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The Big Time!



Name: Stephen Ingledew

Age: 54

Job: Financial services executive

Location: Edinburgh

Marathon: London

Twitter: @IngledewStephen

What do a speedy septuagenarian, a bagpipe player, a busy father-of-two and an almost-professional footballer have in common? Answer: they’re all part of this year’s Big Marathon Challenge Team. You applied in your hundreds to take part, and picking just four winners was almost as hard as running a marathon. Over the next four months, the team will be trained up by Ben Barwick from Full Potential to run a spring marathon. You can follow their progress in the magazine and on the Men’s Running website, where there’ll be blogging about their training. So, without further ado, it’s time to meet the team.

When and why did you start running, and what races have you run so far?

I started running just over 10 years ago when my wife entered me into the Reading Half Marathon to raise money for a local children’s charity. She advised me of this on Christmas day as one of my presents! The following Boxing Day morning, my brother-in-law (who was a keen runner) took me out on my first run since I was at school. Despite struggling a bit due to excesses from the day before, from that moment on I had the running ‘bug’. Ten years on, it’s such an important part of my life.

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For any of you reading this magazine for the first time, I hope this will be the beginning of a long and exciting journey, both with MR and with running. For me, though, it’s also an ending of sorts: this is my last issue as editor of the magazine (sob, sob). From narrowly beating a steam train over 14 miles to being trounced by a horse over 24, via near-death at the Ennerdale Horseshoe and elation at the London Marathon, it’s been quite the three years. The best part, though, has been interacting with the MR community, in person and online, and hearing about the countless ways in which running has improved your lives. From weight-loss heroes to those who have used running to improve their mental health, ours is a sport filled with inspiring stories of self-improvement. When I spoke with Paul Sinton-Hewitt recently, the founder of parkrun told me he started the event because “I wanted to be with people – and running is about people.” And what a strange, brilliant, eclectic bunch we are. Having the chance to meet many of you, and put together a magazine about a subject as universal and life-changing as running, has been a great privilege. Thanks for reading.