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14 questions to ask a 871 marathon runner

I know somebody who’s run 871 marathons (as of 16th February 2017) and that person’s my dad Roger. He’s been doing this week in, week out since the mid 80s, so I’ve grown up thinking that running a marathon most weekends is a perfectly normal thing for a dad to do; no different to other fathers playing a round of golf every Sunday morning. However I’m assuming a lot of people might suggest running 1 marathon, let alone 871 is actually a completely ABNORMAL thing to be doing! 🙂

Marathon runner Roger Biggs

Marathon runner Roger Biggs celebrating his 800th marathin in Pisa

My friend Virginia wrote a post about inspiring individuals back in 2015, asking him some questions on his achievements so I wanted to ask him 14 different questions this time round: Continue reading

26.2 tips for running the New York City marathon

There are the “big six” marathons and the New York City marathon is one of them! 🙂 London, Berlin, Chicago, Boston and Tokyo being the others.

It’s a prestigious event and if it’s on your “bucket list” it’s a monumental one to tick off. Of course if you haven’t already been to NYC already it ticks that one off the list too!

Find the winners' rostrum and get your own Facebook cover photo :)

Find the winners’ rostrum and get a new Facebook cover photo 🙂

There’s an international ballot which makes it slightly easier to get in as a foreigner. I’ve run it twice now, 2013 and 2014. Both times for maternal health charity ‘Every Mother Counts’, once with one of their charity places and once an an International runner.

Read more about my first marathon running for TeamEMC. Continue reading

Running the New York City marathon with a supermodel

Last year I ran the New York City Marathon … and thanks to social media, with a supermodel. It began back in 2012 when scrolling through my Twitter feed I saw that avid runner Christy Turlington Burns had tweeted about the London Marathon. We swapped a couple of messages, including one mentioning that my dad Roger had just run his 715th marathon (he’s currently on 792!)

Three months later and I meet Christy at a conference near where I work in Central London. I wander over to say “hello” and imagine my surprise when she actually remembers the Twitter conversation we’d had just a few months earlier. I guess hearing about someone running that many marathons is quite memorable. So we chat for 10 minutes during which time she asked whether I’d like to run for her ‘Every Mother Counts’ charity team (EMC) in the 2013 New York Marathon. After politely dismissing the idea, a few days later I think “why not”, send her team an email, get accepted, and I’m part of the team!

Central Park Training Run

Ending our 10 mile training run in Central Park – (image credit: Clancy)

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