It's that time of year again for one of the world’s six major marathon championships.
This Sunday it will be the 37th London Marathon, where the likes of Sir Mo Farah will be battling out with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele for first place in the Men’s Elite competition, While in the Women’s Elite race the favourite Mary Keitany will be attempting to break Paula Radcliffe’s world record marathon time.
Most people know a fitness fanatic who’s always out running throughout the year and they may post a time where we’ll think to ourselves “Wow, did they really run it that fast?” We also amuse ourselves at the lunatics who run the 26 miles in some form of costume, Surely Bernie Clifton on his emu is now a national treasure? But all raise fantastic amounts of money for one of many worthwhile causes.
For 44-year-old mother-of-two Nicola McGlinchey, of Glenfield, this year’s London Marathon means so much to her. Not only has she never ran a half-marathon prior to receiving confirmation of her ballot place, her training involved running in all manner of weathers through the bleak winter months.