8 things we learnt at Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

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:

  1. Stats from the 2012 Virgin London Marathon – 37,542 runners registered, 37,225 started and 36,705 finished.
  2. 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.
  3. The start time – it’s changed, the masses (that’s you and me) and elite men start at 10.00am instead of 9.45am.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Raising more money for charity – If you set a target on your fundraising page you could raise up to 60% more money.
  8. 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.

2 Responses to “8 things we learnt at Meet the Experts”


  1. 1 Nicola Naish February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I “met” the Experts on Saturday and what a brilliant day it was! So worth the trip to London!
    The buzz I got when I heard the news that I’d got a Golden Bond place with the Breast Cancer Campaign Team had dwindled with the enormity of the training and the fundraising schedule. I’m sure this is what many first time marathon runners feel?!

    However, after the speakers had informed us as to what to expect on race day, how are training should be looking and various fundraising tips… I suddenly found myself buzzing again.

    I’m really going to be running the London Marathon!
    And I’m so excited!

    Thanks for putting my mind at rest,
    Nicola Naish, Worthing

  2. 2 Alicia Mackelprang AKA Addy Ford February 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I am living in Arizona usa and training here for the 2013 london marathon, i will be home in England 3 weeks before the big day. Thank you for posting the tips as i am getting my inspiration and information from the web site. My brother is also running and told me his day in London with the ” experts” was amazing.
    I am so proud to have a place to run my first marathon to raise money for charity, this is a life goal. Thanks and have a great day, Alicia


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