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The Inspire & Inform Stage with Runner's World

Runner's World

Runner’s World magazine was brought to life on the new Inspire & Inform stage at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show and featured fascinating talks and discussions on running, fitness and wellbeing from an incredible line-up of speakers.

Take a look at the 2019 Inspire & Inform stage programme below.

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

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Wednesday 24 April

  11:30 - THE FUTURE OF RUNNING (SCOTT CAIN & SIM BENSON)
Scott Cain is the CEO & Founder of RunFriendly, which he describes as ‘AirBnB for showers’. He’s passionate about making our towns and cities better suited to runners. Sim Benson co-authored Wild Running with his wife, Jen, and loves nothing more than exploring the UK’s trails on foot. He’s also interested in making running more sustainable.
None 13:30 - RUN MUMMY RUN
Author of Run Mummy Run, Leanne Davies has a passion for running and empowering women. She says she has a healthy addiction to running and the good it brings.
None 13:50 - THE GEAR AND TECH OF TOMORROW
Kieran Alger is a journalist, runner and tech guru. He’s interested in the way that technology will help to shape the future of running.
  14:30 - REAL FAST FOOD
Running food guru and founder of Go Faster Food, Kate Percy, plus in-house nutritionist Sophie Heath RNutr, share their tips on how to fuel your running with real food, the magic of spices in the runner's diet as well as how to make three tasty energy ball recipes.
None 16:25 - 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.

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Thursday 25 April

None 11:10 - INJURY PROOF YOUR BODY
One of the UK’s leading running coaches, Tom Craggs is an expert in how to get to the marathon start-line feeling physically and mentally prepared.
  11:30 - RUNNING WITH TERMINAL LIVER CANCER
Mark Thornberry was diagnosed with liver cancer, but it hasn’t stopped him from competing in ultramarathons and raising vital funds for research. A true inspiration, Mark is the embodiment of an endurance runner.
None 12:30 - CAN RUNNING SAVE THE NHS?
A discussion featuring journalist, broadcaster and sub-3 marathon runner Kate Carter, GP Campbell Murdoch, who is passionate about helping people control their own health, and Andy Dixon, the editor of Runner's World who has seen first-hand running's ability to improve people's physical and mental health.
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13:05 - RUNNING WITH HEART RATE DATA
One of the UK’s leading running coaches, Tom Craggs is an expert in how to get to the marathon Start Line feeling physically and mentally prepared.

  14:15 - REAL FAST FOOD
Running food guru and founder of Go Faster Food, Kate Percy, plus in-house nutritionist Sophie Heath RNutr, share their tips on how to fuel your running with real food, the magic of spices in the runner's diet as well as how to make three tasty energy ball recipes.
None 14:55 - THE QUEEN OF LONG DISTANCE RUNNING
Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer, author and self-confessed ‘mischief maker’. Named by the Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world.
  15:15 - PHIL HEWITT
When Phil Hewitt was brutally attacked in 2016, leaving him with PTSD, running helped him to recover. The journalist and author explores running’s healing powers in his new book, Outrunning the Demons.
  16:30 - BACKBALLER EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
British athlete and two-time Olympian Marilyn Okoro explains how the Backballer has her on her road to recovery form injury.
None 16:50 - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE CHARITABLE TRUST
Sonia Watson, the chief executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, will take part in her first ever Virgin Money London Marathon this year. She'll be talking about how Stephen Lawrence's legacy is inspiring young people to live their best lives
None 19:00 - 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.

