Clocking a new personal best (pb) is the only thing on the mind of Newmarket Joggers member Nicky Chapman ahead of Sunday’s Brighton Marathon.
In what will be her second appearance in the 26.2 mile race, and third full marathon overall, the 33-year-old has made it her mission to dip under her current pb time of three hours 56 minutes set in the corresponding race 12 months ago.
Judging by her efforts so far this year, which include a new pb of one hour 39 minutes, over the half marathon set in this year’s Cambridge Half Marathon, the hairdresser is well on course to achieve her goal.
“There have been people at the club throwing around times for myself but all I would like to do is better last year’s time,” said Chapman.
“People have said I should be looking at finishing around the three hour 45 minute mark, and some have teased me that I should finish in three-and-a-half hours, but I would be happy with anything under the three hours 56 minute mark.”
To give herself the best possible chance of improving on last year’s time, Chapman, who works at town hair salon Venus Hair and Beauty, has taken a slightly different route with her training tactics.
“I have been a bit more sensible with my running this year,” said Chapman.
“If I have been tired I have not gone out running, but instead saved my energy up for another time, while I have also run a lot more competitive races as opposed to running on my own, which has helped.
“In addition I’ve done a lot of pilates which has made a big difference as it has strengthened my core muscle which has made me run more upright when I am feeling tired.”
One thing Chapman is positive that will not recur on Sunday are the events which took place during the 2012 Virgin Money London Marathon, her first ever marathon.
“I made the problem of not cooling myself off and in the end I just got hotter and hotter and collapsed around the 25-mile mark,” said Chapman.
“After I had been attended to by paramedics for around and an hour-and-a-half I walked the last mile and a bit.
“Last year, before Brighton, I was a little bit nervous as I didn’t want it to happen again.
“But this year I feel much more prepared so now I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I have get a good result.”
Chapman will be joined in the race by fellow Joggers Kevin Connolly, Justin Long and Lisa Redman. Katie Margarson, assistant trainer to her dad George will also compete in the race in and around the Sussex town.