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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 tips and #ReasonToRun. A visit to Centre Stage after you’ve collected your running number at Expo is not to be missed! Have a look below to see what’s on…

Wednesday 19 April | Thursday 20 April | Friday 21 April | Saturday 22 April

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Wednesday 19 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
Katherine Kendall of Runner's World magazine will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time
12:45 - DEAN KARNAZES
American ultramarathon runner, Dean Karnazes’s list of achievements includes running 50 marathons in 50 states on 50 consecutive days, finishing at the New York City Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 30 seconds
13:00 - BRYONY GORDON
Telegraph columnist and author of Mad Girl and The Wrong Knickers, is running her first London Marathon as part of the Heads Together team, the official charity of the year, to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30 to 14:15
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14:45 - DAVID WEIR
The multiple Paralympic gold medallist has won the London Wheelchair marathon six times, equalling Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s winning record
15:00 - THE RUNNING CHARITY
London Marathon Events is proud to support the charity that uses running to improve the lives of young homeless people across the UK
EXPERTS' SHOW
  15:30 to 16:15
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16:45 - AMANDA MCGRORY & SUSANNAH SCARONI
This pair of U.S Paralympians are amongst the favourites for the women’s London Marathon Wheelchair race
17:00 - SHANNON FOUDY
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
EXPERTS' SHOW
  17:30 to 18:00
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EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:40 to 19:10
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Thursday 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
Katherine Kendall of Runner's World magazine will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time
11:45 - MARY KEITANY, FLORENCE KIPLAGAT & MARE DIBABA
These three marathoners from East Africa will be fighting for the win in the elite women’s race. Mary is a two-time winner of the London Marathon and Mare is the Rio Olympic marathon bronze medallist
12:00 - 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 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Children in Need
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30 to 13:15
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13:45 - ROB DEERING & PAUL TONKINSON
Comedians from the Running Commentary podcast will be sharing their humorous perspective on all things running
14:00 - ADELE ROBERTS & NICK BRIGHT
Adele is the host of BBC Radio 1’s early breakfast show and Nick is one of the best-known voices from BBC Radio 1Xtra, the urban music digital radio station. Both are running as part of team Heads Together, the Virgin Money London Marathon official Charity of the Year.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30 to 14:15
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15:45 - VIVIAN CHERUIYOT & TIRUNESH DIBABA
These two track stars are hot favourites in the elite women’s race. Tirunesh is the 2016 VMLM runner-up, while marathon debutante, Vivian, is the Rio Olympic 10,000m silver medallist
16:00 - SOPHIE RAWORTH
One of the country’s most recognisable newsreaders and a passionate marathon runner. Once this year is over she will have completed the entire Abbott World Marathon Majors series
EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30 to 17:15
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17:45 - MARK CHAPMAN
Mark is one of the rising stars of BBC Sport and presents Match of the Day 2 on Sunday nights. He has run the London Marathon twice before in 2008 & 2010 and is raising money this year for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
18:00 - LEON OCKENDEN
Well known for playing Will Chatterton in Coronation Street, the actor is running to raise money for the charity WellChild and aiming for a finish time of 3:30 hours
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30 to 19:15
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Friday 21 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
Katherine Kendall of Runner's World magazine will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time
11:45 - ALY DIXON, CHARLIE PURDUE & SUSAN PARTRIDGE
British favourites in the women’s race, includes 2016 Olympic marathoner Alyson, along with Charlotte whose marathon time last year of 2:30:04 is the 8th fastest debut by a British athlete
12:00 - CHRISSIE WELLINGTON
The four-time Ironman world champion, who is now Head of Participation for parkrun, is running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK and epilepsy Society
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30 to 13:15
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13:45 - MICHAEL MCEWAN
The author of Running the Smoke will be sharing some of the 26 first-hand accounts of tackling the London Marathon from his book, which includes tales of heartbreak and triumph
14:00 - ABEL KIRUI & MICHAEL SHELLEY
Two of the favourites in the elite men’s race includes Abel, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist and Michael, the Australian 2014 Commonwealth Games champion
EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:30 to 15:15
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15:45 - HELEN GLOVER & HEATHER STANNING
The rowing duo who returned from Rio last summer with their second coxless pairs Olympic title, are taking on their first marathon. Helen is running in aid of the Brain & Spine Foundation, while Heather is supporting the Royal British Legion
16:00 - KENENISA BEKELE
Track legend Bekele, is the current world and Olympic record holder for the 5,000m and 10,000m. After finishing third in the 2016 VMLM he went on to win the Berlin marathon last September in a P.B time of 2:03:03
EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30 to 17:15
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17:45 - LIZ YELLING
Double Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist turned coach, Liz knows a thing or two about marathon running and will be offering lots of advice
18:00 - KATIE MCDONNELL
One of the world’s leading freerunners, Katie appeared on ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK and became the first and only ever female competitor to reach the final stage of the competition
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30 to 19:15
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Saturday 22 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
Katherine Kendall of Runner's World magazine will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time
10:45 - JO PAVEY
The five time Olympian and 2014 European 10,000m Champion will be running her second London Marathon this year with her sights on gaining Team GB selection at this summer’s London World Championships. The veteran mother of two shows that age and raising a family is no barrier to athletic success
11:00 - BAASIT SIDDIQUI
Channel 4’s Gogglebox favourite, Bsasit Siddiqui, ran the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much he is coming back for another 26.2-mile run around the capital! He’s raising money for Gem’s Cash for Kids
EXPERTS' SHOW
  11:30 to 12:15
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12:45 - CHRIS THOMPSON, TEWELDE & SCOTT OVERALL
British contenders in the men’s race share their past London Marathon experiences and an insight into what it’s like at the front end
13:00 - PAULA RADCLIFFE
Current marathon world record holder and BBC London Marathon commentator, Paula is a legend of the sport and one of the most inspiring runners to date so make sure you catch her on Centre Stage!
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30 to 14:15
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14:30 - LONDON MARATHON EVER-PRESENTS
Chris Finill and Ken Jones are two of the special group of 12 people who have run every London Marathon since the race began in 1981. Aged 83, Ken also has the privileged title of being the oldest entrant in this year’s race.
14:45 - ADAM WOODYATT
Famously known for playing Ian Beale in EastEnders for the past 32 years. He is running the VMLM alongside his son Sam for The Air Ambulance Service, a charity close to their hearts.
15:00 - SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
The band – Roy Stride, Pete Ellard and Greg Churchouse-Gold – are running the VMLM as part of a year of fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society. They burst onto the music scene with a UK no one album in 2008 with hits such as She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat and Elvis Ain’t Dead.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  15:30 to 16:15
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Wednesday 19 April | Thursday 20 April | Friday 21 April | Saturday 22 April