A dad has become one of a small number of people worldwide to complete the World Marathon Majors - six runs across the globe.
Colin Robertson decided to take on the challenge while taking part in the New York Marathon in 2006 and saw a billboard for the event.
The World Marathon Majors started out as five marathons in New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and London. But just recently Tokyo was added.
Colin (52) had completed the five marathons by 2010, finishing with London.
But the determined dad-of-two wanted to complete the sixth one and crossed the finishing line in Tokyo last month.
Remarkably, Colin, a former policeman, has taken on the marathons despite having a full knee reconstruction.
He said: “I only found out that Tokyo was added last year and it was too late to do anything about it and all the places were taken.
“I was thinking I had done them all.
“Tokyo was phenomenal. It’s the cleanest city I have ever seen in my life. Everyone was so enthusiastic and smiley. It was run so efficiently.”
Colin is now one of around 37 World Marathon Majors Six Star Finishers. The retired Royal Mail senior manager, from Moodiesburn, has notched up an impressive 18 marathons in total, as well as half marathons, 10k and 5k events. This includes the Athens Marathon in 2010, where the course is based on the myth from which the race gained its name. Pheidippides, a messenger in Ancient Greece, ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over the Persians.
Colin added: “Doing the Marathon Majors is becoming the thing to do. I never set out to do it.
“From a personal point of view, my knee was beginning to break down so I set myself a target to do the World Marathon Majors.
“I don’t see myself as a runner and I’m not a member of a club.
“It’s been a fantastic experience. You have to have the inclination to keep up the training and there’s the affordability aspect too.
“I used some of my money from my voluntary redundancy and put it towards the runs. It’s allowed me to run and see places I would not have necessarily seen.
“It’s the best way to see a city. It’s there to be done.”
Colin is now taking a well deserved rest, although his wife Heather has nominated him as to carry the Commonwealth Games baton through the area so he may be pulling his trainers on again soon.