Event Info

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? What should I eat and drink?

If this sounds like you, then our Meet the Experts day will be the perfect opportunity to discuss your race preparation with some of the leading authorities in the world of distance running. With plenty of fun and inspiration thrown in too, there's nothing better to help prepare you for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

WHEN: Saturday 3 February 2018
WHERE: Central Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH
TIME: Doors will open at 09:30 with the first talk commencing at 11:00 and the event ending at 17:00. There will be expert speakers throughout the day with exclusive Q&A sessions and New Balance shopping opportunities during the interval, plus lots more!

Tickets to attend Meet the Experts are only £20. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please use the button below to register.

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What's on at the 2018 Meet the Experts...

Expert Talks

FROM GUN TO TAPE
Our host Geoff Wightman explains what steps to take and the common pitfalls to avoid on Race Day
FINAL COUNTDOWN
Find out how to nail your marathon training with top coach Martin Yelling
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Sports psychologist Dr Josie Perry offers can’t fail motivational advice to get you to that Finish Line
RUNNING FREE OF INJURIES
Practical advice to avoid injuries and treat common niggles from leading sports physiotherapist Paul Hobrough
MARATHON FUELLING
Keep on top of your hydration and nutrition strategy with advice from sports nutritionist Anita Bean
PACE PERFECTION
Tips from Runner’s World editor Andy Dixon and the official Race Day pacing team

Inspiring Interviews

ADELE ROBERTS
Adele is the host of BBC Radio 1’s early breakfast show and she ran her first marathon in 2017 as part of team Heads Together, the mental health initiative supported by Price Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
JANE SUTTON
Jane Sutton will run the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for the Official Charity of the Year, The Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of her son Stephen, who died aged 19 in May 2014. Jane will be sharing her inspiring fundraising adventures
VASSOS ALEXANDER
Best known as the sports presenter on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. He’s the author of Don’t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession and is running the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for Children in Need
BEN SMITH
Ben Smith ran 401 marathons in 401 days, to raise money for Stonewall and Kidscape. His inspiring story of coming out and overcoming bullying captured the nation and he raised in excess of £325,000. He went on to speak about bullying at the UN and received the Helen Rollason award at the BBC’s Sport Personality of the Year Awards in December 2016

Plus!

  • LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD
    Special offers and expert advice on clothing and footwear from New Balance
  • FUNDRAISING MASTERCLASS
    Virgin Money Giving will be offering failsafe fundraising advice to make sure your hard-earned donations go straight to where they're needed most
  • EXPERTS CORNER
    Meet the organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon and ask them your questions about the 26.2-mile route through the capital
  • BLOOMSBURY BOOKS
    Some of our speakers will be signing their latest books, you can purchase a range of running titles and receive a 30 per cent discount
  • RUNNING INJURY ADVICE
    Sports rehabilitation students from St Mary’s University will be available to give free screenings and advice for treating running niggles
  • CHARITY HUB
    A great opportunity for those who haven’t found a charity to run for yet to choose one. If you have already joined a charity team, check to see if they’ll be here so you can meet them
  • GOODY BAGS
    At the end of the day collect your exclusive goody bag, full of treats from sponsors and partners of the Virgin Money London Marathon

 

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2017 Highlights

Watch the video below for highlights from the 2017 Meet the Experts day and a taste of what's on offer.