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All twelve made the main photo call for the 36th London on 24 April 2016 more photos here...

Ken Jones, Bill O'Connor, Dale Lyons, Jeff Aston, Chris Finill, Roger Low, Charles Cousens, Terry Macey
Mac Speake, Steve Wehrle, David Walker, Mike Peace

 

 

John Wright of ‘Perfectly Engraved’ has been honoured to work with Dale Lyons on developing a bespoke glass award for the London Marathon Ever-presents. "Congratulations to you all for your thirty-five years of participation and endeavour.” The 12 remaining Ever-presents were delighted with their magnificent, engraved and personalised glass trophies and said they would have pride of place in their collection. http://www.perfectlyengraved.co.uk/awards-by-type/crystal-glass

 

Interesting facts from Rainer updated 25-04-16

 

Go to Performances to see updated Graphs for 2016

The links below will take you to the Official Virgin Marathon splits etc for each EP
  o/a Gen Place Place category Name Club No Cat HALF FINISH
1 1395 1350 14 » Finill, Chris (GBR) HARROW AC 24365 55-59 01:26:15 02:56:05
2 11773 9193 45 » Peace, Michael Stewart (GBR) Ranelagh... 24364 65-69 01:40:00 03:52:29
3 20872 15147 37 » Low, Roger (GBR) Highgate... 24357 70+ 02:07:34 04:25:45
4 26216 18183 151 » Macey, Terence James (GBR)   24358 65-69 02:08:59 04:47:19
5 29206 19741 71 » Cousens, Charles leonard (GBR) unnatached 24366 70+ 02:12:03 05:00:23
6 32026 21145 191 » Wehrle, Stephen (GBR) ORPINGTO... 24362 65-69 02:12:26 05:18:01
7 32040 21151 86 » Speake, Malcolm Douglas (GBR) Bildesto... 24359 70+ 02:32:29 05:18:04
8 32119 21186 87 » O'Connor, William John (GBR) Queens P... 24360 70+ 02:25:40 05:18:35
9 35315 22625 103 » Walker, David (GBR) Chiltern... 24361 70+ 02:31:26 05:46:17
10 36928 23239 222 » Aston, Jeffrey Ralph (GBR) LES CROU... 24356 65-69 02:35:10 06:09:31
11 38233 23696 135 » Jones, Kenneth (GBR) Orion Ha... 24363 80+ 03:04:17 06:45:54
12 38385 23733 137 » Lyons, Dale Robinson (GBR) Centurio... 24367 70+ 03:43:49 06:52:33

 

We started off with 42 in 1995 - after the 2015 edition we were down to 12 and we are still 12!

Five of us met up on Thursday, 21 April 2016 at registration 21-04-16


Watch Mike Peace on BBC's Get Inspired website 26-04-16

Get Inspired: Inspirational stories from the London Marathon start line by BBC - Ken Jones is featured 21-04-16

Jeff Aston was interviewed by Eleri Sion on BBC Radio Wales - listen here... 18-04-16

 

Download the PDF of the article on the 12 remaining Ever Presents from the May 2016 issue of Runner's World.
With the permission of Runners World

The photographer was Ben Knight: benknightphoto@mac.com


Who on earth are these people?... what is this Web site about?

They are a body of men whose common denominator is the London Marathon.  Back in 1981 they all took part in the inaugural race of what is now the leading Marathon in the world.  In most cases, but definitely not all,  they have less hair, less teeth, less ability - however, their driving force, dedication and perseverance is still there.  One thing is for certain they are all thirty-five years older and some might even say thirty-six years wiser!

Yes, these 42 runners belong to that worthy group called the "Ever Present". After the fifteenth  London Marathon (1995) the group was acknowledged "by the powers that be" and they were awarded with a special commemorative medal, sweatshirt and a guaranteed acceptance for future London's.  The original 42 have now been whittled down to 12.

The 12 have completed all thirty-six London Marathons - some times quicker and sometimes slower. They are all club runners and all except one have PB's inside 3 hours, in some cases well inside! They cover the whole spectrum of today's athletics; they come from all walks of life, different locations and assorted occupations (?) most are now retired!!  

Next year's event, on 23 April 2017, will be the 37th and, will again, be sponsored by VirginMoney

Please browse the rest of this site to learn more of this unique group of people.


Jeffrey Gordon carried the Olympic Torch on Monday 23 July 2012, the same day as Mike Peel.
Bill O'connor was also carrying, his stint was Wednesday 25 July 2012. 2-07-12
Ken Jones carried in Ireland on 6 June 2012 10-06-12

Chris Finill has now been presented with his Guinness World Record Certificate... 14-02-11

 

Remember when Chris Finill ran across America from California to New York in the Fall of 2011 in 79 days 22 hours?

