Athletics

Tavistock athlete Holland breaks records doing 10 marathons in 10 day in Italy

TAVISTOCK endurance athlete Adam Holland has added to his world record achievements at his first overseas 10 marathons in 10 days event.

Running just one marathon is a major feat for most people, but incredibly Holland has now completed 10 marathons in 10 days nine times.

He also ran seven marathons in seven days at the Scorcher Festival in Lancashire at the end of July and won the Dartmoor Discovery ultra run in June.

His latest ultra running effort came at the Club Super Marathon Italia event at Lake Orta – a challenge he took on at just two weeks’ notice.

He completed all 10 marathons in less than three hours, breaking the world records for 10 in 10 days, seven in seven and three in three days.

His overall time for all 10 runs around Lake Orta was 27 hours, 38 minutes and 36 seconds.

That beat his previous best which he set in December of 28:37.19, which he was waiting to be accepted as a new Guinness World Record. He will now be applying for his latest time to be ratified.

In Italy his marathon splits were:  2:53.16, 2:51.07, 2:47.42, 2:42.58, 2:41.05, 2:39.22, 2:47.04, 2:46.43, 2:45.57 and 2:43.22.

Afterwards he said: “I’ve done it! Completed my ninth 10 in 10 and I’m over the moon because it’s also my fastest ever.

“I have to say a massive thank you to l Paolo and Club Super Marathon for inviting me to Italy to take part in the Orta 10 marathons in 10 days, just two weeks before the event. Without this sort of opportunity I would never have smashed the records.”

Holland’s next big challenge is to try and run from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 17 days.

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