Nick’s looking forward to his first – and possibly last - marathon

Nick Wheeler will take on 2018's Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon after being inspired by his son who tackled the event whilst battling cancer in 2016.

Nick Wheeler will take on his first marathon this Sunday at the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon after being inspired by his son who took on the popular Yorkshire event whilst battling cancer.

It will be the consultant structural engineer’s first crack at a marathon.

In the summer of 2012 Nick’s son, Jonathon, then aged 23 and studying for a Master’s Degree at the Royal Academy, was diagnosed with cancer. After lengthy treatment, he recovered and was keen to help a cancer charity which had supported him during his illness.

Nick, who lives in Knaresborough with his wife, Heather, and also has a daughter, Claire, said: “During his treatment he received tremendous support from a cancer charity and decided to raise money for them by running the Yorkshire Marathon, which he did in 2016.  Our son-in-law, Phil Boynton, ran with him to give him moral support and has since gone on to run the Manchester Marathon in a time of 2 hours 47 minutes.”

The families of Jonathon and Phil turned out to watch the lads tackle the Yorkshire Marathon.

Nick said: “The event is great for spectators since we could watch them running at four different locations and keep track of them on our mobile phones.  We had a fun time and it inspired me to take up running in order to attempt the marathon myself.

“After a difficult start (I kept pulling muscles) I persevered and put my name down for this year’s marathon.  I have run three half marathons to date and enjoyed them tremendously so I am looking forward to going for the full one now.”

While he has enjoyed the training, Nick admits his first marathon could well be his last.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed pushing myself to gradually run further and further. The downside is the amount of time that it takes up and I can’t afford to do this on a regular basis. I think my marriage might suffer if I did!”

Asked what he was most looking forward to about the marathon, Nick said: “Several things.  Testing myself to see if I can do it.  The atmosphere with the crowds cheering us on.  The scenery as we run the course. And, most of all, finishing!”

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