When Ian Kittle crossed the finish line of his first marathon he vowed: “I’m never doing that again.”
But as many a distance runner will tell you – never say never again.
The 54-year-old planning operations manager was soon back in training for more events and on Sunday will clock up marathon number 100 when he lines up for the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.
And along the way Ian has enjoyed some notable running achievements. He has completed some of the toughest races in the world including the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc – 106 miles through France, Italy and Switzerland with a total elevation gain of 32,940ft; run in the Sahara desert; tackled a dozen races of over 100 miles, run over a volcano and taken part in big city marathons.
His most recent effort was a 100 mile race in Goring-on-Thames.
Ian has used his running to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which provides a range of play, entertainment and other services for seriously ill youngsters and their families.
He said: “I feel privileged to be able to do what I do. I think my greatest achievement is the journey from that first marathon in London when I crossed the line and said, ‘I’m never doing that again,’ to this race, my 100th marathon. It’s just been an amazing adventure.”