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Neil had hoped to progress from injury and complete a local marathon in Worcesteshire in the summer but wasn't to be.  But when you're in your 70's if you're out running it's still a great achievement!

Mark has had a year plagued by injury - hobbling through the Champagne League (see Fiona Oakes for more info) and has pulled out of several races, including the RB Hull Marathon.  Instead he volunteered - a new experience at a marathon.  The good news is he has a good for age place in London next year so fingers crossed for a fitter 2017

Mark Dalton

Nancey has also upped her marathon numbers to 3 now having completed Bristol 2 Bath and Portsmouth Coastal in late 2015. Add on 3 half marathons, a 13.1 mile walk fir St Luke's Hospice (Plymouth) and at least  eight 10k's - in between all ending up on crutches and discovered she had shin splints andc couldn't run for 3 and half months. Picture after her first race post injury.

Anne was unable to run her inaugural marathon due to injury a month beforehand.  The good news is she "finally shifted the injury" and is getting out for a run every day. Anne has no races planned; just enjoying the fresh air, wildlife and views!

1 Year on
On 4th October 2015, 40 runners came together under the Team name 40-40-40 to run the Chester Marathon with a 41st in the metric Marathon.  A further 2 had to withdraw in the final month due to injury.
One year on, what's happened to the Team, given 9 were first timers, 2 more would have been whilst others were marathon connoisseurs. One thing is that over £20,000 was raised across 26 different charities, excluding Rob Young's figure of £64,000 (which was from a variety of things over a much bigger time period).
You can read about the day itself at : 40-40-40 - the Blog
So, in no particularly order, here we go.  Runner one, Lucas, has been excluded given his info is on the website!

Alex roommied with Danny in Chester and, likewise, hasn't been as active since,  However, he completed his first Tough Mudder (top centre in picture) - 9 miles with 20 obstacles and his partner, Joe has taken up running so they've been completing a number of Parkruns.  

Alex Cleeland

Anne O’Connell

Simon has been more regular  with his running since Chester having joined a running club, Somer AC, for the first time, which he says has been really positive.  He has done a number of 10K's, including Cheddar and Longleat.  In April he ran the ABP Southampton Half Marathon which ran through St Mary's Football Ground and had a free pint at the end and in September he ran the Winchester Half Marathon (pic).  

Chris (Nick's brother) has run various distances including the Bristol Half Marathon in just over 1 hour 28 mins  and with Lucas in the Frome Half Marathon in July (pictured) but no second marathon (yet).  he has competed in a number of cross country races with his employer, the MOD.

Chris Britton

Sam has been a face of Team 40-40-40 having made the Chester Marathon advert image in Runner's World magazine (top of page). She ran the London Marathon in April, a range of other local races and was awarded as the fastest Beverley AC female to run a marathon in 2015 (pictured receiving her prize).

Nick turned 40 not long after Chester but hasn't run a second marathon, with his focuses elsewhere this year.  He had hoped to run the Bristol Half Marathon as part of a family team to celebrate his Dad's 60th birthday this year but events led to other things.

Paul finished his college course and has recently started study a social work degree at Stirling University.  He also ran his first ultra marathon, the Glen Ogle 33 in November 2015. Marathon wise he has notched up two more in Barcelona and London but injury has prevented more.  other highlights though have included  the Snowdonia Trail Half and his10th consecutive Great North Run.

Dave also ran in the London Marathon - but due to injury was almost half an hour slower than Chester and was especially disappointed to be overtaken by a rhinoceros in the final hundred metres!  On the plus side over £2,500 raised for Yorkshire Cancer Research.  Dave has also cycled the Way of the Roses (pictured) with Fitmums Cycle Squad for Hull Homeless Community Partnership and has the Yorkshire Marathon coming up.

Dave Sunman

Emma completed a the Holkham Outlaw Half Ironman in 7hrs 55mins in July and, more recently, took part in the Icebug Challenge Ultra Marathon (picture) - a 3 day event of 75km trail running in Sweden which included a boat with goats.  To top tat off she'll be running the Great Eastern Half Marathon blind folded in October in aid of Peterborough Association for the Blind and Guide Dogs

Jon Sidebotham

Danny is awaiting to see if he's has got into the 2017 London Marathon and is also planning to try 5 back to back marathons.   He was injured during Chester but has now recovered and looks forward to raising more funds for charity in the near future

Andy is also off to Tromsø in January but in the meantime has been to Berlin to run the marathon in late September in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.  Andy has also run locally with Beverley AC and volunteered at this year's RB Hull Marathon.

