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Saturday 16 December 2017

Under starter's orders as David Gillick gets set for Marathon campaign

Pictured at a Press Reception to launch of The 2015 Womens Mini Marathon at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Stillorgan Rd yesterday were Comedian Maeve Higgins, DJ, Louise Heraghty, Athlete David Gillick.
Pictured at a Press Reception to launch of The 2015 Womens Mini Marathon at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Stillorgan Rd yesterday were Comedian Maeve Higgins, DJ, Louise Heraghty, Athlete David Gillick.

FOODIE David Gillick revealed he's looking forward to starting a family, but stresses that "there's no buns in ovens yet".

The retired athlete (31), who won Celebrity Masterchef in 2013, said he's loving married life since tying the knot with long-term love Charlotte last August.

"Married life is great. Myself and Charlotte were together for seven years so I suppose there's no big change, but there is a stronger bond there," he told the Herald.

"I suppose I can't be as selfish as I was before, I've got to think of someone else now.

"Long-term of course we both want kids and things like that, but there's no buns in ovens at the moment so we'll just have to wait and see," he said.

Gillick also said that while the newlyweds "aren't big into Valentine's Day", he will happily put on his Masterchef apron and cook up a romantic meal this weekend.

"We don't really celebrate it to be honest, but saying that we probably will make something ourselves," he said. "Charlotte's into her food but I tend to do all the cooking."

The Ballinteer native has been announced as one of the ambassadors for this year's Vhi Women's Mini Marathon, for which the Herald is the official nmedia partner.

Former European 400m champion Gillick confessed that since retiring from athletics last summer, the fear of piling on the pounds means he still follows a strict diet.

"I'm probably a bit more into my diet now because it's really just down to aesthetics, I don't want to put on weight," he said.

David has been busy in the kitchen since leaving the track and even baked his own wedding cake with the help of his family.

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"I'm not scabby, but when we started looking at wedding cakes I couldn't believe the price of them so we said forget this.

"We decided to do a cake spread, so I got my gran - who's 93 - to a bake a fruit cake. Then I baked a cake and so did my sisters... which was brilliant," he added.

Entries are welcome from today for the 10-kilometre race, taking place in Dublin city centre on June 1.

Runners can enter the race by logging on to www.VhiWomensMiniMarathon.ie or by postal application forms, available in the Herald every Wednesday and Saturday.

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