Are you are preparing to run 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 programs suggest runners complete a 20 mile run 4 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.
Many coaches and training programs recommend that runners participate in a few races before a Marathon because organised races are a good way to complete long runs on a measured course. This is key preparation 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 linked to their marathon pace, helping to ensure participants are running with people aiming for the same pace on marathon day. 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