London Marathon marks seven in a row for Outlaw marathon man
Created On: 15 April 2011
The Outlaw Triathlon's marathon man, Rik Vercoe, has completed
six of the thirty consecutive weekly marathons that he's aiming to
achieve this year, and is preparing for the big one, the Virgin
London Marathon, this weekend.
His run as part of a relay at the Outlaw Triathlon on 24 July
will represent marathon number 21, and he's aiming to complete it
in under three hours thirty minutes - all to mark the 30th
anniversary of his chosen charity, the Elizabeth Foundation for
His challenge started on 6 March with the Steyning Stinger
Marathon along the South Downs in West Sussex. He said: "It's
called the 'Stinger' for the four stinging hills that this tough
cross-country course takes the unsuspecting runner over. For
me, this course was to have a fifth sting in store, as a wrong turn
near mile 20, saw me generously add an extra 2 miles to the
His result was 40th place overall and a 3hour 45
finishing time - his slowest time to date. He also picked up a
tight left calf, a large blister and loose toenails. Five more
events later, his fastest effort to date was at the Cotswold
Marathon on 20 March - 3:14:30, and his feet and calves are holding
Rik will complete his seventh marathon this weekend in London.
He said: "I can't wait; I hope it turns out to be a good one!
"London is how it all started for me, back in 1981 when I saw
the first ever London Marathon on TV. Right there and then I
pledged that one day I would run a marathon. Little did I
know that 30 years later I would be running the London marathon as
just one of many! "
Outlaw sponsors, Compressport, have stepped in to provide some
help for Rik's tight calves - a pair of calf guards are on their
way to his home in Surrey and he's been invited to join 'Team
Compressport' to ensure that he makes it all the way to his final
race in the New Forest on 25 September.
Tim Williams from Compressport said: "Recovery between races
needs to be really fast so Rik can keep bouncing back for the next
one. The Compressport gear will help him recover more quickly by
boosting oxygenation to the muscles."
Rik will race the Outlaw with friends Malik Chibah, who will do
the 2.4mile swim, and David Anderson who will ride the 112mile
course around the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside. He said:
"Hopefully we will all go on to do full Ironmans in the
Please support Rik on http://www.justgiving.com/30Marathons.
The Outlaw recently won 220 Triathlon's Event of the Year.
It will take place on 24 July at the Holme Pierrepont National
Watersports Centre in Nottingham. Individual and relay entries are
available on http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk.
Rik's Races so far...
- 6 March, Steyning Stinger Marathon, 3:45:36
- 13 March, Bedford Clanger Marathon, 3:42:52
- 20 March, Cotswold Marathon, 3:14:30
- 27 March, Brighton Trail Marathon, 3:39:12
- 3 April, Sussex Marathon, 3:32:36
- 10 April, Great Welsh Marathon, 3:25:40