Firefighter Nick Williams from Appledore fire station in Devon plans to run the London Marathon again this year despite promising 'never again' after last year's run.

Nick explains: "Last year I ran my first marathon for the Fire Fighters Charity, the experience was amazing and painful in equal measures, although the pain probably more so! I had two objectives to raise a certain amount for the charity, and to beat the time my brother did many years ago.

"Well I exceeded the fundraising and collected just under £2,000, as for the sibling rivalry, my brother's still gloating. At about 18 miles severe cramp set in and I could do nothing but get round any way I could, my four hour target turned into five hours and 42mins. If that wasn't bad enough Pingu the penguin overtook me on the finish line.

"Now having sworn I would never do it again the recurring nightmare of Pingu's fury flipper pushing me aside has become impossible to live with, so I plan to give it another try.

"This year's training has gone really well, I am up to 18 miles now, with two more increases to 22 miles to achieve before the big day on the 22 April."

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Posted March 14th, 2012 at 0830 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: