The Man Inside The Machine, by Helen Summer

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The approved biography of Steve Edwards, one of the world’s most successful multi-marathon runners. Steve has completed over 700 marathons with an average finish time of 3 hours 16 minutes.

Foreword by Dr Ron Hill MBE:

“I am a great admirer of Steve and his achievements. Such a modest guy and his marathon records will never be emulated.”

Steve Edwards was born with a deformed left hand and was bullied throughout his childhood as a result. He also has a congenital blood disorder that directly compromises athleticism. Yet, despite these obstacles, he has become one of the world’s leading multi-marathon runners, having run over 700 official marathon races in the fastest ever average finish time.

Known in marathon circles as “The Godfather”, he is revered for his machine-like performances, running marathons consistently in an average finish time of around 3 hours 15 minutes, at the rate of one every 14 days for almost 30 years.

But what of the man inside the machine? Who is he? What drives him to race a competitive marathon so frequently? To train day in, day out, year after year, whilst working full time and maintaining a family home? Where does his discipline and dedication come from? How does he deal with injury, illness, varying weather conditions and the short recovery period between so many races?

When Steve started running marathons in the 1980s, there were so few official races in the UK that he had to drive hundreds of miles just to run one, catnapping on ferries or in cars – before running 26.2 miles. Occasionally, he also ran into trouble – but it was all part of the adventure!

“His misadventures of the stuff of legends!” – The Daily Telegraph

“Edwards is the marathon marathon man.” – The Independent

“The man who knows all there is to know about running 26.2 miles.” – Runner’s World

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