12 marathons in 12 months in 2020

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What

  • 12 marathons in the 12 consecutive months of 2020 with 100km and 100mile ultras thrown in
  • 422mi / 680km of racing distance
  • A personal challenge, a big one!
  • Raise £3000 for Mind
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of running for both physical and mental health
  • The why has several parts to it, more on that here…

After completing 365 runs in 365 days in 2019 (including 2 marathons and 2 ultras) I feel prepared and ready to ‘level-up’ for this one! Please support if you can with a donation to Mind.

01
26.2mi
Gloucester
03:53:25
02
28.6mi
Northumberland
05:15:57
03
26.2mi
Sussex
05:41:56
04
26.2mi
TBD
05
100km
Lon2Bri
06
28mi
Black Mtns
07
26.2mi
NDW
08
100mi
NDW
09
TBD
10
26.2
London
11
TBD
12
TBD

Timeline

2020
January 19

#1 Gloucester – Marathon

February 22

#2 Northumberland – Trail Marathon

March 15

#3 Sussex – Trail Marathon

April 11

#4 Banstead Woods Marathon

A “hand-rolled” home marathon – 17.5 laps of my local Parkrun course in Banstead woods – proving social distancing rules does not preclude it.

Banstead Woods parkrun

May 23

#5 London 2 Brighton – Trail 100km – CANCELLED

Another COVID-19 cancellation. Alternative TBD

June 20

#6 Welsh Black Mountains – Trail Marathon

The Course
Set at the wonderful Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre, Llanbedr, Wales, we are in the perfect place for trail running and our challenge will not let you down. Offering distances from 14K to the 50K Ultra Marathon there is a distance for everyone.

This is going to be one of our hardest and most scenic trail running challenge in Wales, depending on your distance you will be running high in the Black Mountains with breathtaking views all around.

#6 Black Mountains Marathon

Race Start – Sat 20 June, 08:30
Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre, Llanbedr, Wales, NP8 1SY

July 5

#7 North Downs Way – Trail Marathon

The Course
Two out-and-back legs from the Reigate Hill Car Park to Boxhill along the  North Downs Way trail. Lovely forested undulating trails all along the North Downs Way out towards the Betchworth Lime Quarry then onwards to the Boxhill lookout where the half marathon and marathon turnaround points will both be. 

#7 North Downs Way Marathon

Race start – Sun 5 July, 09:00
Start is in a small field close to the Reigate Hill Car Park

August 8

#8 North Downs Way – Trail 100mile

The Course
The NDW100 is a 100 mile continuous trail run along the north downs way. The course travels from Farnham in the surrey hills to ashford in Kent. Total climb of 10,000 feet. The final 25 miles see runners travel South East towards Dover running the majority on trails, paying brief visits to the villages of Detling, Hollingbourne, Harrietsham and Charing before dropping down into Ashford and the finish at the Julie Rose Stadium.

#8 North Downs Way 100 mile

Race Start – Sat 8 August, 06:00 
Race HQ is at Farnham Leisure Centre, Dogflud Way, Farnham, GU9 7UD. The race itself starts at the trail head of the North Downs Way.

September 20

#9 TBD

Possibles:

October 4

London – Marathon

Postponed from April 26th

The Course

The London Marathon course is flat and fast. It starts in Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace.

London Marathon course map

Race Start – Sun 26 April, 10:00
Looks like It’ll be a blue start in 2020 as I’m running via my club.

October 18

#10 TBD

Possibles

October 25

#10 Barcelona – (provisional)

Barcelona was postponed due to COVID-19 🙁

The Course

This is the Zurich Marató Barcelona, one of the most attractive courses in Europe for its flat and fast circuit. Not to mention the agreeable weather, that is one of Barcelona’s marks, and the amazing landmarks the runners will pass by during the race, like Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló.

 

#3 Barcelona Marathon

Race Start – Sun 15 March, 08:30
Avinguda María Cristina.