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The difference it makes

When you enter the Francis Crick Institute and look to the left you’ll see a donor recognition wall – a list of some of the individuals, organisations and corporations that made this iconic new building possible. One donor in particular stands out: “The 2015 London Marathon Runners”. In that year Cancer Research UK, as the official charity partner of the Virgin …

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What to run to: Adele Roberts

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts is running her first marathon in London in April. She shares some of the tunes that get her motivated. Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Givin In I like to start my Sunday long runs with a song where you can work your way into the run and build up. This track …

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Marathon Confidential part 2

Former runners share a few more things nobody tells you about running a marathon PREPARATION GET SOME SUPPORT Sharon Dickenson an Engineer who has run 13 marathons said, “Get some training buddies – you need two or three as not all of them will be good to go every day. Take your turn in being the one to be dragged …

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Breakfast of Champions

The most important meal of the day is extra-important when you’re about to run a marathon. So we asked Marcus Bean, TV chef and owner of the Brompton Cooking School – not to mention a keen marathon runner – how to prepare the perfect pre-run breakfast “This will be my fifth marathon – I’ve done it every year since 2012 …

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Unique Places to watch the London Marathon

Every year thousands of people line the streets to watch the Virgin Money London Marathon. It’s a great experience – but with these insider tips, it’ll be even more special for spectators. WITH A RUSH OF ADRENALINE The Thames Rush tour Spectators who want to get their own pulse racing on marathon day should book a seat on the Thames …

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The London Marathon Feeding Frenzy

You’ve trained for months, given it your all, crossed the finish line – and now you’re stark-raving ravenous. To undo all your good work with reckless abandon, here are London’s most outrageous mega-calorie blowouts… THE MEGA BURGER Unless you have the mouth of a crocodile and the handspan of a yeti, you’re going to need a knife and fork to demolish …

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Marathon Confidential

We spoke to some former runners who shared the things nobody tells you about running a marathon. TRAINING NO ONE KNOWS HOW FAR A MARATHON IS Rudi Schlenker, internet manager, eight marathons and four ultramarathons said “Get used to the following conversation: “I’m doing the London Marathon”. “How far’s that?” “It’s a marathon – they’re always 26.2 (always remember the …

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