In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record

Steve Way

Not to be confused with Steve Way (actor).

Steve Way (born 6 July 1974) is a British long-distance runner. He is the holder of the British 100 km record, after winning the 2014 British Championship in a time of 6:19:20 at the age of 39. He only began running seriously in 2007 to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, when he weighed over 100 kg. As of 2014, he has run the London Marathon in under 2:20 four times, breaking the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2:17 for the first time in 2014. He represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, coming in 10th overall, first for England, setting a new British veterans record with a personal best of 2:15:16. Following his 2014 performances, the media has lauded him as t… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

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  1. His marathon PB is 2:15:16, he finished top 10 at a Commonwealth Games.

  2. He seems to be a natural. I am assuming he weighed around 100 kg in 2006 and still.

    >Way entered his first marathon in 2006 and with only three weeks’ training, finished in 3:07:08.

    That’s pretty good for someone’s first marathon with only three weeks of training. Two years later, in 2008 he did a sub-3hr with 2:35:12 – that’s impressive.

  3. I also was 220 lbs, smoked a pack a day and took up running in my early 30’s. Greatest decision ever. I also have run a 100k but in 14 hours. More than twice as slow as steve here. I walked a ton, had 2 chipotle burritos and a few beers along the way, so I think I had a better time at least.

  4. Meanwhile me… never smoked, rarely drink, have tried to eat healthy my whole adult life, and have been running for 15 years… still can’t break a 8 minute mile without feeling like death.

  5. Guys got times that allow him to be competitive internationally. The only English runners who beat him in the 2014 marathon were Olympic athletes. If this guy had trained hard from a young age, he’d probably be an Olympic-quality distance runner as well. This is a *freak* athlete with *insaaaaane* genetics. He took to running marathons like most people take to 5kms. After he finally strung together consistent years of training, he has incredibly impressive times.

    Don’t compare yourself to freaks of nature. Almost nobody could live life like that and achieve what he has. Even super fit, healthy people struggle to finish marathons, nevermind put in a 2:15. These are one in a million genes. Train hard, push yourself to grow and improve, but don’t compare yourself to guys like this.

  6. WTF. When I was 26 I was running regularly, about 120 lbs, and I was still nowhere near completing a sub 4 hour marathon. Some people are just genetically gifted.

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