Andy Grainger

Neil finally achieved a place in the London Marathon 2017 with a good for age qualifying time at the Manchester Marathon, (although this may have had as much to do with Neil moving up an age group as getting quicker he states!).  In June Neil ran from St Bees head on the West Coast to Robin Hoods Bay on the East in just over 3 days, raising over £1,800 for Macmillan in the process and followed up 2 weeks later by cycling from Seascale to Whitby in a day, both fantastic experiences!

Matt Masters

Chris Gibbons is training for the Amsterdam Marathon currently when he will raise funds for Bloodwise.  

Neil admits he has put weight on since Chester (a stone as shown in the picture!) and has only really run with Beverley AC on club nights.  He had been due to run the Hull Marathon but a lack of training put paid to that!  

Neil Bant

Matt has walked plenty since Chester but personal circumstances have meant running took a back seat recently.  However, matt still has ambitions to run the marathon distance again in the future.

Rob Young

Patsy continues to run around  10 miles per week but has increased as she hopes to run the Derby Half Marathon this October with her 2 brothers and a niece. This is in addition to attending a running class at the gym each week and, for the second year running, went out for a 3 mile run at 7.30 on Christmas morning with other members of her family.

Jon, who had to drop down to the Metric marathon in Chester (and was the 41st runner of the 40 team!) is still yet to do a marathon as such due to an ongoing injury but joined Emma for the Iceburg Challenge in September - the slower pace over 3 days on trails suited the injury issue better.

Zoë & Steve Dale are almost inseparable in their follow up - both running in the Manchester Marathon (pic), Bosworth Half Ironman, Coast to coast in a day (150 miles, 4500m of ascent),  94 mile Big G bike ride with Zoë adding on Driffield sprint triathlon and the Outlaw Ironman.  

Zoë & Steve Dale

Rachel (wife of Simon above) was one of the first timers in Chester and has continued to run since (which, Rachel states " I have Lucas to thank for that, because if it wasn't for the Chester 40-40-40 event, I probably wouldn't have started in the first place!)  Rachel regularly goes out on a 10k route round the Somerset countryside and has entered a 10k off road race at the beginning of December this year which she is looking forward to as it is going to be muddy!

Rachel Clarke

Maciej completed the Bristol to Bath Marathon 3 weeks after Chester before the Green Man Ultra marathon. 75km of the London to Brighton Ultra (Did not finish due to a problem with his kidneys).  Add on the Cheddar half marathon, Neolithic marathon and Green Man Midnight Express - some going for someone who struggled to run a mile a year ago!!. Maciej is due to run his next marathon in December

Maciej Biernacki

Lindi ran the London Marathon and was part of a relay day in the RB Hull Marathon & ran the North East Lincs Half Marathon in May.  Aside from that she's been busy being active with the Fitmums & Friends with a few 10K's and is building up to the Hardmoors 30 in the New Year.

John 'Syd' has done a few 6-8 mile runs at home and ran the Exeter Half Marathon "to entertain his cousin" (Nancey, see below).  He declined the Bristol Half Marathon the day after turning 50!

John ‘Syd’ Meagor

Fiona - in her own words "Life after 40-40-40 is busy!" This has included running her first Hardmoors  half marathon, winning the Vet40 in a local 10K, the Ladies handicap winner in the Champagne League series of races (a local series to Hull) - her team also placed 5th.  Paced the 60 min 10k runners at the Beverley AC 10K, a pretty high profile local race, and came in bang on the 60 minutes! Then topped it all off with a huge 15 minutes off her PB in the Loch Ness Marathon in September 3:45:49

Fiona Oakes

Paul Evans

Ben has carried on his challenges and been up to loads since - highlights include: 69mile ultra, Highlands coast to coast endurance race (pictured), running at altitude in the spring mountains, Nevada USA and running the Las Vegas strip at 6am at 32c - with much more!  Ben has just booked a trip to Tromsø in January for the Polar Half Marathon!

Ben Fairburn

Danny Walker

Russel was pleased with a PB in March in his local half marathon  in Brentwood in the lead up to then London Marathon (pic).  London went much better for Russel ("amazing what you can achieve without flu before a marathon") with a PB of 4:00:31 - "still the elusive sub 4 hours is beyond me......maybe I just accept it's the best I'll ever do!"  Russel also ran Southend Half in June and will be running the "Poppy Half" on the south coast in November.  Russel has raised more funds for Age UK.

