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.

2019 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, our coaching expert Martin Yelling has 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.

Kick-start your training with Mo-Joe

Audible has teamed up with Sir Mo Farah, Joe Wicks and George Lamb to bring you Mo-Joe, an 18-week training diary designed to help you on your Virgin Money London Marathon journey.

Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah and Body Coach Joe Wicks lend their advice, expertise and moral support to George Lamb as he trains for the Virgin Money London Marathon. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows George as he transforms from couch potato to long-distance athlete in just 17 short weeks. Packed with entertaining anecdotes and essential training tips, this series gives budding runners all the help they need when it comes to getting marathon fit.

Follow George as he embraces the challenge, beginning with choosing the right footwear and ditching the worst offending foods, tips on pacing and motivation, and finally race day hacks: like a last minute caffeine boost and how to avoid chafed nipples.

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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: