Before You Start Training
Before you begin your training for the Virgin Money London Marathon, we recommend you pay your doctor a visit for a once over. They will be able to offer advice tailored to you, taking your medical history into account.
A fitness test isnâ€™t always enough to detect heart problems, so if anything in the list below applies to you, itâ€™s best to get a full cardiac assessment before you take up running.
- Thereâ€™s a history of heart disease or sudden death in your family.
- You suffer chest pains or discomfort when you exert yourself.
- You experience sudden shortness of breath.
- You have rapid heart palpitations.
If youâ€™ve got a serious medical condition you can still enter the Virgin Money London Marathon, but weâ€™ll need agreement from your doctor, and details of your condition and treatment.
Please check with your doctor before you enter the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot, then if you secure a place, please send your medical details and doctorâ€™s note to us at the address please below. Please mark the envelope as â€˜confidentialâ€™, and include your runner number if you have it.
Virgin Money London Marathon Medical Director, PO Box 1234, London, SE1 8RZ
If thereâ€™s a risk you may blackout during the race (for example if you suffer from fits), please mark your runner number in these ways:
- Put a red cross on the front of your number.
- Write the details of your condition and treatment on the back of your number.
Are you ready?
If you feel ill on race day itâ€™s important to withdraw from the race. Most medical emergencies at the Virgin Money London Marathon happen because people who arenâ€™t well enough to run try to continue. Even if you make it to the finish, youâ€™re unlikely to enjoy the day or give your best performance.
Donâ€™t feel pressured to run because youâ€™ve been building up to it or have collected sponsorship money â€“ youâ€™ll be able to defer your place for a year if you follow our race withdrawal procedure.
Itâ€™s also important to withdraw from the race if youâ€™re not fully prepared. You should have a good indication of your fitness from your training, but as a benchmark, if you canâ€™t comfortably run 15 miles a month before the race, you probably wonâ€™t be able to safely complete the Virgin Money London Marathon.