Marathon Training

Are you thinking about entering another 26.2 mile event? Have you been lucky enough to get a place in the next London Marathon and would like some help with your preparation? Would you like to join the club and become eligible to try and secure a place in the next London Marathon? Talk to most people, sporting and non-sporting alike, about being a runner and 9 times out of 10 they'll ask if you've ever run a marathon? In the popular imagination the Marathon is the king of races!


On Sunday mornings many club members train for upcoming marathons (and half marathons) and we do all we can to help. This year things are a little different to normal with the London Marathon (and many other races) being moved from spring to the autumn and with many members a little less fit than usual due to multiple lockdowns. Our training plan has adapted accordingly.  

The training plan below has been designed for anyone training for the Big Half on 22nd August, London Marathon on 3rd Octover or any other marathon around the same time as London. The plan is aimed at intermediate runners. 

Reflecting the needs of the majority of our members, each Sunday the club will operate a 9:30 min/mile pace group (following the training schedule). We will review the situation and possibly add extra group (at faster or slower paces) depending on demand from members and the availability of leaders. 

  • Image of the London marathon training plan

Please note: 

  • Long runs form only part of your training of course and should be supplemented with speedwork (on Tuesdays at the track), shorter "easy" runs and "tempo" runs. Those in marathon training should aim to run at least 3-4 days a week but also have 1-2 days rest.
  • Anyone wishing to join the club's marathon training who are not yet able to comfortably run 10 miles are encouraged to come along to Tuesday or Thursday night training sessions initially.