A British woman named Kate Jayden ran 106 marathons in 106 days with a fractured knee and broke a Guinness World Record. The 35-year-old now holds the record for most consecutive days to run a marathon distance by a woman.
Kate Jayden from Derbyshire, England began running marathon distances of 42.1 km (26.2 miles) every day from December 31, 2021 and finished it 106 days later on April 15, 2022. The athlete was raising funds for refugees while she completed the run and juggled a full-time job.
Jayden planned to run 100 marathons which would be equivalent to the distance of 4,216 km between Aleppo, Syria and the United Kingdom, a route often taken by refugees. She managed to raised 41.5 lakh rupees for the cause. Her journey gained traction on social media which helped her further promote her fundraising efforts.
Kate Jayden Sets World Record
Kate Jayden spoke to Guinness World Records and said, “Knowing I’d need to continue for 6 hours after 8-9 hours of a work day was overwhelming at times, but discipline and commitment to the reasons I began, overtook when motivation waned.”
Running 106 marathons consecutively is difficult enough but Jayden’s run became more difficult after her knee began hurting. She reported that her knee was hurting on day 46 of her run but continued to run marathons. In May, an MRI scan revealed that her knee was fractured and that she completed the rest of her run on her injured knee. She had to undergo surgery for her fractured knee.
Jayden mentioned that she was already thinking about her next targets. She said, “Of course, I’ll be attempting more records… just once I manage to rehab and recover!” Jayden said that running the distance was “incredibly humbling”.
Jayden submitted a record application and broke Alyssa Clark’s record of completing 95 marathons in 95 days. Her record for most consecutive days to run a marathon distance (female) is equal to a Scottish couple’s record. The couple Fay Cunningham and Emma Petrie ran for 106 days from February 19 to June 4, 2022, to raise money for a dementia charity.
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