AS he crossed the finishing line of his first marathon there was only one thought going through Malcolm Collins’ mind: Never again.
The challenge of running 26.2 miles through the streets of Manchester in 1996 had left him feeling dizzy and with no will to do it again.
Now – 17 years later – he has completed 110 marathons in the UK, America and Europe while raising thousands for charity in the process.
“I don’t need others to motivate me to run and I certainly don’t do it to diet,” said Malcolm, of Green Lane in Leigh.
“I do enjoy the challenge of completing different marathons, but finishing times are becoming increasingly irrelevant to me.”
His latest achievement was to complete the Brathay 10 in 10 Challenge – 10 marathons in 10 days around Lake Windermere.
In running for more than 30 hours in the time he raised over £6,000 for the Brathay Trust, which works to inspire and support vulnerable young people.
Malcolm, who was inspired by watching his father train for three marathons when he was a boy, put on his running shoes in his early 20s.
He completed his first half marathon in 1992 and at the time thought it was ‘dreadfully hard and an awfully long way.’ After completing his first marathon in 1996 he vowed ‘never again’ but was bitten by the bug.
When his two children Abbey and Lucas were born, training took a back seat, but in 2008 he found time to join Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners.
In April of this year, his wife Yuk-Lam and members of his running club organised a celebration at the Gin Pit Club as he reached his 100-marathon milestone.
And, after that painful first marathon in Manchester, he is now doing it for fun.
“These days I run simply because I just love running, for the pure pleasure it brings to me,” he said.
Thank you to Andrew Moores for writing this nice piece in the paper.