The 2009 Guernsey Marathon took place on 30 August and was attended by 300 participants with an additional 252 runners in the relay race. This was the first marathon to take place on the island of Guernsey for 17 years and, as good fortune would have it, coincided with the 100th anniversary of the first marathon in 1909. The course was verified by UK Athletics in July and the 26 mile, 385 yard course was given a Certificate of Course Accuracy.

Runners were taken from the start at Footes Lane, St Peter Port clockwise through 9 of Guernsey's 10 Parishes and taking in Guernsey's highest point of 343 feet. The finish was on the track at the Footes Lane stadium. The male winner was Stephen Dawes with a time of 02:43:54 and the female winner was Heather Foundling with a time of 03:00:50.

The event's title sponsor was Sportingbet and they also sponsored the trophies given to the first Guernsey runner and the first Channel Island runner. All participants received an engraved medal, t-shirt and goodie bag.

Three charities benefited from fundraising and sponsorship; Headway Guernsey who offers support to people and families suffering the long term effects of brain injury; Hope for Guernsey, part of the Wessex Medical Research Trust and Mines Awareness Trust whose aim is to clear land mines from countries affected by war. caught up with Horst Preisler at the Guernsey Marathon.

Born in 1935, Horst Preisler has been described as 'the most prolific marathon runner'. He has been the only person to complete 1000 marathons which he did when he ran the Berlin Marathon in 2000. Since then he has averaged 38 marathons a year; no mean feat for someone in their 70's!

You only have to Google Horst Preisler and his name will appear in marathons across the globe. He seems to have devoted his life to running around the world.

Horst was very generous with his time in talking to one of our photographers at the Guernsey Marathon in August this year.

We asked him what time he thought he would complete the Guernsey Marathon in. He said he is asked this question frequently, but won't commit to a time as he doesn't want to disappoint.

On being asked why he runs marathons, his reply was, "Because I want to promote the sport of running".

Horst has a philosophical approach and when asked how long he thought he might continue to run marathons, he said, "I don't know, only God knows. I will carry on until he stops me."

The total number of marathons and ultra marathons completed by Horst to date is almost 1800 and, including training, he has covered an estimated 200,000 kilometres on foot.

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