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Hugh Brasher at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon

Today at Virgin Money London Marathon Race HQ, we are joined by Race Director Hugh Brasher, son of co-founder of the event Chris Brasher. The Mental Health Marathon Hugh’s first piece of business is to announce his delight that the 2017 London Marathon would be the first “Mental Health Marathon” aiming to raise awareness of Heads Together; the official partner charity …

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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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