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 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Meet the Experts day was held on Saturday 6 February 2016 in central London. Our expert speakers included:

Martin Yelling
Top endurance sports coach and former international runner, shares essential training tips and racing advice
Anita Bean
Sports nutrition specialist and author of The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition, offers crucial advice on what to eat and drink to make your training and Race Day easier
Sam Murphy
One of the UK’s leading health and fitness writers, runner, coach and sports scientist, brings you expert tips to help you steer clear of injury
Andy Dixon
Editor of Runner’s World magazine explains how the Runner’s World Pacer Groups can help you achieve your target marathon time
Hugh Brasher
The Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director with news of elite runners and famous faces set to join you on the 2016 start line of the race that will see one million finishers since the event began in 1981
David Hemery
We interview the 1968 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medallist about completing his first ever marathon, at the age of 70, at last year’s VMLM
Footwear Specialists will be offering one-to-one fittings and exclusive offers on trainers and 10% off the official VMLM technical clothing range


Plus lots more including advice from the VMLM Course Director Lisa Thompson, and an interview with Jane Sutton, who ran her first marathon in the VMLM 2015 in memory of her son, Stephen, who died from cancer aged 19. His inspirational story helped raise over £5.5 million for charity.

And don’t miss free samples and advice on marathon hydration and nutrition strategies from VMLM partner Luzozade Sport.

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 will also be 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 will be happy to advise you on the best running shoes for your style. The experts from adidas will be on hand all day with their foot scanners to analyse your gait – plus there will be amazing special offers you won’t find anywhere else, so be prepared to shop!

Free Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Lucozade Sport will also be available thoughout the day, and the Lucozade Sport Performance Team will be 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 once they have been successfully registered with their chosen charity.

If you have a ballot place, there are a limited number of tickets for the 2016 event available at a cost of just £20. Click the button below to sign up.