Going the extra mile - pilot notches up 100th long-distance run

Thursday 9 September 2021

National Police Air Service pilot Jim Vince has notched up a staggering 100 long-distance runs in the last 10 years to qualify as a member of the exclusive 100 Marathon Club.

His 100th marathon medal was achieved on 21 August 2021 at the Shere 42km Trail Marathon in Surrey when he clocked a leisurely time of 5hrs, 57mins and 19secs, whilst climbing the same elevation as Mount Snowden..

This brings his grand total of marathon miles to 3,529, or 717 hours and 35 minutes running in 66 marathons and 34 ultra-marathons – not to mention his half marathons, 160 5km park runs or training runs.

In fact, in the three years that Jim has flown for NPAS, he has conquered 37 marathon or greater distance runs – that’s an average of one a month.

From Austria to Australia, the New Forest to New Zealand and San Francisco to Singapore, Jim’s passion for running has taken him all over the world and he has no plans to stop.  But despite his experiences, which include the Mickey Mouse Marathon in Orlando, the Bordeaux and Beaujolais Wine Marathons in France and the Beer Lovers’ Marathon in Belgium, Jim’s toughest challenge was a 100-mile North Downs run in 2016. which took 28 ½ hours with only short refreshment stops on the way. 

His fastest marathon was in Rome - just 3hrs, 30mins and 54secs.

Jim’s passion comes at a cost with a third of his events being overseas. Even so, he reckons he has only gone through 10 pairs of running shoes in the last 10 years, with one pair alone clocking up 2,200 miles.

His next event is the North Coast 55km on 2 October.

Good luck Jim. Keep on running, we are all right behind you… well and truly behind you!