhere near as painful. My first attempt and last at an Ultra wasn’t that shabby I think, and it was certainly helped by having amazing views all the way round.

So here are those other PB's

Official Races

100m – 13.9 secs(-1.4 secs) Battersea Park – Southern Counties Vets League

400m – 64.7 secs(-0.7 secs) Battersea Park – Southern Counties Vets League

800m – 2.28 mins(-0.5 secs) Hillingdon – Southern Counties Vets League

10k – 39.17 mins(-14 secs) Vitality London 10,000    

Unofficial Races

400m - 63.5 secs(-1.9 secs) Harrow Hill School Track – Metros Olympics

5k – 18.19 mins(2 secs) Harrow Hill School Track – Metros 5k Competition

Field Events

High Jump – 1.45m(Equalled) Perivale – Southern Counties Vets League

Long Jump – 4.17m(+32cm) Perivale – Southern Counties Vets League

Triple Jump –9.44m (+45cm) Hillingdon – Southern Counties Vets League

The Highs of 2022– Definitely finishing the Ultra, giving me so much confidence in believing that I can run long distance (but running slower) with the correct training structure. To complete the Ultra was way beyond what I expected by body to be able to do and I can thank Nick enough for guiding me to that finish line.

And another year injury free, however the AS is playing up more than previous years and already have a plan to get back on top of the aches and pains currently hindering my route back to the 5k race pace I was doing this time last year.

I have also ran for the 2nd year the new Virtual Charity event for @only_a_pavement_away #48hrrelay and raising money for them with the amazing @harri_uk  team - this event is happening again in 2023 🙌🙌

The Lows – Can’t think of any to be honest apart from not doing enough races.

So, 2023 looks like it will jam packed as I have already booked some HM and Marathon races early in the year, then there’s the usual, Summer League and Vets League events, plus our clubs Marathon Week which I haven't done before – it’s gearing up to be another busy one and finger crossed there will be even further PB's

I move into also move into a new age group as well thanks to turning 50 early in the year, so that is going to help with age grading and some potential club records being broken.

2023 I’m so looking forward to you and looking forward to working with Nick in being an even better runner!!! 

Happy running!

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