Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

Eight-times marathon runner, including London in 2015 and now Snowdonia. Still chasing that elusive sub-4 hour time!

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Great Scot

They say not to meet your heroes in life for fear of disappointment, but that absolutely wasn’t the case when I attended a Great Run forum the other week to listen to a Q&A with distance running experts including the legendary Liz McColgan. The eve...

A good bad day

No doubt about it, the Greater Manchester Marathon is a terrific event.  Not the most scenic or inspiring route, but all the colour and personality comes from the wonderful people who line the streets and cheer you on. For support, it’s about as close a...

Mad for it

Tomorrow morning the Manchester marathon will finally be underway.  Time to put 16 weeks of training into practice and have a third go at the infamous ’26 point 2’. Looking back at the updates I’ve posted along the way I fear some have come across as a ...

Taper tantrums

I read a great article the other week about ‘taper madness’ as a phenomenon and I can relate to pretty much everything it said. Your mind and body find it hilarious to play all sorts of nasty tricks on you as you start to wind the miles back.  For some ...

Super Stafford

Take it easy, they said.  You don’t want to risk an injury, they warned.  You need to start tapering now, they reminded me. Sorry…not listening!  It’s 10am on a gusty Sunday morning and I’ve got my race face on for my first event of the year, the Staffo...

The long game

It’s nearly time to start tapering ahead of Manchester, but before then I have one little challenge left to tackle.  This Sunday is the Stafford Half Marathon, a race I’ve done for the last four years in a row and always thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s usuall...

Hitting 20 again

Miles that is, not my age.  I’d love to be, what with a certain big birthday involving the number ‘4’ looming, but 20 was the number I hit on last weekend’s long run. It wasn’t meant to be a 20 miler.  I did 16 the weekend before, so this was supposed t...

Completely resistible

“What is that smell?  It’s vile.”  A delightful morning greeting to receive from your wife.  Nice to see you too, darling! But she had a point.  My choice of cologne for the day was Eau de Deep Heat and it isn’t a particularly pleasant or attractive sce...

Testing my resolve

It’s 7pm, I’ve had a long day at work, the temperature has dropped close to zero and I can hear the wind howling at the window and rattling the fence panels in the garden. Yeah, I really want to put my trainers on and go for a run right now!?!  I’m sure...

Glorious mud?

Normal service is almost resumed in that I’ve shaken off the worst of the winter germs and am pretty much done coughing and spluttering, for now at least – let’s hope it stays that way. It didn’t stop me putting in the mileage and I’ve stuck to my progr...

The downside of winter training

Normally you won’t hear complaints from me about programmes that span the cold winter months. I don’t mind going out in the dark, digging out the thermals and popping on my gloves.  If anything, it gives me that extra incentive to push a little harder, ...

Desperately seeking stability

I’ve been on a quest these past few weeks to try and find my perfect running partner.  Someone who is strong, supportive, hard-wearing, quick and, above all, comforting.  And they need to be a size 8. For many years I’ve ran in Asics, but was getting th...

Guess who’s back

As the famous song goes, two out of three ‘aint bad.  I’ve kept on top of my training and set myself a goal for the first half of 2017, it’s just the blog I’ve been tardy with these past few months. So apologies for the radio silence.  New Year, new sta...

A few ups, and a big down

The ‘down’ is a very literal one in terms of this blog update.  Down the stairs, to be precise.  Not a whole flight, I hasten to add, but enough to break my big toe and put paid to any plans I had for running an autumn marathon this year. The ‘ups’ are...

I wasn’t expecting that

Here’s a slightly belated race report on last month’s Stafford Half Marathon – and it comes with a very unexpected PB alert! Proud to say I’ve shaved another 40s off my previous best, which was from last year’s Stafford half, and bagged a 1:42:54. I d...

Mine’s a half

A belated happy New Year to all you Buzzers.  I hope those of you lucky enough to have VMLM places are well into your training schedules and clocking up some decent mileage.   Hard to believe this time last year that was me!  Heading out in all weather,...

Bouncing Back in Birmingham

Now that was a nice way to end the season!  On Sunday I raced in my fourth Birmingham half marathon (AKA the Great Birmingham Run) and I’m pleased to report a good time was had by all.   After the ups and downs of the Chester Marathon and the emotional...

Challenging Chester

How do Buzzers generally like to celebrate crossing the finishing line after a race?  A selfie with your medal?  A high five with your mates?  A hug with your family?  A cheeky pint in the nearest pub?   In my case on Sunday it was a trip to see those f...

Ale be fine!

I’m not sure going to a boozy wedding held in a brewery with food served from a fish and chip van qualifies as recommended marathon prep, but that’s how I spent my last weekend before embarking on my second attempt at 26.2 miles!   That said, it was a ...

Business as usual

Hard to believe, but the Chester marathon is now only four and a bit weeks away.  It really has crept up on me, quite the contrast to London when the event seemed to be on my mind pretty much every waking hour (and a good few while I slept as well!).   ...

Let’s go round again

I may not have posted much since proudly crossing the London finish line way back in April, but rest assured the feet have not been as idle as the hands!   That’s because I’m now seven weeks into another 16 week marathon programme – yes, another maratho...