Are you running a spring marathon in London, Paris, Rotterdam, Zurich, Hamburg, Madrid or Boston? If so, you should be thinking about a training run.
Each year we organise a Marathon Preparation Race designed for people who are training for a Spring marathon. Many marathon training programmes suggest runners complete a 20 mile run four weeks before the event they are training for. The London Marathon is the biggest Spring marathon so we have organised this year's event in Dorney Lake, Windsor, four weeks before the London Marathon.
This is key prep to make runners feel comfortable in a race situation - be it running with a crowd, fetching water from a water table, or learning to pace themselves in a competitive environment. The Marathon Preparation Race is designed to replicate the conditions at a marathon and help runners get though the last and usually hardest training run, the 20 miler. The Race is chip-timed so that participants can have an accurate indication of their marathon race pace.
Participants are released in waves according to their marathon pace, so they're running with people of the same standard. Pacers will help participants to maintain that pace for the full 20 miles. Drinks stations are set out every 2 miles with both energy drinks and water to help the participants complete the distance.