The return of marathon man Maddison

Maddison with his children Logan, Layton and Lyla.
Maddison with his children Logan, Layton and Lyla.

“Finishing this one will be more about my heart and mind than my legs.”

That was Nick Maddison’s opinion as he prepares to take on the Gloucester Marathon, the latest of his 28-event programme over a 14-month period.

To raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and to honour the memory of his grandfather Norman Sculthorpe, he has been taking on marathons, 10ks and endurance races since March last year.

With 10 events left, you could say he is entering the home straight.

But now is where the marathons, ultra marathons and 50-milers come almost weekly.

And there’s one problem... Maddison has just returned from a two-week break from training, because of a back injury.

“I just started training for ultra marathons and I got injured,” said Maddison, pictured with his kids Logan, Lyla and Layton.

“It’s not an ideal preparation. I was hoping for a personal best, but this one could be more about just getting the job done.

“People have told me I won’t do it. But this is one year of my life.

“Compared to what my grandad did for me and what people with Alzheimer’s go through, this is nothing.”

Gloucester (January 20) will be Maddison’s fourth marathon since he began his fundraising adventure.

He has already raised more than £1,000, but is hoping the coffers will continue to swell. To sponsor Maddison, log on to