Marathon inspiration: How you can run London next year

April 14, 2014 by  
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Marathon inspiration: How you can run London next yearMarathon inspiration: How you can run London next year

Can I really run a marathon?

There’s no doubting that 26.2 miles is a long way, but if you’re willing to put in the effort in training, almost anybody has the ability to run a marathon. In fact you might be surprised to hear it, but the vast majority of people running the Virgin Money London Marathon every year will be taking on the marathon distance for the very first time. With a generous time limit of eight hours, you could even opt for a strategy of running and walking and still finish the race. You’ll be astounded at the burst of energy the cheering crowds will give you, and their amazing support has helped many a struggling runner across the finish line.


How do I enter the race?

As the demand for places far exceeds the entries available, the Virgin Money London Marathon operates on a ballot system. The concept is simple – you enter your details when the ballot opens (usually shortly after the previous year’s race on the official website) and your name will be put in the running for the chance of a place. This is an extremely popular race, so demand is high – in 2013, the ballot for the 2014 race sold out in under 12 hours. That means you need to be on the ball if you want a place. Don’t assume you can wait until your lunch break and leisurely enter your details. You need to enter early on the morning of the ballot to assure that you’ll be in with a chance.


What if I’m not successful in the ballot?

If you receive a dreaded ‘no’ when the ballot results are announced in October, it’s not time to give up yet. Charity fundraising is at the heart of the Virgin Money London Marathon, with the race raising over £50 million for good causes every year. A whole host of charities have places in the event, and they’ll be happy to have you on board if you agree to raise a certain amount for them. In return you’ll get heaps of support, which will range from training tips to free post-race massages on the big day.


Raising money for charity

The best way of turning your London Marathon experience into a truly unforgettable one is to raise money for charity while you train. Even if you get a ballot place, charities would love you to be a part of their team, and making a difference to the lives of people who truly need it will provide you with all the motivation you need to complete your training. You’ll find that raising money is easier than you might think, as people will usually dig deep to support such a tough challenge for a worthy cause.


I’m in! Now what?

Whether you were successful in the ballot or you’ve bagged yourself a charity place, now it’s time for the real hard work to start. If you’re a marathon first timer, allow for around 16-20 weeks to train for the race, and make sure you follow a training guide that has been put together by running experts. You’ll start off slow and gradually build up the distance you can run, until a ‘taper’ period in the last couple of weeks as you wind down your training and prepare your body for the challenge ahead.


Where will I be running?

After its atmosphere, the Virgin Money London Marathon is most famous for its stunning course. The Race starts in Greenwich Park and ends on The Mall, and in between you’ll pass some of London’s most iconic sights, including the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace to name but a few. These jaw-dropping landmarks will make the 26.2 miles fly by. Before you know it you’ll be crossing the finish line, receiving your hard-earned medal, and earning the right to forever say “I am a marathon runner”!

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