My name is Nick Barton, I am proud to be the Men’s Captain at Rochdale Harriers & AC and Race Director for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon & 10k. I have always run a little, but it wasn’t until my mid thirties that I started to take it reasonably seriously and I am now going in to my eighth year as a Rochdale Harrier.

When I joined the club, I soon set my eyes on some targets, a sub 20 minute 5k, a sub 40 minute 10k, a sub 90 minute half marathon and a sub 3 hour marathon. The sub 20 minute 5k took six months, the 10k and the half marathon followed two months after that, the marathon however has proved somewhat more elusive.

I have not had an attempt at the marathon since Manchester in April 2013, in this blog I hope to record my journey to marathon readiness and hopefully a serious attempt at running sub-3 in Edinburgh in May 2018.

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