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Centre Stage at the Virgin Money London Marathon

On Centre Stage at the Running Show

Throughout the four days of the Running Show, the Centre Stage timetable is 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!

Take a look at the 2019 Centre Stage timetable below.

Wednesday 24 April | Thursday 25 April | Friday 26 April | Saturday 27 April

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Wednesday 24 April

EXPERTS' SHOW
None 11:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner, 15-time London Marathon announcer and Centre Stage host, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
None 11:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to get you through 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
None 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
None 12:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
The Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and information on how to join the official pacers on Race Day
None 12:10 - FILM: #WEIR20
An in-depth look back at David Weir's 20-year relationship with the London Marathon in his own words.
None 12:30 - DAVID WEIR
The most successful athlete in London Marathon history will return to the race for a remarkable 20th consecutive year in 2019 aiming for an incredible ninth victory.
None 12:45 - NELL MCANDREW
Nell is a model and TV personality who is also one of the quickest female celebrities to have ever run the London Marathon with a personal best (PB) time of 2:54:39 set in 2012.
None 13:00 - JENNI FALCONER
Jenni is a television and radio presenter who currently presents her own show on Heart FM. She is well-known to TV audiences thanks to her presenting roles on GMTV, This Morning and The National Lottery.
None 13:15 - JACK RAYNER & SINEAD DIVER
Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships gold medallist Jack Rayner (pictured) will make his full marathon debut at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. Irish-born Australian distance runner Sinead Diver set a world veterans' record for over 40s at the Marugame Half Marathon in February. The Virgin Money London Marathon will be her first Abbott World Marathon Majors race.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  13:30
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EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:55
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None 15:30 - MO FARAH
The multiple Olympic and world track champion returns for his third Virgin Money London Marathon as the British and European record holder and the reigning Chicago Marathon champion.
None 16:15 - INJURY ADVICE WITH PAUL HOBROUGH
Don’t miss this talk from the UK’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
None 16:30 - BARBARA'S REVOLUTIONARIES
Dame Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014. Her husband, Scott Mitchell (pictured), is leading a team of Barbara's former colleagues and friends called 'Barbara's Revolutionaries' to raise awareness of dementia and fund groundbreaking dementia research.
None 17:00 - JEREMY JOSEPH
The owner of the G-A-Y and Heaven nightclub. The G-A-Y Goal this year is to raise £100,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation by the Virgin Money London Marathon Finish Line, to pay for 10,000 gay men and trans people to get access to HIV testing and support in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uganda.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  17:30
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EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:35
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Thursday 25 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
None 10:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner, 15-time London Marathon announcer and Centre Stage host, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
None 10:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to get you through 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
None 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
None 11:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
The Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and information on how to join the official pacers on Race Day
None 11:45 - MOLLY HUDDLE & EMILY SISSON
Molly Huddle (pictured) finished third at the New York City Marathon on her debut in 2016 and set a new PB of 2:26:44 in the Big Apple in 2018. Emily Sisson ran a half marathon PB of 67:30 in Houston in January to become the second fastest US woman ever over the distance, behind training partner Huddle.
None 12:00 - NATALIE CASSIDY
Natalie is one of the most recognisable members of the EastEnders team running for Dementia Revolution. She has played the role of Sonia Jackson since she was a schoolgirl. Natalie has also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30
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None 13:45 - RHIAN MANNINGS
Rhian was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following a double tragedy in 2012 when her one-year-old son George died from pneumonia and her husband, overwhelmed by grief, committed suicide a few days later. It left Rhian as a single mother to her two other children. Rhian set up the charity 2 Wish Upon a Star to help other bereaved families and is running the Virgin Money London Marathon again in 2019.
None 14:00 - LEON OCKENDEN
Leon is an actor who has appeared in a string of hit shows including Waterloo Road and Mr Selfridge. In 2016, he took on the role of Will Chatterton in Coronation Street.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:30
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None 15:45 - SUSANNAH SCARONI
The USA Paralympian finished third in the elite women's wheelchair race at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2017 and 2018.
None 16:00 - FILM: ELIUD
A short film from inside Eliud Kipchoge's training camp that explores the philosophies that have made him the greatest marathon runner of all time.
None 16:15 - ELIUD KIPCHOGE
The reigning three-time Virgin Money London Marathon champion and marathon world record holder is back in the capital for the 2019 race and will be on Centre Stage for an interview at the Running Show.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30
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None 17:30 - INJURY ADVICE WITH PAUL HOBROUGH
Don’t miss this talk from the UK’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.
None 17:50 - MARK WRIGHT
The winner of the tenth series of The Apprentice sadly lost his grandad, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, in February. Mark has joined the Dementia Revolution to give back to his grandad, who played an important role in making him the man he is today.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30
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Friday 26 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
None 10:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner, 15-time London Marathon announcer and Centre Stage host, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
None 10:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to get you through 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
None 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
None 11:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
The Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and information on how to join the official pacers on Race Day
None 12:00 - MARY KEITANY & VIVIAN CHERUIYOT
Four-time New York City Marathon champion and three-time Virgin Money London Marathon champion Mary Keitany (pictured) set the women's-only marathon world record in the capital in 2017, and is joined on Centre Stage by Vivian Cheruiyot, who won the Virgin Money London Marathon title in 2018, setting a personal best of 2:18:31.
None 12:15 - LIZ YELLING
Two-time Olympian and 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner Liz speaks about her training with employees from Abbott, a global health technology company, sponsor of the Virgin Money London Marathon and title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  12:30
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None 13:25 - CANDICE BROWN
Candice was winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016 and a contestant on Dancing on Ice in 2018. The former teacher now combines running her own pub with regular TV and food show appearances and writing cookbooks.
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13:45 - MADISON DE ROZARIO
Madison de Rozario became the first Australian woman to win the London Marathon when she clinched victory last year just a week after taking gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon. She had earlier won gold in the 1500m on the Gold Coast.

