Marathon man hits London

AWARD-winning Calderdale chef Jonathan Nichols swapped his whites for running shoes to take part in the London Marathon last month.

The marathon, which took place last Sunday, April 21, saw Jonathan, chef patron of La Cachette Restaurant and Bar in Elland, join thousands of runners hitting the pavements and roads for exercise, fitness and fun.

Jonathan, whose restaurant is listed in both the Michelin Guide 2013 and Good Food Guide 2013, was running the marathon for the third year in a row in aid of the NSPCC.

He raised £2,600 for the children’s charity, beating his target of £2,500 and completed the race in four hours 21 minutes despite a hamstring injury.

Jonathan said: “The first 15 miles were manageable as I was dosed up on painkillers but as they wore off, it got very painful indeed. Still, I was determined to finish and I am glad I kept going. I’m happy with the time and delighted to have raised so much money for the NSPCC.”

Jonathan was initially motivated to run the London marathon three years ago by Eddie Izzard’s multi-marathon challenge. He didn’t plan on doing more than one, but got the buzz and intends to compete again next year.

TONIGHT (Thursday) at the Barge it’s the weekly jam session with Stuart. Then on Friday The Theory will take to the stage and the weekend’s live entertainment will finish on Saturday with Mid Blue.

ENTERTAINMENT at Blakeborough’s Club, Brighouse, will include Alison on Saturday at 7pm and Madeline on Sunday from 4pm-7pm.