Dedicated runner Terry Hindson has completed a staggering 100 marathons – and has no plans to stop.

While many people would be happy to finish just one marathon in their lifetime, Terry notched up the century in 11 years and aims to carry on running.

Terry, 54, of Fixby, a former religious education teacher at Colne Valley High School, ran his first marathon in 2003.

After that he was addicted to the challenge and set himself a target to complete 100 marathons before he reached the age of 60.

“I thought why not?” said Terry. “I know 100 is a long way from one but I wasn’t going to stop at just one.”

Originally from North Yorkshire, Terry grew up with serious health problems.

As a teenager he underwent surgery and tests due to crippling pains in his lower spine and legs.

He was told his condition was long-term and progressive but a change in his diet meant his condition improved and he no longer needed painkillers.

Dad-of-three Terry, now a semi-retired supply teacher, ran his first marathon in Outokompu in Finland at the age of 43.

Terry Hindson, right, being presented with his Irish 100 Club medal by Nordic skier and runner Heikki Piiroinen
Terry Hindson, right, being presented with his Irish 100 Club medal by Nordic skier and runner Heikki Piiroinen
 

He embarked on his marathon of marathons inspired by the memory of his twin brother Gary who died as a baby.

“There is no race that goes by without me thinking about him,” said Terry.

Terry, married to Andrea for 30 years, also has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, and he likes to meticulously plan and time his running activities.

He also loves the data, recalling all the facts and figures from his different races.

Retired teacher Andrea, 52, said that long distance running had proved to be an “excellent coping strategy” for his condition and Terry added that running “gives me time to think.”

Terry ran his first marathon in just over four hours. He was encouraged to enter by Finnish family friend Heikki Piiroinen, a long-established marathon runner and Nordic skier.

So when Terry reached his century milestone and earned a medal from the Irish 100 Club, a group which promotes marathon running, there was only one choice to make the presentation.

Terry and Andrea were visiting Finland this month so they asked Heikki to present the medal. He even put up an Irish flag in his garden.

Terry’s century came in the Huddersfield Marathon in April but he’s keeping up the pace and expects to hit his 200th marathon by the age of 67.

“As they say it’s just one step at a time,” said Terry.

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