Training Plans

Whether you’re a new or experienced runner, we’ve put some basic training plans together to help structure your training for the Virgin Money London Marathon. Just pick the plan for your ability:

Facebook Live with Martin Yelling

Expert running coach Martin Yelling will be answering your questions during his first Facebook Live on Friday 17 November. Visit our Facebook page to post your questions.

2018 training plan

We want to ensure you make it to the Start Line so you can experience the joy of running a marathon. With that in mind, we’ve devised a training plan to help you get race ready.

The plan is aimed at novice marathon runners covering the distance for the first time, with a few tweaks and challenges if you want to test yourself, or if you feel like pushing on a bit if your training is going really well.

Run/walk training plan

If you are completely new to running, our run/walk training programme will help you run for 30 minutes in just six weeks. Stick to the schedule and you will quickly improve.

Go the distance with Martin Yelling

Check out top running coach Martin Yelling's plan of action as you prepare to take on your 26.2-mile challenge.

Martin Yelling's first-time finisher plan

Read Martin Yelling's 16-week marathon training schedule and take your first steps towards marathon glory in April. 

Martin Yelling's improver training plan

This training plan is for runners who may have already completed a marathon and are looking to improve on a previous performance.

No-nonsense training plans

The following plans have helped thousands of runners to conquer the 26.2-mile marathon challenge. Just pick the plan for your ability:

Visit the shop

For more detailed training plans and information about running the Virgin Money London Marathon, take a look at the official Virgin Money London Marathon training aids.