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Thetford runner completed milestone marathon




A Thetford runner completed her 250th marathon this week, in her quest to make 300.

Melanie Sturman, completed the 26.2 mile Phoenix Silver Run, in London, on Saturday.

She said: "It feels great to have got to this milestone, though the last 50 marathons have been the hardest for me, moving house twice during them, health issues and the fact that I am getting older, it has been difficult.”

Mel, who is also the director for Thetford parkrun, started running in 2011 after turning 40 and wanted to celebrate it by doing something special.

Melanie Sturman with the special number she was given for Saturday’s marathon Picture by Mecha Morton
Melanie Sturman with the special number she was given for Saturday’s marathon Picture by Mecha Morton

She said: "I always watched the London Marathon and was inspired by Paula Radcliffe and I thought why not.

"It was only meant to be the one, eight years later I’m still going. I never dreamt I would get to this number.”

Since Mel started running, it works out she has averaged a marathon every 12 days and she said she covers about 40 miles a week.

She said: "I want to show that anyone can do it, no matter what age, shape or size, taking up running has helped me mentally and physically no end and I hope I can inspire others."

The 48-year-old has already been featured as part of the BBC's #GetInspired campaign and was chosen as an ambassador for Norfolk Active's This Girl Can initiative.

Mel said, even with her running experience, there is still things she is learning along the way and that having people behind her has really helped her get this far.

She said: "My biggest problem running is blisters and it took me up to my 240th marathon to find the perfect sock and shoe combination for me, so you continue to find out new things to help you."

"Also everyone is just so supportive, from my fiancee, Richard, to everyone at Thetford Parkrun, who are incredible, and my friends."

The runner is getting married and celebrating her 50th birthday in August 2020, but hopes she is able to make it to her 300 marathon target by then.

Mel said: "I am chomping at the bit to get the final 50 done, I have done 52 events in a year twice, so it is doable.

"I would really love to get in to the London Marathon in 2020, as it is the 40th anniversary event, and it could go with my Paris and Berlin 40th anniversary medals."



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