Third Briton home at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, Steve Way’s story to becoming a 2:16:27 marathoner is a great one
In 2007, aged 32, Steve Way was 16 stone with a 38-inch waist who smoked, drank and ate junk food. In 2014 he was third Briton home at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:16:27.
Way had run the 2006 London Marathon in 3:07 as “a fat bloke bouncing along next to club runners”, but was made redundant by a bank, caught the running bug, became a part-time postman and was soon running well over 100 miles a week.
Since then his improvement has been staggering. In 2008 he ran 2:35 for the distance and was the first Briton in the New York City Marathon. Then, in 2010, he clocked 2:19:38 and 2:19:04 in 2012 before an almost three-minute improvement last weekend aged 39 and despite focusing on ultra-marathons lately.
The Bournemouth runner, who was 62nd in the recent Inter-Counties Cross Country and 27th in the Mizuno Reading Half-marathon, slept in a camper van the night before the race and said he made a last-minute decision to go with the 2:15 pace group after running a five-minute mile almost effortlessly in a pre-race “loosener” on Saturday.
He then went through halfway at almost PB pace in 67:21 before powering home for a huge PB and Commonwealth Games qualifier.
“The final 7-8 miles of the race was all about just me, my thoughts, dreams … and the wind!” he said on his blog.
“I would be lying if I said I was in my usual pain box at this stage. I found myself in control and when I passed Scott Overall at 24 miles I realised third Brit was mine for the taking.”