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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@therunnerphysio Ever found yourself struggling with niggles, fatigue, illness or anything else above? These are some of the signs that you may be over training, particularly if this is coupled with under fueling too 🤔
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Getting the balance right in training can be difficult because to gain improvements in fitness and performance, we need progression and to be challenged. But this can’t be done in every session and we need to incorporate easy sessions too to help get the balance right on our bodies. We also need adequate recovery (rest, sleep and optimal nutrition) in between sessions to ensure we aren’t over doing it and to get the maximum gains from training. 
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If you have experienced any of these signs, I have put my blog on signs and consequences of over training in my bio, which I hope you find helpful to read.
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Do you always feel you get the balance right in your training and recovery or have you ever struggled with over training before?
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MASSIVE GOOD LUCK THIS MORNING TO OUR AMAZING COAC MASSIVE GOOD LUCK THIS MORNING TO OUR AMAZING COACH @justalilbester RUNNING IN THE @runningcheshire ELITE MARATHON 🥳🥳🥳🏃🏻‍♂️🇿🇦🇬🇧

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• @justalilbester Opportunities like this don’t come around often.. So when they do, you gotta take them and run!!🤞🏻 🏃‍♂️ 
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Not much more to say than a balls to the wall effort it’s going to be!
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7 and a half laps of giving it all I’ve got and leaving nothing out there!
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Yes it’s going to be tough.
Yes it’s going to hurt.
Yes I haven’t pushed myself to these levels for over a year and a half 😅
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But I am ready to give it my best shot and leave nothing out there!! 🎯 
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Good luck to all racing 👊🏻 let’s make this opportunity count!!
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Event though there’s no supporters allowed on the route, I know there’s lots of people backing me 🙌🏻 appreciate it always and trust me, it hits home! First official marathon representing @best.athletics 🔵⚪️
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Thanks helping me pick my kit 😉 I actually quite like this combo! 🇿🇦
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