Meet the Experts!
For many runners, especially marathon first-timers, the run up to the Virgin Money London Marathon can mean the start of sleepless nights worrying: What if I get injured? What should I wear? How far should I have run before the big day?
Every year in advance of Race Day, we invite runners to come and meet the marathon experts. This event, for both new and improving runners, is the ideal opportunity to discuss your race preparation with some of the foremost authorities in the world of distance running and get the best possible advice to help you prepare for the race.
The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Meet the Experts day was held on Saturday 4 February 2017 at Central Hall Westminster, an iconic venue just metres from the glorious London Marathon Finish Line.
Watch the video for highlights from the 2017 Meet the Experts day, and check out the schedule below for a full rundown of everything that was on offer at Central Hall Westminster.
|9:30 DOORS OPEN
Exclusive offers will be available to Meet the Experts guests throughout the day, on the official VMLM adidas clothing range and footwear. Arrive early and beat the queues for a free 3D foot scan and gait analysis from adidas too!
|11:00 FROM GUN TO TAPE
Our host Geoff Wightman, who has a 2:13 marathon PB and has been the London Marathon announcer for the past 25 years (except in ‘93 when he ran it himself), welcomes you into the Great Hall and explains what steps to take and the common pitfalls to avoid come Race Day
|11:15 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
Event Director, Hugh Brasher, the son of the London Marathon’s founder Chris Brasher, reveals exciting news about this year’s greatest marathon on earth
|11:30 ONE IN A MILLION
Meet inspirational fundraiser Shannon Foudy, who crossed the Finish Line on her debut marathon to become the one millionth finisher of the London Marathon. Shannon ran to raise money for the Luton & Dunstable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that saved the life of her daughter
|11:45 TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Sport Psychology Consultant Dr Josie Perry, who has completed the London Marathon herself three times, offers can’t-fail motivational advice for getting to that Finish Line
|12:00 PACE PERFECTION
Tips from Kerry McCarthy of Runner’s World magazine, who will be leading the Race Day pacing team. The Runner’s World Pace Team will also be on hand to answer your questions and make sure you know how to join them
|12:15 BAASIT SIDDIQUI
Meet our favourite from Channel 4’s Gogglebox! Baasit left the comfort of his sofa to run the 2016 VMLM for Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital and is running again in 2017
|12:30 LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD
The experts from adidas will make sure that come rain or shine, you’ll ace it on Race Day!
During the break adidas sales and foot scans continue, plus visit the Charity Village and mingle with the experts to ask them your questions. Lucozade Sport scientists will be available to discuss your marathon nutrition and sports rehab specialists from St Mary’s University will be on hand with practical advice for your running injuries
|14:30 FINAL COUNTDOWN
Find out how to nail your marathon training with top coach and former international runner, Martin Yelling
|14:45 VASSOS ALEXANDER
Chris Evans’s co-sports presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show shares his entertaining running stories and more from his book Don’t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runners Obsession
|15:00 MARATHON FUELING
Be on top of your hydration and nutrition strategy for training and Race Day with the facts from sports nutritionist Anita Bean, author of The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition
|15:15 FUNDRAISING MASTERCLASS
Virgin Money Giving, the official fundraising partner of the VMLM, will help you get donations rolling in
|15:30 SOPHIE RAWORTH
The BBC newsreader and London Marathon finisher is adding two more races under her belt in 2017 from the Abbott World Marathon Majors series as she embarks on the 26.2 mile distance in Tokyo and Chicago
|15:45 YOUR CHANCE TO WIN
Keep guessing right and you could be the lucky winner of Geoff Wightman’s infamous ‘Heads or Tails’ game!
|16:00 EXPERTS Q&A
Final chance to mingle with our experts and London Marathon organisers to ask them your burning questions. If you’ve been inspired to run for charity why not visit the Charity Village and join a fundraising team for a cause you care about. The exclusive offers on adidas clothing and footwear will be available until the day ends at 17:00.