A couple in their 60s have finished running a marathon each day, every day, for the past year.
The pair ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 10,000 miles around Australia.
The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day to set the world record.
Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, rose at 4 a.m. each day and ran 366 consecutive marathons with no days off. Ms Murray-Wakelin said she was looking forward to a break and planned to sleep in, do some gardening and spend time with her grandchildren – and then go running the next day.
“You don’t stop doing something that works,” she told Fairfax Media.
During the run, the couple skirted a cyclone, floods, a bushfire and a hail storm near Perth, during which they took a half-hour break and drank a vegetable smoothie before continuing through the heavy weather.
Murray-Wakelin missed the birth of her fifth grandchild in June, but was running in south Queensland when a motorcycle rider called out her name and revealed he was a cousin she had not seen in 45 years. He apparently said “Good to see ya” before rushing off to work.
The couple’s standard day involved rising at 4am and eating 10 bananas, a grapefruit, and a date smoothie for breakfast, then another 10 bananas at 8am, a green smoothie at 9am, a fruit salad at the 19-mile mark, three oranges at the 23-mile mark, before finishing at 4pm and eating an avocado, vegetable juice and a salad for dinner.
“The first few weeks we were sore, breaking ourselves in,” Mr Murray told ABC Radio. “After that, it actually became easier every day. I really don’t think we’ve had any days when we didn’t think we could make it. But we had a few longer days through extremes of heat. We had some 44 [C] degree days going up into Canberra.”
The run is understood to have beaten the world record set in 2011 by a Belgian, Stefaan Engels, who completed 365 marathons in a year.
Murray-Wakelin and Murray were assisted by volunteers who helped with supplies and driving a support van. They used the run to raise money for charity.