Hugh Jones has the course record

The men’s course record has been held, since 1983, by Great Britain’s Hugh Jones, who won in 2:11.37 from a high quality field which included three of the top eight placers in the World Championship Marathon later that year.

Hugh was the first British winner of London Marathon and he returned to Stockholm to win again in 1992 and finish second in 1993. He continued to run marathons until 2010 when he participated in the 2500 year celebration of the original Marathon race in Athens. His experience of running 80 international marathons led to the book, Marathons of the World, a must for all runners who love to travel.

Today Hugh is the Secretary of AIMS (Association of International Marathons) and an accredited road race course measurer, who checks that a course is measured accurately to international standards. (Appropriately this is done using a device called a ’Jones counter’.) Since Hugh can never resist an invitation to visit Stockholm, the course you will run on 31 May has been measured by the course record holder himself!