Wendens Ambo couple join exclusive list of marathon runners to complete seven continent challenge

Martin and Sarah Steer at the end of the Atacama desert marathon in northern Chile

Martin and Sarah Steer at the end of the Atacama desert marathon in northern Chile

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A Wendens Ambo couple have completed their five-year quest to run seven marathons across seven continents.

Sarah Steer during the Atacama marathonSarah Steer during the Atacama marathon

Martin and Sarah Steer, both 41, finished the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama desert in northern Chile last month to join an exclusive list of only 160 people to complete the feat.

Sarah had extra reason to celebrate, finishing second in the women’s race and fifth overall.

The gruelling 26.2-mile course, which is the world’s highest marathon, takes place at nearly 15,000 feet, and Martin admits he found it tougher going than his wife.

He said: “It was brutal. On top of the mountain terrain and heat, I really struggled with the altitude. I felt dizzy and suffered hallucinations, it was gruelling.

Martin and Sarah Steer, who have completed their five-year quest to finish seven marathons across seven continentsMartin and Sarah Steer, who have completed their five-year quest to finish seven marathons across seven continents

“It was such a relief and a happy moment to finish and complete the challenge. It’s been five years in the making and I felt immensely proud. I was so proud of my wife also, who lead the race for about 18 miles and was eventually beaten by a Chilean ultra marathon runner.

“It’s quite an ice-breaker at parties when we tell people what we’ve done.”

The couple had previously completed races in Melbourne, Sacramento, London, Sierra Leone, the South Pole, and along the Great Wall of China in Beijing.

Martin also set a Guinness World Record in December last year, which was covered by the Reporter,for running the fastest half marathon while pushing a double buggy.

Martin Steer during the gruelling marathon, which is the world's highest, taking place at nearly 15,000 ftMartin Steer during the gruelling marathon, which is the world's highest, taking place at nearly 15,000 ft

He completed the Stevenage Half Marathon in 1 hour 56 minutes while ferrying twin boys Luke and Nathan, now aged two, around the course.

The couple are already look-ing for new challenges and say their marathon running days could be coming to an end.

Sarah said: “It’s been a great challenge and a good way to explore the world, but we want to find ways with our boys to give them that same educational travel that we have enjoyed.”

Martin added: “We are keen to involve the boys, like I did with the Guinness record. We’ve got lots of ideas, like rowing the Atlantic with the boys, although we’ll have to wait until they’re a bit older.”

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