Jim Meta

Brathay 10in10 Support Team

I am a retired train driver from Leeds. I got into running to get fit so I could pass my railway medical at 40! Before that I had run a marathon in my 20's and said ‘never again’. But because I had done so poorly I had to have another try. My aim was complete one in under 4 hours and I kept going until that happened. By then I was hooked!

I was never sporty at school, but no one cared how fast I ran so I kept on running until in 2008 I ran the ASICS Windermere Marathon. This was when I came across the 10in10ers. Amazed at how people could push themselves to the limit I thought I would try it at some point. I was accepted in 2010 and was really pleased to finish. It's the hardest thing I have ever done. But, I went back in 2012 for another try, and it was even harder. In 2016 I tried again, but it beat me and saw me retiring on day five because of injuries.

I have also completed Ironman distance Triathlons, a swimming 5k and a few multi day running events, proving you are never too old to start. The two tandem sky dives for charity were ace, but unfortunately my ears didn't agree and I haven't been able to do anymore.

I achieved all of this after turning 50, which was my midlife crisis, and I'm taking it into my 60's!!

Experience

  • 1982: Leeds Marathon (first marathon)
  • 1997: London Marathon
  • 2006: London Marathon
  • 2007: Tandem Skydive
  • 2008: ASICS Windermere Marathon
  • 2008: New York Marathon
  • 2010: Brathay 10in10
  • 2010: Ironman Canada
  • 2011: Marathon des Sables
  • 2011: Ironman Canada
  • 2012: Brathay 10in10
  • 2012: Ironman Canada
  • 2014: New York Marathon
  • 2016: Brathay 10in10 (retired during fifth marathon due to injury)