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Wolverhampton Marathon 2016: Kristian wins with personal best on return to home town

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"To win, in a new PB, in Wolverhampton, and for my 100th marathon is a pretty nice day."

That is how Kristian Morgan summed up returning to his home town and finishing top of the pile in yesterday's Carver Wolverhampton Marathon.

The 39-year-old personal trainer started his marathon career back in 2000 – entering the event after he saw it advertised in the Express & Star.

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Since then the running bug has really bitten the former St Edmund's Catholic Academy student, who has completed four 100-mile ultra-marathons in recent years and also spent six months training in Ethiopia.

Personal trainer Mr Morgan, who now lives in London, said he always hoped to return to where it began to chalk up his century of completed marathons.

He has emerged victorious in his past three marathons in the past three weekends – culminating in topping the podium yesterday in his fastest ever time.

Mr Morgan said: "To win the 98th, 99th and 100th is pretty sweet.

"I got a PB today as well after 100 marathons which is amazing.

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"Before today I was given some advice to keep a cool head – and that's what I did.

"This was my first marathon back in 2000 and I finished in 4 hours 40 something – then came back today and did 2 hours 50.

"It just shows that if you train regularly you can still get faster aged 39 and get a a PB.

"To win, in a new PB, in Wolverhampton, and for my 100th marathon is a pretty nice day."

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Now he has completed a century of marathons he said he might scale back how regularly he completes the distance.

Mr Morgan said: "Now I'm going to concentrate on quality rather than quantity as I've got to 100.

"There are a few 100-mile ones in America I would like to enter."

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