At The Finish Line With…Nick Lindsay

Tell us a bit about your running history

Well I’ve been ‘running’ since my distant student days in Bristol, but that was mainly to contain student excesses and keep in reasonable shape for the squash court. Once my squash career was curtailed through injury my running combined with swimming (for fitness) and MTB cycling for fun led me into the world of triathlon.

Nick trying to remember where he’s left his bike…

When and how did you start running for OS Runners?

On day two of my OS career Mick Anglim discovered my triathlon background and signed me up to OS Runners…..

How often do you train and what sessions do you do outside of the club?

I train 12-15 hours a week, mixing swim, bike & run sessions. I do struggle with rest days, but try and ease up every fourth day. The variety of training means you can rest certain muscle groups, double sessions combining a run and swim work well.

Which is more satisfying… going for a training run or running a race?

Well it depends on your targets, train to stay fit or train to compete. There is nothing better than a dawn or dusk trail run, or open water swim. But after a while you need a race to give your training a focus. Those hard training mile then give the mental confidence to keep pushing in an event.

What is your running highlight so far?

In terms of pure running highlights, beating my father’s half marathon PB. He passed away some years ago & often joked no one would go faster. In 2014 my winter training had gone well & I was injury free so signed up for a couple of halfs, thinking the ‘Lindsay’ record might be on. At the Bath Half the race went really well, and I knew a PB was possible. The last mile is a bit of a drag until a left turn into the home straight. As I started to tire, I reached out to Dad and asked him to see me home, and it felt like he was running with me, magic. New PB at 01:31 and new Lindsay record 😊

What are your future running goals?

Well I’d like to tackle the Clarendon marathon (, a much loved trail running event that Mark Stileman usually dominates! Having completed the half with JK, it would be great to tackle all those hills from Salisbury to Winchester. But to be honest my real focus is to stay injury free to hopefully, may be next year, take on a full Ironman – Swim 3.8k, bike 180k & run 42k….. OMG…….


What’s the most valuable piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?

There’s two gems that have helped me:

  • nutrient & hydration are key to any distance that will take over 90 minutes – fuel your race.
  • Stay flexible – so yoga and an active stretching regime really do extend your active miles.

Where do you like to run and have you anywhere particularly memorable?

Trail running along the Itchen Canal into Winchester – go early or late though to avoid the walkers…..

Do you have any running experiences you’d care to forget?

Bit embarrassing working for a national mapping agency and losing the trail route on the Dorset Invader half Marathon…. Managed to retrace my steps though…..

Do you have any other passionate interests?

Open Water swimming – fantastic experience in the fresh air that takes you to some lovely places – Brownsea Island, Studland Bay. This year I’m training for a 10k river swim in September along the River Dart 😊

Finally, which other OS Runner do you most admire?

Well there are so many to choose from…… Viv ‘healing hands’ for her passion to understand how the human body functions and apply this knowledge to get more proficient at running. Baz (born again runner), three years successive progression from So’ton 10k, to the half and this year to complete the first So’ton marathon. Matt (going for a new PB) Pillinger, great to see your dedication to nailing times and finally claiming that sub 3:30 marathon.  And lastly all those newbie runners who have come through the 5k & 10 training programmes, welcome to a world of lycra, sweat, medal bling and fab experiences! But for me personally, my OS Runners idol would have to be Mick Anglim; if I can maintain his enthusiasm and keep delivering awesome results well into retirement then life will be just fine….