Training Seminars – 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?

Every year in advance of Race Day, we invite runners to come and meet the marathon experts. This event, for both new and improving runners, is the ideal opportunity to discuss your race preparation with some of the foremost authorities in the world of distance running and get the best possible advice to help you prepare for the race.

The date for the 2016 event is yet to be confirmed. The 2015 'Meet the Experts' day was held on Saturday 7 February 2015 in central London. The speakers included Hugh Brasher, Race Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon; Andy Dixon, Editor of Runner's World magazine; Sam Murphy, leading coach and sports scientist; Lisa Thompson, Course Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon; Martin Yelling (top endurance sports coach and former international runner); and Katherine Grainger (Olympic rowing gold medallist who ran her first ever marathon in Virgin Money London Marathon 2014).

Our 'Meet the Experts' day has proved to be invaluable to runners of all abilities, especially to those attempting their first marathon. Expert speakers discuss training, diet, injury prevention, raising money, pacers groups, clothing and footwear, as well as what to expect on Race Day. Afterwards they are available to answer your individual questions.

Our partners adidas are present at the training day selling official Virgin Money London Marathon clothing, so you can look the part in training and on race day. Finding the best running shoes is all about fit, so the adidas specialists advise you on the best running shoes for your style. The experts from adidas are on hand all day with their foot scanners to analyse your gait. Plus there are amazing special offers you won’t find anywhere else, so be prepared to shop!

Free Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Lucozade Sport is available thoughout the day, and the Lucozade Sport Performance Team are also on hand to provide invaluable nutrition and hydration advice to ensure you're well fuelled and full of energy when your're training and racing.

This event is free to Golden/Silver Bond runners, who will be sent registration details and information directly by their chosen charity.

If you have a ballot place, there will be a limited number of tickets for the 2016 event available at a cost of just £20.

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