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Friday 26 April

None 11:10 - RUNNER’S GUIDE TO NUTRITION
Kim Pearson, a qualified nutritionist with more than 10 years’ experience, hosts this talk on nutrition for runners. She loves running and pasta in equal measure.
None 11:30 - RUNNING TO EVERY AWAY GAME
Think it’s hard work watching your favourite football team? Try running to every away game. That’s what Burnley fan Scott Cunliffe has been doing – raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities in the process.
  11:55 - REAL FAST FOOD
Running food guru and founder of Go Faster Food, Kate Percy, plus in-house nutritionist Sophie Heath RNutr, share their tips on how to fuel your running with real food, the magic of spices in the runner's diet as well as how to make three tasty energy ball recipes.
None 12:15 - THE RISE OF THE ULTRARUNNERS
Author and ultrarunner Adharanand Finn’s latest book, Rise of the Ultrarunner, explores the growing appeal of the longest of long-distance races.
None 12:35 - WHY WOMEN BEAT MEN AT ULTRAS
Marvellous Mimi Anderson is a legend of the ultramarathon scene. The holder of multiple records and a veteran of races including the 6633 Arctic Ultra, she is living proof that in ultra distance racing, women can often outperform men. She is joined by author Adharanand Finn and Cat Simpson, the second fastest British woman ever at the Spartathlon, a 153-mile ultramarathon in Greece.
  12:55 - IN SEARCH OF THE SUB – 2 MARATHON
Author of the acclaimed Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon, Ed Caeser is an award-winning journalist who’s written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Esquire. He had a front-row seat for Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to break the two-hour marathon.
None 13:15 - 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 13:30 - SUSANNAH GILL
Susannah is the female World Record Holder for running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. She completed the feat when taking part in World Marathon Challenge in February 2019 which saw her run 295km and travel 55,000 miles in a week. She finished six of the seven marathons in first place, with an average race time of 3 hours 28 minutes which smashed the previous record of 3 hours 55 minutes.
None 14:30 - ADVENTURES IN LONG DISTANCE RUNNING
Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer, author and self-confessed ‘mischief maker’. Named by the Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world.
  14:50 - HOW RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE
Twenty-four years since making a New Year’s resolution to give up the booze and cigarettes, Rory Coleman has run more than 1,000 marathons and inspired countless more people to lace up their trainers.
None 15:30 - PAUL KONCHESKY
Paul is a former Premier League footballer who won two caps for England. The left-back played top-flight football for Charlton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City.
None 16:40 - MUSLIM WOMEN IN RUNNING
Moderator Sarah Elashmawy is joined by athlete, marathoner and mountaineer Manal Rostom (pictured), the first veiled Egyptian-Arab woman to be the face of Nike, and Dana Abdulkarim, an Olympic Torchbearer and first Muslim Hijaab athlete to represent England in sport who has 67 international caps in Rounders and coached her own Junior England squad for six years.

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Saturday 27 April

  09:15 - DIVERSITY IN RUNNING
Representatives from the London Frontrunners, Sikhs in the City and the Virgin Money London Marathon on how to make distance running more diverse.
  09:35 - MASTERCLASS BREATHING
Richie Bostock is one of the world’s leading teachers a revolutionary breathing practice. Learn how to use your breath to reduce stress and improve energy levels.
None 10:10 - RUNNING ADVENTURES
Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer, author and self-confessed ‘mischief maker’. Named by the Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world.
None 10:40 - THE REAL-LIFE FORREST GUMP
In 2016, Rob Pope just felt like running. So he crossed the US five times, following the footsteps of Forrest Gump and growing a mighty beard in the process. Rob is an emergency veterinarian by night and a runner by day.
None 11:10 - RUN EQUAL CAMPAIGN
Maud Hodson is one of the leading voices in the Run Equal campaign, which is seeking to equalise the distance men and women run at cross-country
None 11:50 - JO PAVEY
Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey is one of the finest female distance runners Britain has ever produced. A medallist in the World, European and Commonwealth Games, the 45-year-old has also enjoyed incredible longevity in the sport – and she’s not done yet.
  12:10 - REAL FAST FOOD
Running food guru and founder of Go Faster Food, Kate Percy, plus in-house nutritionist Sophie Heath RNutr, share their tips on how to fuel your running with real food, the magic of spices in the runner's diet as well as how to make three tasty energy ball recipes.
  12:25 - RUNNING MY LIFE
After a promising track career, Colin McCourt gave up running and ballooned in weight. But in 2017, when his friends bet him he couldn’t run a sub-16min 5K by the end of the year, Colin laced up his trainers, lost the weight and won the challenge. He’s proof that with the right mindset anything is possible.
None 13:30 - CIARA MAGEEAN
Irish Olympian Ciara is a 1500m runner. Having recently picked up a bronze at the European Indoor Championships, she looks set to go from strength to strength.
None 15:30 - INCLUSIVNESS IN SPORT
Moderator Sarah Elashmawy is joined by athlete, marathoner and mountaineer Manal Rostom, the first veiled Egyptian-Arab woman to be the face of Nike, and Dana Abdulkarim, an Olympic Torchbearer and first Muslim Hijaab athlete to represent England in sport who has 67 international caps in Rounders and coached her own Junior England squad for six years.
None 16:00 - THE MILE 18 MARKER
This year the mile 18 marker in the Virgin Money London Marathon has been designed by three aspiring young architects who won a competition organised by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and London Marathon Events Ltd. The winners, Quincy Haynes, Ayanna Blair-Ford and Shreya Radia will be interviewed by Abi Stephens.

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