My name is Nigel Stirk, Firefighter by profession and currently I am ranked highly in the UK for the Marathon for senior men and over 35's.
I have a personal best for the Marathon of 2 hrs 26 mins 21 secs of which I acheived in this years London Marathon (2011) where I finished 40th. As this was only my fifth attempt at the distance, I am hoping to run vastly quicker in this years Dublin Marathon.
I took up running nearly 30 years ago, and along the way I have gained a wealth of experience of training and racing from 1500m on the track to a marathon including fell and cross-country running.
Still a member of the famous Tipton Harriers, I have been coached and received advice by some of the best coaches in the UK, and competed in top class races all over the world.
Here you will find useful training/racing tips, not only for complete beginners wanting to keep fit, but also for the elite runner hoping to gain success.
Running Personal Bests and achievements:
1500m - 3:50.1
3000m - 8:10
5000m - 14:12
10,000m - 30:55
5 miles - 24:07
10k - 30:15
7 miles - 35;10
Half Marathon - 67:21
Full Marathon - 2:26.21
Former Midland Junior 5000m champ
GB U-23 Representative
Former Leicestershire County Champ (800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m)
Midlands Representative (road, track and cross-country)
Represented England clubs in Euro Clubs Cross Country (3 times)
Numerous National Champion with Tipton Harriers (Road and Cross-country)
Current National Marathon and Half Marathon team champs.
Former World Firefighter Games 5000m Champion
3 times National Fire Service Cross-country Champion.