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On Centre Stage at the Expo

Throughout the four days of Expo the Centre Stage timetable will be packed with inspirational talks, expert marathon advice and celebrity runners sharing their top marathon tips. A visit to Centre Stage after you’ve collected your running number at Expo is not to be missed! Check out full details of what's on below – please note schedule is subject to change.

British Sign Language Interpreters

On Saturday 21 April, Centre Stage at Expo will feature two British Sign Language interpreters throughout the day to offer deaf or hard of hearing participants accessibility to the show. The following Experts’ Show times will be interpreted: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30.

Wednesday 18 April | Thursday 19 April | Friday 20 April | Saturday 21 April

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Wednesday 18 April

EXPERTS' SHOW
11:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner and London Marathon announcer, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
11:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to run 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
12:00 - FUEL TO RULE
Sport and exercise nutritionist and author Anita Bean will advise you on what to eat and drink in the lead up to Race Day and during the marathon itself
12:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
Jason Milton-Barker from the Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and give you information about joining the official pacers on Race Day
12:45 - DAVID WYETH & MATT REES
The 2018 #SpiritOfLondon theme was inspired by the moment in the 2017 race when Matt stopped on The Mall to help David finish. The footage went viral and the moment was recognised at the National TV Awards. Following his experience last year, David worked with medical experts to find out what went wrong after his meticulous preparations and he has made that research available to all runners
13:00 - ADELE ROBERTS
BBC Radio 1’s early breakfast show host ran her first marathon in 2017 as part of team Heads Together. She recently took part in The Vitality Big Half in her preparation for running the marathon again this year. Having never been a runner prior to 2017, it’s remarkable that she achieved a time of 3:36 and is the face for a fresh generation of urban marathoners!
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30
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14:45 - ROB DEERING & PAUL TONKINSON
Stand-up comedians, Rob and Paul, are both keen runners and joint hosts of the popular podcast Running Commentary. In last year’s race Paul, who also has a monthly column in Runner’s World, dipped under the 3-hour mark while Rob also did well to break 3:30 hours. They are both running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
15:00 - BRYONY GORDON & JADA SEZER
Bryony is a newspaper columnist and author who is running her second Virgin Money London Marathon with Jada, one of Britain’s leading plus-size models. They both recently ran The Vitality Big Half and are running the marathon for the mental health charity, Heads Together. Bryony’s third book Eat, Drink, Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad is due out in May.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  15:30
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16:25 - PAUL HOBROUGH
Don’t miss this talk from the U.K’s leading sports physiotherapist and author of Running Free of Injuries. Paul will be offering his expert advice for avoiding injuries and treating common niggles, especially for pre and post-marathon.

16:45 - DAVID WEIR
David Weir became the London Marathon’s most successful ever champion in 2017 when he clinched a record seventh victory and the 38-year-old returns in 2018 seeking an unprecedented eighth men’s wheelchair title.

