Kate Jayden challenged herself to complete the 2,620 mile challenge in just over three months. The current record for most consecutive marathons is 95 of the long-distance runs in 95 days
Image: Kate Jayden)
A British athlete has completed 100 marathons in 100 days, breaking the world record for most consecutive 26-mile runs.
Kate Jayden, 35, challenged herself to complete the 2,620-mile challenge in just over three months.
The current record for most consecutive marathons is 95 of the long-distance 95-day runs – but Kate surpassed that feat earlier this month when she surpassed her 96th day.
While securing the world record is an incredible achievement, that wasn’t Kate’s primary goal, who originally set out to run the route between the UK and Syria to raise awareness of the dangerous journey that everyone Day being undertaken by hundreds of refugees.
The passage between the city of Aleppo in northern Syria and Dover, Kent – the most common route for migrants traveling to the UK – is about 2569 miles long.
Kate used her skills as an endurance athlete to raise money for The Refugee Council by asking people to sponsor her for the distance.
But after realizing how close the journey was to 100 marathons in length, the Peak District compliance consultant decided she would try to beat the world record at the same time.
Kate said: “Every year I try to do something extraordinary to raise money for charity.
“I had planned to run the route from Aleppo to Dover to get people talking about refugees and their experiences, but then it dawned on me how close it was to running 100 marathons.
“It blew me away that I’ve achieved this now.
“I am absolutely blown away to have surpassed the world record.”
Kate began her challenge on New Year’s Eve last year – getting up at 4:30am every day to run a full marathon before commuting to Manchester, where she works.
She added: “For the first six weeks I ran 26 miles in the dark every day.
“I live in the Peak District so there’s no light pollution – it was literally pitch black – and the weather was really gloomy.”
Unfortunately, a little over a month into the challenge, Kate suffered a setback when she injured her knee.
Determined not to give up, she bought a treadmill and began walking the distance for six hours each day.
The extra time meant she couldn’t run the marathons before going to work in the mornings.
But Kate finished her 100th marathon on Sunday after completing the Brighton Marathon.
Crossing the finish line, the 35-year-old said: “I feel mostly geriatric.
“I was just overwhelmed. I feel very privileged to have been able to take this journey and so many people have come forward to say they have been inspired by it too.
“The mental strength and tenacity got me through and got me up again every day.
“My motto has always been, ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference’.”
Kate has now entered the Guinness World Records for most consecutive marathons run by one person.
The current record is held by US runner Alyssa Clark, who ran 95 marathons on 95 consecutive days.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-35-completes-100-marathons-26705656 Woman, 35, runs 100 marathons in 100 days, beating world record