08:57AM, Saturday 18 May 2013
A father-of-three aiming to complete 100 marathons in his lifetime will be ticking off The Maidenhead Charity Relay Marathon as race number 15.
Richard Hyde, who is 43 and lives in Hedsor Road in Bourne End, has opted to complete the entire race on his own instead of in a relay team of 10 as is expected from the other participants.
The event, organised by Purple Patch Running, will see Richard run 2.6 miles from Braywick Sports Ground in Braywick Road to Stafferton Way and back again a total of 10 times on Sunday, June 9.
He is the first ever one-man team to enter the race since it first began in 2008.
The race will be Richard's 15th marathon and his fourth this year after completing the Rome marathon in March, Brighton in April and Milton Keynes in May.
In additional Richard, who works for UBS as an IT project manager, has completed the New York, Paris and Edinburgh marathons as well as the London marathon eight times.
He completed the 2003 London Marathon dressed in full bridal attire to celebrate his seventh wedding anniversary.
Richard's greatest up and coming challenge is a marathon involving 105 laps of a 400m running track in Harrow this July.
Since he began running marathons in 2000, Richard's time usually increases with every race, with a personal best of three hours and 45 minutes and long-term target of under three hours.
"My family think I am mad," said Richard, who fits in training during his lunch breaks in London and when he returns from work.
Richard's children, who are eight, 12 and 14 along with his wife Marta, often come along to support his efforts and he hopes they will be standing at the sidelines at Braywick Sports Ground next month.
"This one is going to be tough because it's quite repetitive but having my family there to watch will be fantastic,” he added.
Other marathons Richard hopes to complete include Venice, Palma and Tokyo.