CONGRATULATIONS

I got accepted into the 2018 Virgin London Marathon Ballot!

The road to marathon glory starts here. Here is a collection of the best London Marathon training events in the UK and we will help you find your perfect races right up to the 22 April 2018.

Perhaps you’re so terrified you’re questioning why the hell you decided to enter the ballot in the first place, or are you super confident and already contemplating mysterious ways to break the 2 hour barrier and show those nasty guys at Nike and Adidas who’s boss?*

However you feel, training races are a mandatory part of your preparation and will increase the likelihood of you reaching your goal by a whopping 75%. There is no time like the present to begin your training so whether you are starting from scratch and need some gentle 5k races to ease you in or want to jump in at the deep end with 10k and half marathon training events, we’ve gathered all the information you need to find the best training races all over the country - so start planning your marathon training today!

Let’s Do This

Pre Xmas Fun

Low pressure 5ks and trails. The official training doesn’t have to start yet — why not try out some local events and trails to get you in the mood for what is coming in January?

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Weeks 1–4: 5–10km

It’s all about that base at the end of this period you should be able to do a 45 minute run controlled and steady — depending on your pace we put you as being either in the 5k or 10k category

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Weeks 5–8: 10km–13.1mi

Let’s get this thing started. From week five if you are a newbie you will almost certainly be breaking personal milestones every week during this period if you want to feel comfortable we should be looking to get you to about 8–10 miles.

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Weeks 9–12: Half Marathon Time

Run Forrest Run! You are halfway through your training and during this period you will be hitting half marathon distances almost every single weekend — for most this will be a lot less dull if you are running with friends and others — if you have a time or goal in mind for the big day — booking a Half Marathon and running it at your marathon pace — or faster will be a massive boost.

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Weeks 13–16: 20–26.2mi

LET’S DO THIS! With three weeks to go you have almost certainly run a quadrillion miles by now, your friends will be bored of your stories and you understand far more about gels and carbohydrates than you did a few weeks ago. The training finish-line is rapidly approaching which means that the big day is imminent. During this period you need to have one big push at week thirteen — this is the BIG one — there are a couple of 20mi events floating around which fall at this point or looking at it just before this weekend. We are currently scouring the web to find the best options for you right now! After this the taper begins — if you want to enter events go out to PACE not to win :) Prepare for the big day it’s starting to get real!

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find the best running events

in the UK and around world

Find out what’s in store for you

By creating an account, you accept our terms.

* Anyone genuinely contemplating this should get in touch. We will either deck you out head to toe in Let’s Do This stash or, more likely, recommend some excellent councillors.