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Simon Buckden was born in Leeds in 1972 and at the age of 6 he was placed in local authority care until the age of 17 ½ when he joined the British Army.

Simon has always been sporty and competitive and whilst at school he played rugby union and competed in athletics running 100m and 200m and some field events.

At 16 years old Simon embarked on a Higher National Diploma in Leisure Studies and also trained as Life Guard and Swimming Teacher. He achieved some excellent grades, but at just 17 years old, whilst running in a local 10km road race, he ruptured his hamstring which took 4 months to rehabilitate; this incident prompted his decision to join the British Army.

PODCAST Episode 13- 17th January 2012

Chris 18/01/2012
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Our second live show on Ustream.tv, made available as a podcast the following day. You can tune in to the show and also listen & watch other recordings from Simon & myself here: Race To 100 on uStream.tv. Another hell …

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PODCAST Episode 12 – 10th January 2012

Chris 11/01/2012
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It’s the first podcast of 2012 and we now broadcast the show live on a Tuesday evening at 9pm GMT! You can tune in to the show and also listen & watch other recordings from Simon, Simon & myself here: …

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PODCAST Episode 11 – 13th December 2011

Chris 13/12/2011
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This week we have a special guest in Simon Blackwell who is the Race to 100 Project Manager. Simon and Simon announce the next challenge which will take place in the USA! There is some exciting news about an event …

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Retweet Competition – Win a Pair of Sunwise Sunglasses

Chris 04/12/2011
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Win a pair of Sunwise sunglasses in our Re-Tweet competition. Simply retweet the following message and when the message has been re-tweeted 100 times we will pick a name at random: Win a pair of @Sunwise_HQ Sunglasses. Follow @100mara100weeks & RT …

Reasons to run a marathon

To keep your body in good shape is not only good for your good-looks, but also very good and important for your health. Fitness, sport and other activities can do that for you and make a lot fun for everyone, but there is a type of physical activity that will do much more for you and the people around you. We are talking about running a marathon. This event was instituted in commemoration of the famous run of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier that was a messenger from the Battle of Marathon all the way to Athens. Until 1920 the distances vary from 40 km to 42.75 km, but in year 1924 the distance was set to 42.195 km and that distance is kept to this day. It is equal to 26.22 miles.

Among the top ten male marathon runners of all time, there are seven Kenyans and three Ethiopians. The first six places are held by Kenyans and the top run in male category is 2:02:57 long, held by Dennis Kimetto since 2014, he made this record on the Berlin annual Marathon in 2014. In the female category there is much more national diversity. The top time is 2:15:25 and is held by Paula Radcliffe from Great Britain. On the top ten list there are still two women from Ethiopia, three from Kenya (they took the 2nd and 3rd place) and one from each - Japan, Germany and the United States.

The culture of marathon

Almost in every country in the world there is held, at least, one marathon - in its capital city. But in those that take more care about health there are many annual marathons held all over the country. I had the chance to take participation in the Berlin Marathon in 2014, when the last Men World Record was set. There was a whole crowd at the beginning, but it wasn't my first time running a marathon, so I knew that soon it would be much less left. After half an hour or so, about half of the people have left. It was a nice day in September, a little cold, but soon you warm up and after about 15 minutes you get pretty warm. I finished the marathon in 2:56:19, which is not bad, my personal record, but much more then Kimetto's 2:02:57.

After the marathon I got to a park where most of the runners go to talk, chat and get water and stuff like that. There I met a girl I knew I saw before, so I told her that and she started smiling. After a few moments she told me she was working on live sex cams and that I must have seen her in one of those shows. I tried to cover that up by saying it must have been the adverts that pop - up every now and then, but I knew that wasn't true, and she did as well. It was a nice talk. Every time I go to run a marathon, and it doesn't matter where I go, I meet the most interesting and diverse people. Next month I am going to run a charity marathon in Canada and hope to meet someone interesting.

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