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Neil runs the London Marathon 2015 for CHICKs

Some of you may not know but Neil used to be an professional international athlete, representing Great Britain across the globe. 

His best time for running the 'mile' in competition was 3 mins and 55 secs but since he hung up his trainers, well to be frank - he's let himself go a bit.

So after an invitation for Neil set off the Santa Sprint for CHICKS in Callington last year, Tim Bunting paid a visit to the studio to re-issue the invite for 2014, and this time there was an extra little invitation!

As Neil's about to turn 40, he was cajoled by Tina to accept!

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Neil's marathon is over for 2015

17th February 2015

After a training run 10 days ago, in which Neil finished the event hobbling, he's been on crutches ever since.

Yesterday, physio Aaron took a look at his injury and this was the prognosis

Sad faces... especially for CHICKS but we'll be working with them through this year - and despite the fact that Tina offered to replace Neil, or to push Neil round in a wheelchair, the security rules won't allow it, so all that can be done is defer the place until 2016.

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Posted by Tina Bessell at 12:27pm


10th February 2015

CrutchesAfter a week off work and some training runs under his belt, there was an expectation that Neil would be fighting fit for his marathon training, until Tina fell over Neil's crutches.

Neil explains what happened.


So, at the moment, Neil's marathon training for CHICKS is currently on pause....with 75 days still to go.

Maybe Neil could do a marathon like this man? 

Handstand marathon


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Posted by Tina Bessell at 1:22pm

I completed a marathon

2nd February 2015

Neil's bike challengeOk, well it was on an exercise bike but at least it kept me busy (and out of trouble) on Friday's show. Thanks Tina!!

So after allowing my sore arse to have a rest yesterday it was back on with the kit today and more miles under the belt. Not wanting to talk too soon but something seemed to click today and everything felt easier! I glided OVER the muddy fields rather than dragging myself through them and I had a lot left in me even after I'd finished. I know there are lots more tiring, painful and sore training days ahead though...but as for today, I'll take it!

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Posted by Tina Bessell at 7:31am

Bike Challenge

31st January 2015

From 6am on Friday's Show Neil embarked on his 26.2 miles or 42.2 km to cycle the distance of London Marathon - as part of his training programme.

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Posted by Tina Bessell at 10:23am


25th January 2015

250115 Procrastinating

In my job, procrastinating is the worst thing you can do. Over the years it becomes the norm to 'get it done now' and 'don't put it off until tomorrow'...but as for my London marathon training - I have become the worlds greatest procrastinator!

On Friday night my excuse was 'I'm too tired', Saturday morning's was 'I'll do it later' and Saturday afternoon's was 'it would be more effective to do it in the morning'. Well, Sunday morning arrived and I finally got out there...and it was brilliant. I pounded out a few miles around Respryn and Lanhydrock. The last time I did this route I literally bumped into a deer - we both stopped, stunned at being near to each other, and exchanged eye contact for what seemed like for ever! Unfortunately Doris the Deer wasn't out today to see how my running had improved - maybe next Saturday morning. Or next Saturday afternoon. Or Sunday morning......


Posted by Tina Bessell at 8:44pm


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