Africa Marathons Coach - Nick Bester

Nick Bester

Africa Marathons Coach


Nick is a South African runner living in London. 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 Comrades in 2023. He was part of Team Africa Marathons' Comrades 2022 team and helped all 33 of our runners complete the race in under the 12 hour cut off!

He has completed many other international marathons and is aiming for the Abbots Medal by completing all six marathon majors. His most recent, the Berlin Marathon, he finished in an amazing time of 2h 20mins 8 secs. 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

February 27, 2023

Fall In Love With Running All Over Again

As running fanatics, we all know the “runners high” that comes from endorphins. It’s exhilarating, isn’t it? In LOVE with […]
January 31, 2023

Running Tips from Coach Nick Bester

We trust everyone has gotten off to a flying start this year with resolutions and that you have all your […]
March 26, 2020

The 21-Day ‘AM’ Challenge with Nick Bester

Forming good habits is how we improve ourselves professionally, personally and physically.  The 21/90 rule says that you need to […]

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