None 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. Charlie recovered after contracting malaria in Brazil ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics after she had completed a 3,000 mile bike ride from the London Olympic Stadium to Rio de Janeiro.
None 14:15 - MALCOLM BROOKES
Four years ago, Malcolm completed his 100th marathon aged 74, making him the oldest person to join the UK '100 Marathon Club.' Six months later, he was diagnosed with vascular dementia. After being told to continue running to help manage his symptoms, Malcolm has gone on to complete a further 15 marathons.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  14:30
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None 15:45 - MANAL ROSTOM
The first veiled Egyptian-Arab woman to be the face of Nike and an avid marathoner and mountaineer, she aims to be the first Egyptian woman to run all major marathons. She was selected among thousands of applicants to join Facebook's Community Leadership Program, and is the founder of the Facebook group Surviving Hijab, where she has more than 750,000 community members and more than one million followers across Facebook and Instagram.
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16:00 - CALLUM & ROB HAWKINS
Callum Hawkins came within 26 seconds of a World Championships medal when he was fourth in London in 2017 in a personal best time of 2:10:17, equalling the best ever performance by a British runner. He is joined on Centre Stage by his Father and coach, Rob Hawkins.

EXPERTS' SHOW
  16:30
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17:45 - THE BIG PINK DRESS
Colin Burgin-Plews is a legend in fundraising and makes sure he stands out from the crowd as 'The Man in the Big Pink Dress'. He has raised over £100,000 for a number of charities and is your man for the dos and don'ts of fundraising.

None 18:00 – HANNAH MACLEOD
Hannah was part of the Great Britain hockey team which won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This capped a fabulous 12-year international career for Hannah during which she amassed 150 caps for Great Britain and England. She also won a gold medal at the 2015 European Championships and a bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics.
None 18:15 - MARCUS BEAN
Marcus has been one of the UK’s most popular celebrity chefs since he won Iron Chef UK on Channel 4 in 2010. After winning Iron Chef UK, Marcus went on to become a regular chef on ITV’s This Morning. He has also appeared on Good
Food’s Market Kitchen, Channel 4’s What’s Cooking and Drop Down Menu.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  18:30
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Saturday 27 April
EXPERTS' SHOW
None 09:30 - MAKE THE MOST OF RACE DAY
Geoff Wightman, Commonwealth Games marathoner, 15-time London Marathon announcer and Centre Stage host, will guide you through the plans to make and pitfalls to avoid
None 09:45 - PREPARE YOUR MIND & BODY
Motivational marathon coach Martin Yelling will reveal how to adopt a positive mindset to get you through 26.2 miles and fine-tune your final preparations
None 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
None 10:15 - RUNNER'S WORLD PACE TEAM
The Runner's World editorial team will offer pacing advice to help you achieve your target marathon time and information on how to join the official pacers on Race Day
None 10:45 - CHARLOTTE PURDUE, LILY PARTRIDGE & TRACY BARLOW
Charlotte Purdue (pictured) represented Great Britain at the 2017 World Championships and won The Vitality Big Half in 2018 and 2019. Lily Partridge took almost three minutes off her personal best to finish eighth in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Tracy Barlow earned selection for the 2017 World Championships having finished 16th in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.
None 11:00 - DEWI GRIFFITHS & JONNY MELLOR
Dewi Griffiths, who ran 2:09:47 on his marathon debut in Frankfurt in 2017, is one of the British hopefuls at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon alongside Jonny Mellor, who finished 15th in the 2018 New York City Marathon.
EXPERTS' SHOW
  11:30
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None 12:45 - CHRIS NEWTON
Chris is a multiple world track cycling champion and triple Olympic medallist. Chris won a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2000 Olympic Games and a silver medal in the same discipline at the 2004 Olympics. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Chris competed solo and won a bronze medal in the points race.
None 13:00 - ABDULLAH AFZAL
Abdullah is an actor and stand-up comedian who has portrayed the character of Amjad Malik in BBC One’s Citizen Khan since 2012. He landed the role after playing Asif Khan in the BBC3 sitcom Lunch Monkeys.
None 13:15 - LIZ YELLING
Two-time Olympian and 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner Liz speaks about her training with employees from Abbott, a global health technology company, sponsor of the Virgin Money London Marathon and title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
None 14:45 - ROB DEERING & PAUL TONKINSON
Rob and Paul co-host the Running Commentary podcast. Rob is a popular comedian who was the host and writer of Out to Lunch on BBC Radio 2, while Paul is a regular guest on TV comedy panel shows and was the first breakfast show presenter on XFM Manchester. He also has a monthly column in Runner's World magazine.
None 15:00 NIKKI AND MATT BRAMMEIER
Nikki Brammeier (pictured) is a multiple British champion in cyclo-cross and mountain biking who has been a member of the Boels-Dolmans road team since 2016. Her husband, Matt, is a former pro cyclist who won the Irish national road race title on four occasions and is now lead coach of British Cycling's under-23 academy.
None 15:15 – CEL SPELLMAN
Cel is the host of his own BBC Radio 1 show which airs every Sunday afternoon and is also a well-known actor who has appeared in the BBC Two mockumentary The Cup and BBC One drama Waterloo Road.

Wednesday 24 April | Thursday 25 April | Friday 26 April | Saturday 27 April