Brothers Chris & Steve Knight were joined by their eldest brother, Phil, to run the Basingstoke Half Marathon at the beginning of October (2016) - a first time they all ran together and crossed the line together too.  Chris is looking at a few marathons in 2017, including the Neolithic and possibly a return to Chester.

Steve Knight

Wesley is another one of the tough guy brigade - completing his in the cool of January.  He has since cycled John O'Groats to Lands End (picture  at the Scotland/England border) and walked the Pennine Way (both in the summer).  His Chester Marathon top featured in many of his pictures on the cycle!

Wesley Bodman

Robert Young (aka Marathonmanuk) carried on a number of marathons and ultra runs in early 2016, including the Manchester, Brighton & London Marathons as part of a build up to try for the Trans American crossing record in May/June. The crossing ended up with Rob withdrawing due to an infection in one of his feet .  Rob has not been running much since due to the subsequent injury and recovery. Rob also released a book about his running and background. (Note that there has also been an investigation into the Trans American crossing and, as a result, the data was deemed to be inaccurate and Rob's attempt would have not been valid)

Linda followed the marathon with a wonder round Chester finding the best fudge shop ever! "Amazing smell oozing from the shop, wonderful rich dark flavour. Okay it's not healthy running food but...........yum."  Since then she has run the Chichester 10k, and the odd Parkrun. But has also done plenty of walking, doing 7-8 mile walks each week at a reasonable pace and completed 35 miles of the South Downs Way over a weekend as well as climbing Snowdon this year (pic).

James had good inetntetions after Chester,  He has picked up his bike and completed the short course of "The Hell of the North Cotswolds" in spring with several medium length rides, but nothing too far or too serious. Due to having to alter his belt recently he has signed up for the Birmingham Velo next year. 100 miles on closed roads around, well, Birmingham. In the meantime it's running "to try and shed the fat" and riding to increase distances. James adds "having an event to keep me motivated is something I'll make sure I keep in my diary."

Kerry struggled through an injury in Chester but this is now much better. This year he has been another of the 40-40-40 team to try out a Tough Mudder - doing a half in May and a full one with his sons in September. He hopes to get a half marathon in again next year.

Kerry Tankard


Lee followed Chester with the Bristol to Bath Marathon & Portsmouth Ultra Marathon in late 2015. 2016 has included the Glastonbury Tor Dash, The Green Man Ultra Marathon (pic), Neolithic Marathon, London 2 Brighton Ultra Marathon,  Cheddar Gorge Hilly Half Marathon, Dorset Invader Marathon and most recently the Cotswold Way Century - 102 miles. Lee is in competition for the most miles on foot since Chester!

Edd has continued to improve his times and fortunes - taking 6 minutes off his PB marathon time, down to 3 hours 18 minutes in Vienna in April. He has completed a 30 mile Skyrace, taking in 2000m of ascent and descent, finished the Chevy Chase 45 minutes quicker than last time in 3 hrs 55 mins, placing 42nd out of 200 and completed the Berlin Marathon in September.

Patsy Hodgson

Adam has not been idle since Chester!  3 weeks later he won the inaugural Bristol to Bath Marathon in 2:31:29 - one of 20 Marathons or longer he has won in the last year. This has included the ten in ten challenge at Great Barrow in June/July, the Conti Lightning Run -  80.7miles over 12 hours in May and most recently victories in the RB Hull Marathon (pic) (2:37:40) and Robin Hood Marathon a week later and 15 seconds quicker! (2:37:25)

Lua Stifani

Lua Stifani & Zara Jaffrey After Chester  they took it a bit lighter due to Lua's ill health with a few shorter races - it was good to keep moving. 2016 saw a clean bill of health and, as a result, they have run a number of 10kms, their first triathlon and both of PB times for both at London Duathlon.  Oh - and let's not omit running in Euro Disney as part of their European running weekend.  Venice Marathon (deferred from 2015) lies in wait later in October along with joining Adam Holland at one of his events and more plans developing for 2017!

Zara Jaffrey

Nick Britton

Sam Allen

Emma Goldberg

Edd Lisney

Simon Clarke

Chris Gibbons

Neil Thompson

Nancey Walker

Russel Lowe

James Peterson

Linda Hannah

Chris Knight

Neil Richardson

Lindi Day

Lee Scott

Adam Holland

Robin Fox, who ran his 40th marathon like Lucas in Chester, has added 2 more since in Brighton (pic) and Milton Keynes. He has also done a Tough Mudder, in Belvoir, Leicestershire and is due to run the Snowdonia Marathon later in October (as is Lucas).  

Robin Fox