Episode 53

Marathon running at 40 and almost exercising himself to death - Nick Samuels

Published on: 26th March, 2021

Nick Samuels is the endurance athlete who almost ran himself to death. He's also an old friend of the remarkable winner of today's(26th March)Olympic Trials for the marathon, Chris Thompson.

Chris booked his place for Tokyo at the age of 39 four days after becoming a father. Nick lived with Chris in Halls of Residence at Loughborough many years ago and pays tributes to coming through the tough times to get to his second Olympic Games.

Nick talks about improvements with age in endurance sport.

We then talk about Nick's story. He's a Former world and European Duathlon Champion but 18 months ago he found himself in hospital with a condition that ended his career. It's an astonishing story.

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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.