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Marathon will be no joke for Nestor


ON SUNDAY broadcaster and comedian Eddie Nestor, along with thousands of other runners, will take part in the gruelling London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.

Here, he gives Rodney Hinds an insight to just what’s required to tackle the ultimate challenge.

RH: What has been the hardest part about your training regime?

EN: The discipline. You have to put in the work. Once you get to the gym it is fun, even the pain, but it is so easy, particularly when you are having a session on your own to just say ‘I can’t be bothered.’

The other difficult thing is the eating. I have a very sweet tooth. Mars bars, fizzy drinks and Chinese take-aways are my favourites.

I can’t wait ‘til I cross the line and mash up some ribs, with some crispy duck and special fried rice! I am dribbling just thinking about it.

RH: Have you at any stage thought about pulling out of the race?

EN: The funny thing is that not running the race has never been an option. It is fairly well documented that I was meant to run the race five years ago and got ill.

Even though I could have died, Robbie Gee still tells me that it was an excuse. My knee got really badly swollen about three weeks ago, just as we were about to do a 15 miler.

I have been having intensive treatment since then. I told the sports masseurs and the osteopaths that if they were going to tell me not to run it I would see someone else. Ignorant I know, but I have to do it. I have to. You don’t understand how it makes me feel.

It is like if I complete it, the cancer thing will disappear from my head forever. I know that is probably nonsense but I never thought I would run it until I interviewed Michael Watson and he got to me. He was a lot more sick than I was and he did it. The man is an inspiration.

RH: Will it be a life-long ambition to take part in the Marathon?

EN: Yes. It is on my bucket list, along with doing a degree and doing the Knowledge.

RH: What support have you had from family and friends?

EN: To tell you the truth it has been amazing. The pep talks, the ribbing the fish. Goodness how I have come to love sea bass. As well as friends and family a special mention to those at BBC London as they have been fantastic. They think I am going to cry like a baby when I get to the finish line and if that happens, its money in the bank for them.

RH: Have you got a finish time in your head for Sunday?

EN: The training was going so well that Dave McQueen, the monster who has been training me, thought we could go for around four hours 30 minutes, but the knee situation means we have had to change the mindset to just finishing.

RH: What advice could you give to others that intend, to one day, tackle the same challenge

EN: Don’t! No seriously, do it early don’t wait ‘til you get to my age. It hurts. Getting up in the morning hurts but I can now get into a 32 inch waist trousers and I have lost three stone in weight. It is great; the way I feel and think have added years to my life.

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