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
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 11.
The 11 have
completed all thirty-seven 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
2018, will be the 38th and, will again, be sponsored by
Please browse the rest of this site
to learn more of this unique group of people.
carried the Olympic Torch on Monday 23 July 2012, the same day as
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
A Great post Christmas
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
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
Photos from Social get
together 19 August 2016
All twelve made the main photo call for the 36th London
on 24 April 2016 more photos here...
Bill O'Connor, Dale Lyons, Jeff Aston,
Chris Finill, Roger Low, Charles Cousens, Terry Macey
Mac Speake, Steve Wehrle, David Walker,
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.
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
Mike Peace on
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...
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
The photographer was Ben Knight:
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
all about the EP's in todays
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
Walker, Chris Finill, Charles Cousens,
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
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,
David Clark, Jeff Aston, Charles Cousens, Pat Dobbs, Jeff
Rainer Burchett, Mike Peace,
26 April 2009 - Only 12 this time - but found
more inside the Green Start - more photos
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