There've been plenty of mutterings on recent club runs as to the uncertainty of getting into the London marathon as the deadline slipped past. People will be looking forward to hearing whether they’ve made it in or not with increased desperation as get closer to Xmas. As was mentioned on the club email circuit (or Frankblog, as I think it was) a few weeks ago, there are three other marathons at roughly the same time, (Paris, Rotterdam and Belfast), all easier to get into than London, so whether your entry is successful or not, there will be a big city spring marathon to aim at and there should be a group of people who can help support each other in their training when the going starts to get tough.
I'm sure there'll be a group formed around the 15 week schedule that many of the club followed in the run up to London last year, copies of which are available at the club. Both Paris & Rotterdam are only 15 weeks into the New Year and London is 16 weeks so really the sooner you start training the better. Exactly what you need to do depends very much upon where you are now in terms of your running, so here are a few simple guidelines:
Good luck in your pre-preparations. I am sure you’ll be hearing more in the near future as a club marathon email group is formed and people start discussing the schedules and their goals.
If you’re lucky we might even get Barry ‘Andrex’ Burlingham to recount a few tales of past marathon glories, pickled eggs, the beast of Otmoor and Leppin to inspire you.
Mark Hirst, UKA Level 3 Coach
HRR Marathon Group Email list
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