You beast! Now for the ultra races and marathons for Nick Maddison

Nick, with kids Logan, Layton and Lyla.
Nick, with kids Logan, Layton and Lyla.

On Saturday, Boston’s Nick Maddison conquered on the Spartan Beast.

With its wall climbs, fire jumps and barbed wire crawls, the 12-mile event at Kent’s Brands Hatch circuit is called the ‘obstacle race from Hell’.

But for Maddison (who finished in 2hrs 15mins), this is just the latest in a year-long programme of endurance races where he is pushing his body to limit.

Over the period of 14 months he will take on 28 challenges - ranging from 10k runs to obstacle races to marathons.

Many spend a year training religiously to take on the Spartan Beast. For Maddison, it follows the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race, and will be a nice warm-up for the Gloucester Marathon in January.

“I don’t turn up just to finish, I turn up to compete,” said the Albert Street resident, who is taking each event extremely seriously.

“Slowly and surely I’m getting better and better.”

His challenges began in March, and there will be no rest until April.

Maddison will finish his pursuits with two stamina-testing events.

He will run the Boston to Lincoln cycle route and back - a round trip of 70 miles - and then take on the 52-mile London to Brighton cycle route.

Maddison works shifts at Metsa Wood, so sometimes he has to fit in an 18-mile training run before he starts a shift.

But he is being aided in his quest by sponsors who are helping him fund entry fees and travelling costs to events around the country.

Lori Borbely at Newton Fallowell, Jez Elmer and the Fendyke family are backing him, while his dad is his aid on race days.

The punishing schedule may be enough to make many quit.

But Nick Maddison has a reason not to give up, he is raising cash for the Alzheimers Society, in memory of his grandad Norman Sculthorpe, who died earlier this year.

“Seeing my granddad suffer made me want to do something,” he said.

“If I start to feel tired on a race, I think about how my grandad suffered. It just makes me more determined.”

To date, he has raised £1,200 for the cause.

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