Paul Butcher Just Competed in our Long Course Weekend Marathon 2019 which was his 100th marathon! Paul completed his first marathon as part of the UK’s earliest Ironman Triathlon held in Sherborne, Dorset in 2005. Paul was inspired to compete after watching the TV documentary about Jane Tomlinson and how despite being terminally, she completed Ironman. Paul thought after watching, “If she can do it with a terminal illness, then so can I.”
Paul not only completed the triathlon, but he also saw Jane out on the course, and donated his sponsorship money to the Jane Tomlinson Foundation. Despite Paul loving the triathlon he said “The training commitment was just too time consuming.” So Paul decided that he would concentrate his efforts on running marathons instead.
In 2009, Paul ran his second marathon in Berkshire raising money for Berkshire Air Ambulance, by running around the athletics track 105 times. We asked Paul if this was mentally challenging and he said “It was certainly different!”
Over the last ten years Paul has now run 99 marathons, running 2 in 2010, 3 the following year, 4 the next and slowly building up to 1 a month. Paul has also challenged himself to 5 marathons in 5 days, 7 in 7 days and 10 in 10 days, constantly pushing himself towards new goals.
Over the years, Paul has raised considerable amounts of money for various charities. In addition to the funds raised for the Jane Tomlinson Foundation, Paul also raised £900 for Dementia UK after his father was sadly diagnosed with this devastating degenerative condition by running his 7 in 7 days. Ten years ago Paul took on a brutal 65 mile run from the UK to Pegasus Bridge in Normandy raising money for the very worthy Veteran’s Charity. One of Paul’s more unusual marathons was completed on his 50th birthday, raising much needed funds for the charity Ty Hafan, supported by Clwb Rhedeg in Pontardawe, but this time running the marathon on a treadmill.
Paul is no stranger to Long Course Weekend having competed in the marathon 3 times to date. When I asked Paul why he had chosen Long Course for his 100th marathon Paul said “My wife is a Pembrokeshire girl and was born in Haverfordwest. We have always loved South Wales, having lived here for 14 years and my wife likes to volunteer on race day at the feed station in Lamphey. This year my wife and daughter are both volunteering at the finish line, so they will be there to see me have my big red carpet moment on my 100th marathon.”
Paul is completely modest about his amazing achievements, not only is he about to reach his 100th marathon, but also has a personal best time of 3 hours 4 minutes. In Paul’s words, “I know many people who have run hundreds of marathons, and some running friends completing 52 marathons in 52 weeks, which does give me goals to aim for in the future, I am pleased with my progress. I’m not bad for 53!! And I couldn’t wish to have this moment anywhere else!”
**We are also delighted to report since we had this interview with Paul, he took part in the World Record Attempt for most athletes completing a marathon tied together and successfully completed this. **