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Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts in 2021 

We are delighted to present our first-ever virtual Meet the Experts day, which means this year you can join in for free from the comfort of your own home!

On Saturday 26 June you will find inspiring live online talks from our panel of motivational expert speakers, who will give you all the tools you need to prepare for and enjoy your 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon journey – whether you’re taking part in the mass or virtual event.

About Meet the Experts

The build-up to Marathon Day may seem a little daunting, which is why we hold Meet the Experts, our annual Virgin Money London Marathon training day.

It's the place to get all the expert advice, insight and tips you need to help you succeed and make sure you’re ready to take on the world’s greatest marathon.

The programme for 2021

This year the event will be held virtually and is free to attend for all participants in the mass or virtual Virgin Money London Marathon.

Everything you need to know will be covered, including advice on nutrition, training, injury prevention and charity fundraising. 

Alongside our guest speakers, experts from the New Balance team will also be offering bespoke advice via video chats to help you find the best running shoes for you, while nutrition scientists from Lucozade Sport will be sharing tips for fuelling during the marathon.

Live talks and interviews with exclusive Q&A opportunities will be available throughout the day from 10:00 until 17:00 BST, but don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole event as the talks will be available to watch on the Meet the Experts platform as on-demand content for 30 days after the event.

Expert speakers

Our full line-up of guest speakers is available below. Find out more about the excellent people who’ll be joining us on Saturday 26 June.

Full Meet the Experts timetable

Two runners in official New Balance Virgin Money London Marathon training kit go for a run

Virgin Money London Marathon Training Plans

Got a place in the ballot (hooray!) but now don’t know where to start? Our 16-week Beginner’s Training Plan will guide you right through to the Start Line.

If you’ve run a marathon before and are hoping to better your performance this time, the Improver’s Training Plan is a good choice. 

Finally, our Advanced Training Plan is for really experienced runners who want to push themselves – remember even if you’ve have conquered 26.2 miles several times before, there’s always something new to learn!