This Sunday Karl Randall will run his 300th marathon at Bournemouth’s annual race.
Karl, age 50 from Staffordshire, began running the 26 mile courses in 2008 because he was unhappy with his weight.
After joining the gym, he soon discovered he had good endurance and entered his first race.
Karl entered his first marathon in April 2008 having run 1500 miles in training beforehand.
298 races later, Karl is set compete in his fifth consecutive Bournemouth marathon.
“The first time I went on a treadmill I had to come off, I thought I was going to be sick! But I persevered and entered an 8 and a half mile fun run. So I just kept going on the treadmill until I could run 6 miles and thought I should be able to do the race.”
In 2016 Karl completed a staggering 62 marathons, and in some of these events Karl has literally been going the extra mile.
The furthest distance he has run was 81 miles in the Adidas 24 hour Thunder Run.
His personal best came in 2013 at the inaugural Bournemouth marathon where he recorded a time of 3 hours and 53 minutes.
This weekend he will return to the coast to complete his 300th race and crossing the finishing line will be extra sweet for Karl, as he counts Bournemouth as one of his favourite races.
Earlier this year Karl had to take a month off to recover from a double operation.
“It’s been a slow recovery – I’ve lost some fitness and some pace – but I’m hoping to finish at just over 4 hours.
“It’s a challenging course, though, it’s not easy. I’ve ran flatter courses, but this has got everything.”
Spectators can cheer Karl and other Bournemouth marathon runners on from 10am at Kings Park.