Athlete Profile- James McCafferey

Athlete BIO: James McCafferey

Club: Westbourne RC / Poole AC


- ParkRun: 18:00 (Poole Park 2016)
- 5M: 30:18 (Littledown 5 2016)
- 10k: 37:02 (Boscombe 10 2016)
- 10M: 62.08 (Great South Run 10 2016)
- HM: 84:21 (Bournemouth Bay 2016)
- Mara: 04:04:14 (Bournemouth 2015) *1st Marathon*


- NEW MARATHON PB - 03:20:50 (Brighton Marathon 2016)

2017 Plans

- Marathon PB - London Marathon 2017

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Event - Brighton Marathon

DISCIPLINE - Road Running

Distance - Marathon

DATE: 17th April 2016

Event Profile

The Event

Since I started to take running seriously, back in January 2015, I have made huge changes to the way I train and what I eat - 'little and often' is the key.

One of the big changes has come from joining Westbourne RC. This has helped to me structure my training and really boost the miles I now run each week and in preparation for weekend races.  This year, I have also attended the Poole AC track night, held every Tuesday night at the Ashdown track, which have been instrumental in helping me improve my speed. I owe my recently parkrun PB's to these sessions.

Running has introduced to me so many incredible and inspirational people, sharing knowledge and experience to build my confidence to keep pushing myself.

For 2016 my target 'A Race' is the 2016 Brighton Marathon. Below is my runners profile showing how I am preparing with training and nutrition and how I'm adding build-up races into my schedule.

My usual training week

My standard training week includes club sessions, sweatshop sessions and I always try and squeeze in a parkrun if not racing on the Sunday;

Monday: 7 Miles - Nicknamed 'MOANday'
Tuesday: 3 miles to track, Poole AC Track session 4 miles (Sessions inc. 400m, 800m, 1 mile with repeats - Each week is different, adjusted to suit that weekends races)
Wednesday: 4 miles to Bournemouth (Inc. Hill repeats) - Sweatshop 7k (Welcome to everyone for FREE) - 4 Miles home
Thursday: 6 miles - Poole AC (Road & Heath sessions)
Friday: REST
Saturday: Poole Park ParkRun - 1 mile from home - 5k parkrun - 1 mile home
Sunday:  Long Run Sunday 13-24 miles (depending on marathon programme) or Race Day


Although I have always eaten a healthy diet I have made some changes to assist my recovery and improve my training.  The main element is completely cutting out bread and sugar! I’m not a huge tea or coffee drinker and have never been a fizzy drink fan so these are also kept to a minimum – I also only drink alcohol occasionally (special occasions, celebrations, weddings, birthdays) and NEVER to excess. Below is my normal weekly diet;


Week days:

Bran flakes


Sat: After parkrun: – Poached egg & muffin or Full English breakfast

Sun: Racing: Porridge 3hrs before start – refuel after race

Sun: Training: High5 Gels (1 x 5 miles) + Nuun Electrolye drink


Staples include; sweet potato mash, spinach, tuna, crayfish, salad, rice, chicken, pasta, jacket potato


Staples include; fish, steak, home-made sweet potato wedges, pasta, salad, cottage pie, vegetables


2.4Ltr (2400ml) water each day, Nuun electrolyte - especially important when I run to & from work (3 miles each way)

Race Day Nutrition Plan

For race days I have a simple nutrition plan that is tried and tested and works for me;

Pre-Race nutrition:

Porridge, Banana, Water

During race nutrition:

10k water, 10M 1 x gel & water, 13mile+ gel every 5 miles, water & electrolytes

After race nutrition:

Water, sports drink, energy bar, cake (no guilt)

Build up races 2016

I have built the following 2016 races into my schedule as build-up to my target 'A Race'

Broadstone 1/4
Somerley 10k
Romsey 5M
Swanage 10k
Blackmore Vale 1/2
Lychett 10M
Bournemouth 10M
Bournemouth Bay 1/2
Brighton Marathon (Target 'A Race')

I hope this gives an insight into my build up and training for my second marathon. We will see come 17th April in Brighton if my preparation has got me in PB shape.

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