17:00 - STEVE JONES
Britain’s fastest-ever marathon runner, whose record of 2:07:13 set in 1985 may be under threat from Sir Mo Farah at this year’s race. The former Welsh athlete first took up running when he joined the RAF’s running team in 1976 while working as an aircraft technician. Now a marathon coach, the tales from his running career are truly inspirational.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  17:30
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EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:40
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Thursday 19 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
10:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner and London Marathon announcer, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
10:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to run 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
11:00 - FUEL TO RULE
Sport and exercise nutritionist and author Anita Bean will advise you on what to eat and drink in the lead up to Race Day and during the marathon itself
11:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
Rick Pearson from the Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and give you information about joining the official pacers on Race Day
11:45 - MARY KEITANY
After her brilliant women-only world record of 2:17:01 last year, Kenya’s Mary Keitany will start as favourite to win the women’s race for a record fourth time. The 36-year-old will have male pacemakers in her bid to break Paula Radcliffe’s historic time of 2:15:25 set in 2003.
12:00 - VASSOS ALEXANDER
Popular sports broadcaster and co-host of BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show is running as part of the BBC Children in Need team. Following the success of his first book, Don’t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession, Vassos has recently published his second book, Running Up That Hill: The Highs and Lows of Going That Bit Further, which celebrates endurance running and races from across the globe of ridiculous distances!
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30
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13:45 - MICHAEL WATSON
Former boxer, Michael Watson, is one of the most iconic finishers of the London Marathon and will be a special interview guest at the expo this year, as we celebrate the #SpiritOfLondon campaign. In 2003, Michael completed the London Marathon in six days and two hours, after Doctors predicted he would never walk again, following his 40-day coma and six brain operations after collapsing in the 12th round of his fight with Chris Eubank in 1991.
14:00 - HANNAH MACLEOD
Hannah was part of the Great Britain hockey team, which won a famous gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This capped a fabulous 12-year international career, during which she amassed 150 caps for Great Britain and England. Since retiring after the Rio Olympics, Hannah now coaches the Great Britain Elite Development squad. She is running her debut marathon for the charity Beat Eating Disorders.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:30
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15:25 - PAUL HOBROUGH
Don’t miss this talk from the U.K’s leading sports physiotherapist and author of Running Free of Injuries. Paul will be offering his expert advice for avoiding injuries and treating common niggles, especially for pre and post-marathon.
15:45 - TIRUNESH DIBABA
Ethiopia’s triple Olympic gold track medallist and 5,000m world record holder, came runner-up to Mary Keitany in last year’s race to become the third fastest woman in history with a time of 2:17:56. She went on to win the Chicago Marathon last Autumn in another brilliant time and will provide stern opposition in the women’s race. With Dibaba & Keitany at the top of the line-up, this will be the first marathon in history to include two women who have run quicker than 2:18.
16:00 - SOPHIE RAWORTH
One of the country’s most recognisable BBC newsreader is a passionate runner, having run the London Marathon on seven previous occasions and earnt the Abbott World Marathon Majors six-star finisher medal by also running marathons in New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo. She has recently turned to ultra-running and completed the Marathon des Sables for the first time only last week.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30
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17:45 - STEVE JONES
Britain’s fastest-ever marathon runner, whose record of 2:07:13 set in 1985 may be under threat from Sir Mo Farah at this year’s race. The former Welsh athlete first took up running when he joined the RAF’s running team in 1976 while working as an aircraft technician. Now a marathon coach, the tales from his running career are truly inspirational.
18:00 - STEVE WAY
Over a period of three years, Steve took up running and lost five stone in weight. He went on to run a marathon PB of 2:15:16 and finished 10th at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games when running for England. He is the holder of the 100km British record.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30
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Friday 20 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
10:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner and London Marathon announcer, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
10:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to run 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
11:00 - FUEL TO RULE
Sport and exercise nutritionist and author Anita Bean will advise you on what to eat and drink in the lead up to Race Day and during the marathon itself
11:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
Kerry McCarthy from the Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and give you information about joining the official pacers on Race Day
11:25 - PAUL HOBROUGH
Don’t miss this talk from the U.K’s leading sports physiotherapist and author of Running Free of Injuries. Paul will be offering his expert advice for avoiding injuries and treating common niggles, especially for pre and post-marathon.
11:45 - ELIUD KIPCHOGE
Kenya’s Olympic gold medallist, Eliud Kipchoge, returns to London looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in the British capital after skipping last year’s race for a stab at breaking the two-hour barrier; when he clocked 2:00:25 in an unratified race in Monza, Italy, last May. Kipchoge, along with Kenenisa Bekele, will start as the two fastest men in the men’s field.
12:00 - JUDGE CRAIG MITCHELL
Criminal court judge Craig Mitchell started a running club on LA’s notorious Skid Row and trained a group of addicts and criminals to run marathons around the world, fighting homelessness and addiction as they did so. Craig is running the London Marathon to raise awareness of his mission and the documentary film Skid Row Marathon, which will be screened in select cinemas on 9 May.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30
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13:45 - KATHRINE SWITZER
A trailblazer for women’s sport, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to enter and officially finish the Boston Marathon in 1967. She is one of the 2018 #SpiritOfLondon runners and we are delighted to welcome her to the expo as a special guest.
14:00 - CHARLIE WEBSTER
Charlie is a leading sports presenter who has worked for Sky Sports, Channel 4 and ITV on sports ranging from football to cycling and speedway to boxing. She has been a keen runner since childhood and has completed 10 marathons. But in 2016 she contracted malaria ahead of the Rio Olympics, after she completed a bike ride from the London Olympic Stadium to Rio de Janeiro. Now back to fitness, Charlie will be running the London Marathon to raise money for the charity Malaria No More.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:30
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15:30 - TIM DON
Tim Don is the fastest Ironman on the planet but days before the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Kona last October, he was struck by a car while on his bike during one of his final training rides. He suffered a number of life-threatening injuries and his career hopes came to a devastating halt. But with determination and positivity Tim has turned his life around again, with the goal of completing the 2018 Boston Marathon.

