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Getting in, getting there and getting around… Richard Boese updates his guide to the London Marathon

The ballot for places in the 2019 London Marathon is open and you have until 5pm on Friday 4th May to enter. Inspired by the SJs who completed the 26.2 miles this year and fancy it yourself? Marathon expert Richard Boese has written this useful guide to give yourself the best chance of getting a place […]

28th/29th April – SJ Weekend Run Down

28th/29th April – SJ Weekend Run Down

First up thanks to all the London Marathon runners who wrote reports on their experiences. It was a privilege to be the first to read these accounts and share with the broader membership. There were so many determined performances in very challenging conditions and it struck me how many of those members had to overcome […]

Collette Callanan celebrates a fantastic run at the London Marathon with a cheese sandwich and a couple of cans of Heineken

Collette Callanan celebrates a fantastic run at the London Marathon with a cheese sandwich and a couple of cans of Heineken

There will be a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day. Last Sunday morning, along with thousands of other runners, I underwent the ritual familiar to many who have ever run the London Marathon. The early wake-up (for me this was 04.30hrs) after a fitful night’s sleep. The consumption of […]

Dave Bartlett and wing man Nigel Evans sampled the Southampton Half Marathon

Dave Bartlett and wing man Nigel Evans sampled the Southampton Half Marathon

In April 2017 I received my largest race number yet, disappointingly 48hrs before the event I found myself withdrawing through injury. As a result the best part of a year in advance, I found myself registering for the Southampton Half Marathon with a feeling of unfinished business. I have to say a year as a […]

Emma Lewis shares her secrets to the best way of enjoying the London Marathon (spoiler – it involves doing it with other SJs)

Emma Lewis shares her secrets to the best way of enjoying the London Marathon (spoiler – it involves doing it with other SJs)

I have a love hate relationship with London Marathon.  The first time I ran it was 2010 when my 3rd daughter was 10 months old.  I was under trained and under prepared.  This was in my pre-SJ days and I had done all my long runs on my own, travelled to the start on my […]

Let Debra Harris take you to the greatest street party in London – The London Marathon

Let Debra Harris take you to the greatest street party in London – The London Marathon

I found out I had a much coveted place for this year’s VLM in January after being drawn no 32 in the marshall ballot. I was way behind on training due to ankle issues; I had managed a 10k run and some shorter runs with cross training in between before sadly training took a back […]

Jackie Kent shares what its like to welcome London Marathon runners over the finish line

Jackie Kent shares what its like to welcome London Marathon runners over the finish line

Having run the London marathon for two years running, I decided not to apply for 2018. Instead, I chose to volunteer to marshal. I previously marshalled in 2015 and loved every minute of it so I was very keen to have another go. I replied to Ian’s email as soon as I saw it and […]