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Adam Holland – Q&A

Today we interview Noble-Pro and Kinni ambassador, Adam Tango Holland. Adam has achieved some astonishing results and milestones this year, which we’re sure you’ll agree will help encourage all to set a higher bar for next year’s challenges!

Adam, what are your key achievements and milestones this year?

I’ve done 10 marathons in 10 days three times this year. The first was Windermere, where I completed all ten marathons in under 3 hours; I’m the first person to do that on this course. The second was Lake Orta in Italy and the third was the Great Barrow Challenge.

I also hit my 250th parkrun in May 2022 at Longrun Meadow. I achieved my 200th first place parkrun and my 70th location.
My parkrun course records this year: Akrotiri (Cyprus), Shepton Mallet, Somerdale Pavilion, Marine Parade (beach course), Chilton Fields and Kirkwall. Each course is unique and I’m honoured and proud to be able to do different locations.

I achieved my 200th sub 3 hour marathon this year on day 4 of the Lake Orta 10 in 10, as well as my 500th marathon, so its been a big year of numbers !

You have recently moved from Somerset to the Orkney Islands, how do you manage your running and races?

I have met someone on the Island I can run with and I also train on my Noble-Pro treadmill, joining Zwift groups when I can. For other races, including parkrun, I catch the aeroplane to the mainland then get a taxi or bus.

Have you had any injuries this year?

No, none, I don’t stretch, I don’t do strength and conditioning either. I coach myself but don’t follow a specific training plan so I’m quite lucky. 

Do you add cross-training to your training?

I have an indoor bike that I use but primarily it’s running. I like to use my treadmill for speed sessions and for joining groups on Zwift. My children keep me pretty active.

Any racing tips to share?

I always warm up pre-race. I normally do a couple miles for example. It’s helpful to run the last mile or two of the race so you know what kind of finish you need to save for and where you can pick up the pace.

Adam Holland at Exeter Marathon
How do you get through those hard moments in a race?

I don’t think about that, I just focus on getting it done.

What does your training look like?

I don’t have a coach so training is hit and miss throughout the year especially having to get up at 4am for work. There is no specific training plan I follow, I try to fit training around my family. If I know I have a hilly race coming up, I’ll train on hills. If I want a sub 3 marathon I’ll train to ensure I can comfortably hit a 1.20 / 1.25 half-marathon. That’s as scientific as it gets. 

What are your goals for next year?

I’m going to be Race Director for the Great Barrow Challenge for the first time. If I can get enough volunteers to help I’d like to run it with the aim of beating the record (which I currently hold) for the fastest 10 marathons in 10 days. Why not come and join the event?

I’d also like to do some ultras in Scotland now we’re living here and some of the races on the Orkney islands.

Quick fire questions:

Pre-race meal?  Cheese toasty, cookies or ‘weetabix’

Post race treat? Chocolate bar and a can of coke

Favourite shoes? Any that fit and preferably light.

Any special diet you follow? A see food diet, whatever and whenever I see or fancy.

Overarching goal? To represent England in the V35 for the marathon or half-marathon and to win a backyard ultra.

Road or trail? I enjoy both

Running music choice? Modern country

Proudest moment? They’re all proud moments; each is the proudest moment at that point in time then I like to look to the next. I’m also proud of the school talks I’ve given this year to motivate the younger generation and in helping Marathon Kids UK.

 

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Adam Tango Holland
Adam Tango Holland
Extreme endurance runner. Completed John O’ Groats to Lands End. Multiple Guinness World Record Holder.

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