The longer distances and more extreme stuff started back in 2010, not long before Louise and Rik Vercoe got married. In April of that year Rik ran in the North Pole Marathon and somehow managed to finish 2nd out of 25 competitors from 10 different countries.
Then in 2011 things began to get out of hand, when after a conversation at work Rik decided to try and run 30 marathons in 30 weeks to raise money for the Elizabeth Foundation, a charity who were celebrating their 30th anniversary – well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
This rapidly escalated to more than a marathon a week for the year and ended up with 54 marathons run in 2011 followed by another 56 marathons in 2012.
Then 2013 happened, pretty much by mistake…………….. 152 marathons in 365 days with some OK results and a couple of records to boot…..
April – Rik ran in the Marathon Des Sables (MDS), finishing 39th out of 1024 starters and earning their elite status.
In May winning the Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 days, followed by another win in July at the inaugural Irish 10 marathons in 10 days event.
Then in December the year was finished with back-to-back 7 marathon in 7 days events in Long Beach California, where the icing on the cake was breaking the existing 10 marathons in 10 days Guinness World Record, on days 5 to 14, running 7 sub 3 hour marathons and setting an average time of 2:59:30 for each of the 10 marathons, the first ever sub 30 hour aggregate time.