Adam Holland breaks record for fastest ten marathons in ten days
3:35pm Mon Dec 05, 2016
Adam Holland broke a world record when he ran the fastest ten marathons in ten days.
Adam Holland broke a world record when he ran the fastest ten marathons in ten days.
A magnificent feat of running from Notfast's Adam Holland saw him break a world record at the Saxon Shore Marathon.
The 29-year-old, of Newark, recorded the fastest ten marathons in ten days with an overall time of 28hrs 37mins 19secs.

In doing so he became the first person in the world to complete the ten-day marathon challenge by running all ten races in under three hours.

He bettered the previous world record, held by Britain’s Rik Vercoe since 2013, by an astonishing 1hr 13mins.

The Saxon Shore Marathon event features ten marathons in ten days.

Holland said he had been overwhelmed by the messages of support he had received after completing the challenge.

“It was always going to be tough but I actually did a lot better than I imagined so that is really pleasing,” he said.

“I have received so many kind messages congratulating me since I completed the record that it’s really just been overwhelming.

“I’m just thankful to all the runners who helped me through the challenge and to Notfast for all they have done for me.

“Days three, nine and ten were the hardest because the wind was against me. There were a few times I thought I wouldn’t get under three hours.”

Holland has broken several records during his career.

In 2010, aged 23, he became the youngest person in Europe to complete 100 marathons — a record he still holds.

He is also a member of the 12-man team that holds the world record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill over 48 hours.

'Up there near the top of my best achievements'

The Saxon Shore events took place at various points on the Kent coast, including Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate and Folkestone.

He went into his final race, which started at Dymchurch, knowing that a time of less than 4hrs 14mins would confirm the world record time.

Although Holland struggled in the final few days with a troublesome ankle, he completed the final event in 2hrs 56mins 31secs — his tenth win in a row.

“I was confident going into the event because I always believed I was capable of running ten sub-three hours. It was nice to prove to myself I could,” he said.

“This has got to be up there near the top of my best achievements to date because no one else had done this before.

“Before the event I told myself I wouldn’t mind if someone else beat me in one of the race because my one aim was the record.”

Holland hopes to inspire local runners when he hosts his second Christmas Challenge at Newark Showground later this month.

The two-day event, on December 17 and 18, gives runners the option of running one to eight laps around a specially-designed course.

The distances increase from just over three miles to the full marathon length.

There is a time limit of six hours.

To sign up for the event visit the Christmas Challenge at Newark Showground page.

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