We’re not counting this one, but did you know that since the first year of the Virgin London Marathon £610 million has been raised for good causes!
Every year the London Marathon team host an event just for runners who got their place through a charity called ‘Meet the Experts’. And as the official fundraising partner to this event Virgin Money Giving always grasps this opportunity to host a stand and chat to as many runners as possible.
There were some great expert speakers on stage at the event each giving lots of useful advice, here are 8 things we learnt:
- Stats from the 2012 Virgin London Marathon – 37,542 runners registered, 37,225 started and 36,705 finished.
- How it all began – “To believe this story you must believe that the human race be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible”. Vision of the London Marathon founders, 1979.
- The start time – it’s changed, the masses (that’s you and me) and elite men start at 10.00am instead of 9.45am.
- Practice your pose – your finish line photo is one of the most important pictures you’ll ever have, as you cross the line hold your arms in the air and smile, make it a good one.
- Listen to your body – when you’re marathon training it’s quite tough on your body but learn how to ‘read it’ and listen know what’s good and bad pain.
- Runners World Pacing Team – for the first time ever, the Runners World pacing team will be at all three London Marathon starts – red, green and blue – to help you achieve your goal finish time.
- Raising more money for charity – If you set a target on your fundraising page you could raise up to 60% more money.
- Social Media is key – promoting your page and keeping your ‘fans’ updated on your progress through Facebook and Twitter could help you raise more money.
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Virgin London Marathon 2013, if you went along to the event or have anymore useful tips to share get in touch.