Africa Marathons Coach - Nick Bester

Nick Bester

Africa Marathons Coach


Nick is currently a 30-year old South African runner living in London where he’s been based for the last 4 years. He is a full-time coach and we are proud to have Nick on board as our Africa Marathons Coach.

He initially got into running by committing to do the Comrades Marathon in 2014. After finishing in a time of 7h 14min and managing to get a silver medal in his first Comrades (down run), he wanted to train a little harder and have one more years’ experience to tackle the Comrades Marathon (up run). He took this challenge on and completed his second Comrades (up run) in a time of 6h 58min. The challenge wasn’t over and he knew he could get faster so he was back the following year (down run) and finished in a time of 6h 28min, finishing 73rd overall.

Comrades is in his blood and Nick is planning to be back to run the 100th year run in 2021. He has completed many other international marathons and is aiming for the Abbots Medal by completing all six majors.

His last 23 marathons have all been sub-3 hours with his most recent Berlin Marathon finish a very respectable 2h 29min. You can catch all his running tips and coaching insights right here on Africa Marathons or visit his website on www.justalilbester.com. He’s excited and looking forward to working with the Africa Marathons team on achieving each runner’s goals. Feel free to email him on [email protected].

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Race Stories

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The 21-Day ‘AM’ Challenge with Nick Bester

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March 24, 2020

Coach Nick Bester’s Morning Exercise Routine

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March 22, 2020

Bester’s Best Running Tips During Self-isolation

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Read our physio, Gemma's blog about Signs and Consequences of Over Training in Runners. 😁

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With Vic Fall marathon coming next week Sunday we thought we would ask Coach Nick his pre-race secret. 🤩

What is your pre-race secret? 
"My secret.. Are you ready.. Okay here it is! I have a race song for every race I run. I’ll listen to this in the build up to the race as well as on race day. It helps me mentally set and prepare for what’s to come." - Nick Bester

Check out more about Coach Nick on our website: https://www.africamarathons.com/coach/

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