WCAC Record Breaker

Kate Jayden is jumping for joy after breaking a British record.The ultra-marathon running ace, from Chester, completed 69 officially recognised marathons in 2013 to smash the previous record of 65 in a calendar year.
Jayden, a member of West Cheshire Athletic Club, is proud of her amazing feat, but has now set a goal of clocking a sub-four hours time for the 26.2 miles marathon distance.
Ive ran a total of 84 marathons since I completed my first marathon at Chester in October 2011, Kate said.
To achieve the British record I ran 69 official marathon events in 2013, beating the current record of 65, and along the way Ive ran in endurance events such as five marathons in five days, four in four days, two marathons in one day and even ultra marathons, and I even managed to run a marathon on my honeymoon in Phuket!
Ive seen my marathon times drop from over five hours down to 4:21 and Im pleased that Ive managed to raise £6,000 for charity while achieving the record.
Jayden, 27, revealed why she has enjoyed distance running since preparing for her first marathon after completing a punishing adventure bike ride.
She added: I completed my first marathon in Chester in October 2011. I had decided it was a brilliant idea, but needless to say it hurt and was not pretty but I did it.
I completed my first marathon a couple of months after my first active adventure of cycling London to Paris. I had always wanted to do it so I thought why not!
But I was not a runner and the Chester Marathon was only three weeks later. I essentially signed up for the race and then started running.
But I really enjoy the commitment and hard work required to run marathons. The distance is magical, from the first 5k warming up to the halfway point, to the mental and physical battle from mile 16-20, and the final 5k push.
I love the continual calculating in your head of a potential finish time when you are running and the realisation you may be able to get a personal best. Most of all I love the positive goals and achievement I ve set and seen through the last couple of years since I started running. If I am honest there is a large part of me that runs so I can eat unlimited crisps and cake
and feel no guilt!
Jayden combines her full time job as a senior finance paraplanner with her love of running, is now within touching distance of becoming a member of the 100 Marathon Club, and aiming to pass on her knowledge of running in the future as a qualified coach.
She said: I work full time in Crewe, which is an hour commute, and I use all of my annual leave for any weekday marathons, as well as running on my days off at the weekend, and holidays usually involve a marathon too.
I would really like to complete the world marathon majors, having done London and Berlin, which leaves New York, Chicago, Boston and Tokyo.
I wouldd also like to complete Comrades Ultra Marathon and an Ironman Triathlon, but my ultimate goal is to inspire others to realise their potential.
If one person sees what I have done and thinks Hey if she can do it then I can! then that makes me really happy.
In the next few months I will join the 100 Marathon Club and in the future I aim to become a distance running coach as well as hoping to achieve a sub 4 hour marathon time.

Record Breaker – Running ace Kate Jayden. Photo at http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/images/usrimg/roadrace/KateJayden.jpg

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