Thank you to everyone taking part in this year's Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday 4th October 2020, in aid of Born Free

We wish all our runners the best of luck with their training over the next few weeks. If you would like to support them on the day, please come and cheer them on! You can also meet the Born Free team who will be based in St James' Park for the afternoon.

The Born Free team for 2020:

  • Ella Mutch
  • Emily Bennett
  • Maria Castro
  • Melanie Bell
  • Nick Bellis
  • Nicolle Paisley 
  • Peter Verdult
  • Philip McCulloch
  • Rebecca Hutton
  • Sophie Orr
  • Sophie Toogood
  • Susan Rintoul

Would you like to challenge yourself by running the Virgin London Marathon for Born Free in 2021?

We can offer support and tips to help you fundraise and will provide you with a very fetching Born Free running vest!

For more information, please contact our Events Manager Joanne Bartholomew.

Tips for marathon runners

Keith MacIntosh, UKA Licensed Athletics Coach has put together a series of top tips for those training for a marathon.

Keith says: “These are not detailed training plans. The priority is more about settling in slowly, starting to build good habits, and thinking about how you’ll get through the process in a way that is right for you. If anyone has a specific question they’re keen to get answered, please drop me an email at: and I’ll come back with some thoughts.”

Click on the buttons below to read more.

Step 1 - Preparing to train   Step 2 - Plans and planning   Step 3 - Strength and mobility   Step 4 - Training sessions   Step 5 - Running technique   Step 6 - Technology   Step 7 - Nutrition   Step 8 - The long run   Step 9 - Recoveries & injuries



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