15:45 - JOEL DOMMETT
Comedian and TV personality who won over a legion of fans when he appeared in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016. Joel is running for Teenage Cancer Trust, the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year

16:00 - PAULA RADCLIFFE
Women's marathon world record holder and three-time London Marathon champion Paula Radcliffe is back on Centre Stage at Expo this year to share her experiences of running the Virgin Money London Marathon
EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30
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17:45 - BEN SMITH
Author of 401, the extraordinary autobiographical story of running 401 marathons in 401 days. Ben’s endurance challenge changed his life forever and in doing so, raised £330,000 for charity and touched the lives of millions through raising awareness of his anti-bullying mission. Ben will once again be lacing up to run this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
18:00 - THE MAC TWINS
Twins Alana and Lisa, Scottish DJ’s and presenters, are running their first Virgin Money London Marathon for the British Heart Foundation, in memory of their father. The Mac Twins have performed around the globe for brands including Diet Coke and Armani. They are also the Official DJ’s of ITV2’s Love Island and have performed at summer festivals as well as being the warm up act for Jess Glynne. A couple of weeks ago they took over the official London Marathon Instagram account and can be found DJing at the expo this week too!
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30
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Saturday 21 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
09:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner and London Marathon announcer, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
09:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to run 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
10:00 - FUEL TO RULE
Sport and exercise nutritionist and author Anita Bean will advise you on what to eat and drink in the lead up to Race Day and during the marathon itself
10:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
Andy Dixon, editor of Runner's World magazine, will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and give you information about joining the official pacers on Race Day
10:45 - TRACY BARLOW
Definitely not the fictional character from Coronation Street, but rather one of the favourites from the British women’s line-up, Tracy Barlow, a qualified nurse from Blackpool, will be on stage sharing her remarkable experiences of running the Virgin Money London Marathon. From when she first took part in 2011 as a charity fundraiser, dipping inside four hours as the 7,597th runner across the line, to fast forwarding six years in last year’s race, where she finished in 2:30:46; booking herself a spot in Team GB at the 2017 London World Championships last summer.
11:00 - GEORGE LAMB & JOE WICKS
Radio & TV presenter, George Lamb, has been working with Audible during his build-up to the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on a podcast series called Mo-Joe, where he has been taking tips and advice for running his first marathon from none other than Sir Mo Farah and Joe Wicks, the Body Coach. We’ll catch up with Joe & George to find out how it’s gone and what his expectations are for Race Day!
EXPERTS' SHOW
  11:30
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12:45 - JONNY MELLOR & STEVE VERNON
British elite runner Jonny Mellor, along with his coach Steve Vernon from the New Balance Manchester squad, will be on stage offering brilliant advice about running the 26.2 miles distance. Don’t miss this invaluable Q&A opportunity!
13:00 - SELASI GBORMITTAH
Though he did not end up the winner, Selasi was the undoubted star of the 2016 series of the Great British Bake Off as he won over fans with his laid-back personality, as well as his baking. He was knocked out in the semi-final of the series but has gone on to open his own pop-up selling floral cupcakes as well as holding down his banking job. Selasi is one of a ‘Baker’s Dozen’ of GBBO contestants from across the first six series who will be taking part. Selasi is running for the charity World Vision.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30
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14:45 - CAITRIONA BALFE
Caitriona is an actress and model, best known for playing Claire Fraser in the US series Outlander for which she has received three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama. She has also appeared in films such as Super 8, Now You See Me and Escape Plan. Caitriona is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for World Child Cancer
15:00 - BAASIT SIDDIQUI
Baasit, along with his dad Sid and brother Umar, have become one of the most popular families on Channel 4’s hit show Gogglebox. The ICT teacher from Derby will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the third year in a row, raising money for the charity Cash for Kids.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  15:30
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Wednesday 19 April | Thursday 20 April | Friday 21 April | Saturday 22 April