You can now view the video of the event.


A Great post Christmas present...

THE REAL MARATHON MEN - LONDON MARATHON EVERPRESENTS

This is the story of 42 marathon runners who were created as the ‘Everpresents’ by the London Marathon in 1995 after they run 15 consecutive Londons.. Now, 34 years later only 14 remain.
Their story is a testimony to a ‘never say die’ spirit that has sustained them during the thousands of marathons they have run all over the world.
Dale Lyons, one of the last 15, has combined a detailed factual record from his research with many heart warming anecdotes and incredible hardship stories in tracking the Everpresents’ journey since 1981.
Their triumphs and cruel disappointments, the amazing sums they have raised for countless charities, their incredible running records at home and abroad and their fascinating and colourful lives away from the marathon treadmill makes for absorbing and enlightening reading.
This is a book to honour their commitment to the London, one of the greatest city Marathons and provides a lasting tribute to a rapidly diminishing group ravaged by injury, accident, illness and death.
The book will provide inspiration and motivation not only to marathon runners but to those watching the London each year thinking “that could be me!”
Publishing end of January 2014 266 pages, price £7.99 + £2.60 pp. Orders to Dale Lyons dale@5rhg.co.uk 


 


Twelve made the photo call for the 35th London on 26 April 2015 more photos here...

Chris Finill, Jeff Aston, Bill O'Connor, Steve Wehrle, Charles Cousens, Pat Dobbs, Terry Macey

Mike Peace, Roger Low, Mac Speake, David Walker, Dale Lyons

 

More about the EP's in todays Daily Mirror. 28-04-15

Read all about the EP's in todays Daily Mirror. 24-04-15


 


Eleven made the photo call for the 34th London on 13 April 2014 more photos here...

Chris Finill, Dale Lyons, Steve Wehrle, David Walker, Jeff Aston, Charles Cousens, David Fereday, Mac Speake

Bill O'Connor, Roger Low, Pat Dobbs



Twelve made the photo call on the Green Start for the 33rd London on 21 April 2013 more photos here...
Dale Lyons, David Fereday,Steve Wehrle, Roger Low, Jeff Aston, Bill O'Connor, Mike Peel, Mike Wilkinson
David Walker, Chris Finill, Charles Cousens, Pat Dobbs
16-04-13



Twelve made the photo call on the Green Start for the 32nd London on 22 April 2012 more photos here...
Steve Wehrle, Bill O'Connor, Roger Low, Jeff Aston, David Walker, Charles Cousens, Dale Lyons, Mike Peel, Mike Wilkinson
Pat Dobbs, Mike Peace, Chris Finill

Four registered on Thursday and were interviewed by Vicki Barker, a radio reporter for npr & CBS News in the US of A.
The result of which were broadcast in the States on Sunday morning... 22-04-12



31st London 17 April 2011 - Eleven made the photo call, others came late... More photos here...
Mike Peel, Charles Cousens, Bill O'Connor, David Walker, Jeff Aston, Steve Wehrle, Dale Lyons, Roger Low
Mike Peace, Pat Dobbs, Rainer Burchett



Fourteen made it to the Green Start Photo Call on 25 April 2010 - more photos here...
Tony Tillbrooke, Dale Lyons, Mike Peel, Bill O'Connor, David Walker, Steve Wehrle,
David Clark, Jeff Aston, Charles Cousens, Pat Dobbs, Jeff Gordon
Rainer Burchett, Mike Peace,

 



26 April 2009 - Only 12 this time - but found more inside the Green Start - more photos here...
Tony Tillbrooke, Dave Clark, Mike Peel, John Hanscomb, Dale Lyons, Jeffrey Gordon, Steve Wehrle
Pat Dobbs, Rainer Burchett, Jeff Aston, Mike Peace, Bill O'Connor



13 (again!) made the photo call on 13 April 2008 - sporting our fancy new t-shirts... more photos here...
Mike Peel, Jeffrey Gordon, Pat Dobbs, Steve Wehrle, Bill O'Connor, Chris Finill, John Hanscomb, Dale Lyons, Dave Walker, Jeff Aston
Rainer Burchett, Mike Peace, Mike Wilkinson



2007 - managed to get 13 this year...



Ten men & true - about to start their 26th London 23 April 2006


In 2005 we were all on the Green start to celebrate the 25th London Marathon

 

Both sent in by Dale Lyons.

After the 21st the organizers presented each Ever Present with a plaque to commemorate the fact.

Sadly John Legge, Orion Harriers, died on Sunday 18 February 2001.
Chris Adams, also Orion Harriers, died in October 2002
Max Jones, Birchfield Harriers, died 14 March 2010

 

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