Lucozade Sport Super Six: BellyBoyBarnes (sub-3:00)

Introducing the first member of our Lucozade Sport Super Six… Nigel (aka BellyBoyBarnes).

Nigel’s goal is to run sub-3:00. He’s already clocked 3:02 and 3:04 (twice) in the past, but despite training harder and harder, he’s not yet broken the elusive three-hour barrier.

Nigel will be using our sub-3:00 Garmin-ready schedule (devised by former London Marathon winner Mike Gratton) as a basis for his training and will be mentored by Steve Smythe directly on this thread (starting January 5).

He’ll be posting his training progress on a regular basis, and feedback the fuel and hydration advice given to him by the team at Lucozade Sport so make sure you check back regularly to find out how he gets on.

You can read more about Nigel’s running background and goals by clicking on the article link at the top of the thread.

Good luck Nigel!



  • The very best of luck to you Nigel!

    As a former Super Six (Great North Run 2008) I know first hand how great the help and support of the Lucozade/RW team are. Together with Steve and Liz you have the best people to help you achieve your goal.

    I will be following your progress closely as I share your goal - although I will hopefully achieve mine a week earlier at the Lochaber Marathon.

    Congrats and once again - all the best. 

  • Hooray!  Go BellyBoy!

  • Good luck Belly Boy Barns. I'll help you with the long runs. You can do a few with me and Spikeyimage. Hope to be with you when you go sub 3.
  • hi saintjason

    thanks 4 your support and i hope u reach your goal with the lochaber marathon

    thank nigel

  • hi chris

    i was going 2 have a chat with u about the scehdule

    i think it wil be good for both of us and anyone else who would like 2 follow this

    i have not checked yet but i believe we should cut down on milage and do more quality work

    e g shorter faster races

  •   Hello Belly boy Barnes

     Good luck for your sub 3, I will be following your schedule with great interest, i am doing the edinburgh in May and hopefully going for a sub 3. Who will be putting your programme together? How mant miles are running at the moment?



  •   Hello Belly boy Barnes

     Good luck for your sub 3, I will be following your schedule with great interest, i am doing the edinburgh in May and hopefully going for a sub 3. Who will be putting your programme together? How many miles are you running at the moment?



  • Good luck fellow lucky winner!image
  • Hi zenith

    thank for your support

    i believe that we are following the mike gratton sub 3 hour schedule

    at the moment im doing very little in milage i run the new york marathon and pick up an injury

    at one stage this year i was running 100 mile a week but ive been told to concentrate more on my speed rather than distance

    im on 1:23 for the half marathon ive been told i need 1:21 which would make things a lot easier

    i done edinbough 2008 it gets very windy on the beach frount finished with 3:04

    all the best with your training thank


  • It's all go !

  • good luck............your representing RW Wales nowimageimage
  •   Hi Nigel

      I have checked the schedule and it looks that you are going to half your mileage, should be interesting for you


  •  hello zenith

    yes the milage is very interesting what it means is that i will have more rest

    my speed is a problem at the moment im on 39.30 for 10 k ive got 2 bring that down to 37.30


  • hi welsh alex and

    seren nos yn canu

    thanks for your support guys


  • best of luck with it  - sub 3 is yours!
  • Good luck- I'll be watching closely, to bring my 3:02 down to the sub-3 as well. That's the plan, anyhow!

    I'm not sure about Steve's thoughts on your half marathon current pb. Past comments, including those on the RW Schedules, suggest a sub 1:23 (and sub 38 10k) as the right sort of level for a sub-3 marathon. If we need to be able to bang out a 1:21 half then I'm sunk...
  • hi phil thanks for support

    we ve prob been racing against each other in past and future as im only down the road in port talbot  which club u with as i run sometimes around the village near fords

    thanks again phil 

  • hi ex-pat scot

    its interesting checking your 5 - 10 k and half marathon times against mine i ve never done sub 39 for 10 k but jet ive done 1:23 and 1:24 for the half marathon keep in touch and post your times

    thanks for your support


  • Belly Boy, when do you plan to start your training? Myself and the lads are starting on New years day. Steve Rees is my new coachimage.
  • Hi Chris

    ASAP - I'll be down tonight on my bike for a chat. Do u fancy following the sub 3 hour training schedule with me as your not far off it yourself?

    Check them out as it will give u more rest time.



  • I looked into it last year mate, and didn't think it was the one for me. I have a training plan from Steve, I'm going to give that a go. But good luck with it, hope it works for youimage. Why don't you run down tonight? we are going for a slow run. Apparently the Christmas lights runimage about 10 mile.
  • Hi Nigel

    I'm with brackla, but you probably won't see me in races - far too slow for that!!

    am aiming for sub 3-30 in next years marathon attempt - not sure where yet - got 3-33 in amsterdam this year, so its doable!

  • If you want more info on my racing / training (yes, I know: it's all "me me me") then have a look on Fetch here

    I am hoping to get the half M down a fair bit at January's Brass Monkey, but I'm pretty sure I won't be sub 1:25 and into your domain just yet!

    What races have you scheduled in the preparation for FLM?
  • hi phil

    thats still good keep training and racing it will soon come down

    i see your boys some times on a thursday evening when im on my break in work. we do run past u when u meeting the boys perhaps one day i ll stop and train with u boys

    thanks phil

  • hi ex pat

    ive not any set up jet but will be doing half marathon in march perhaps llanelli

  • bbb what did i say you need more rest and got to do more 10k and 1/2 .if you are loking for 37.30 on 10k i am your man .i am going for that time in 2009 i am on 38.15 now and 1.21 for 1/2 you will do that i am on 1.22.53 so 1.21 is on i will help you if i can.

    all the best bbb son you can do this its in your bloodimage

  • Good Luck Dad! image

    Im Sure You'll Do It image

  • How cool is that. A family fan club as well. Excellent.

    Glenn, I had a little run with your Dad when we all met up. If he listens to our coach then he'll blast that 3 hour target, no problems.

  • Im Sure He Will image
  • HI fordman

    Thanks for the support mate

    i would love 2 have your speed but it is a big ask

    i will try my hardest u know that,and i will do what ever it takes 2 reach my goal

    have u seen the sub 3 schedule it seems very interesting, less milage,this should also help the boys in the club who are thinking about doing  any of the marathons

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