A TADLEY running club has been celebrating after its chairman achieved a landmark marathon achievement.

Paul Courtney, 60, took up running in 1993 while he was living in Camberley, before moving to Tadley in 2001. He joined Tadley Runners in 2006.

Paul ran his first marathon, which was the London Marathon, in 1997, and when he became Tadley Runners chairman in 2018 he had completed 51 marathons.

He set himself the goal of running 100 marathons before his 60th birthday, which was in April 2023.

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Despite just missing his target by a couple of months, Paul completed his own personal challenge on August 6, when he ran the Staines upon Thames marathon, organised by Saturn Running, to complete his 100th marathon.

Basingstoke Gazette: Paul Courtney celebrated his 100thPaul Courtney celebrated his 100th (Image: Tadley Runners, Canva)

A number of other runners from Tadley Runners joined Paul for the landmark achievement, running alongside the club chairman on parts of the marathon and celebrating with him when he crossed the finish line. 

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Paul said: "It was a very proud day for me, as it was something I'd never really set out to achieve but amazingly it creeps up on you, and here we are celebrating my 100th marathon. 

"We're quite a small club but to have a number of the runners come along and take part alongside me is very humbling and I am so thankful to have achieved this milestone with my fellow runners."

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