An Orion Harrier Running Club member is set to join 1300 amateur athletes to have completed six of the Abbot’s Marathon World Majors later this month.

Adam Baker travelled to Japan last weekend to compete in the Tokyo marathon this Sunday after already completing the London, Boston, New York, Chicago and Berlin races.

The 45-year-old could also be in with a shout of entering the top-30 fastest combined times in the world if he achieves a personal best of 2.48.03.

When asked what inspired him to join this elite group, he said: “I am a massive long distance runner.

“Just to do be able to complete something like that is something special. It is an incredible thing to do.”

The self-employed property investor also admitted he is not going to shy away from the challenge of entering the top-30 and wants to relish the experience.

“I should be able to run a sub-three hour marathon. I am going back to New York in November to try and finish that one under three hours also,” said Baker.

“I do not feel there is any reason why I cannot achieve that. As long as I have done the right preparation and run the race in the right way I will enter the top-30.

“In Tokyo, I will be running against some of the best runners in the world. I just love running and travelling around the world and it is something I just love to do.”

Travelling to Japan will also be another tick crossed off on the travel list for the athlete as it has been a life-long plan to visit the country.

Baker said: “ I have always wanted to visit Japan and Tokyo. I love travelling as it is very exciting to see some wonderful things in different countries.

“It is really hard to get into the marathon in Tokyo so I am proud to be able to have gained an entry spot for the race on the 26th.”

People can take months and months to prepare for one marathon, but Baker has the added bonus of having the Chingford-based running club to attend.

He explained: “Being in the Orion Harriers is a massive help. It is competitive. We all want to beat one another’s times.

“Parkruns are also a great thing. But with the club it makes me want to get out of my bed on a Sunday to compete in the likes of the Cross County League competition.

“The best thing about running is the more you put into it the better you will become. It is not a sport where the more you do it, it will make you worse.

“You can get better by running more. The club is great to be a part off as everyone goes for it.”