Lucozade Sport Super Six 2010: The Winners

Introducing our Virgin London Marathon 2010 team

Posted: 24 November 2009

After a week of voting and frantic speculation, please join us in congratulating our Lucozade Sport Super Six winners: just back from a run, Matchstick Man, AndyV, Hashette, Evil Pixie and spinkletoes. Having been selected from more than 2,400 contenders, the lucky six will now travel to London to meet their mentors before embarking on their marathon journeys next month.

Make sure you don't miss out on the expert training advice, nutrition tips and community support they'll enjoy right up until April 25 - stay tuned for further updates coming soon.

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It's that time of year again - we’re on the lookout for six super-keen members to train up and treat to an elite support package at next year’s Virgin London Marathon (April 25, 2010).

Whether you’ve set your sights on breaking three hours or want to complete the distance for the first time, we’ll work with you to help you achieve your marathon goal by giving you:

  • One-to-one coaching and support throughout the duration of your training from one of three top coaches - Steve Smythe, Liz Yelling or Paul Evans
  • Personalised nutrition advice from the Lucozade Sport Performance Team, as well as a four-month supply of Lucozade Sport products to power you through your training
  • Admission to a training day with Liz Yelling in London on February 27, 2010
  • Entry to a new and exciting pacing event at Dorney Lake on March 28, 2010
  • Lucozade Sport Super Six adidas running vest, tracksuit top, trainers and a state-of-the-art Garmin Forerunner 405
One night’s luxury hotel accommodation, travel costs to and from London and VIP hospitality on race day are also included.

You don’t even need a place in the race; we can take care of this for you (but we also want to hear from those who’ve already got a place, either through the ballot, their club or a charity).

We’ve changed the selection process slightly this year  - first, you’ll need to fill out a short questionnaire (before midday, Wednesday November 11) and we’ll then narrow down all the applications to a shortlist of between 18 and 24 runners. Lastly, we’ll be inviting you to vote for the final line-up.

Good luck everyone!

Catherine RW
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 11:28

no thanks

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 11:30

I think it's such a fantastic opportunity for someone. I'd love to do it but can't. Good luck to those of you who go for it though, I look forward to jealously reading all about it!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 11:44

You won't catch me entering this way

no way........hooooooosaaaaaaaaaaay

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 12:37

Is this year going to be like Gladiators or The Kryton Factor.
Might give it a try.

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 12:43

its more like "Bring on the Wall!"
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 12:47

Does this mean we won't get the chance to bitch about the one-post wonders?

I'm very disappointed...

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 12:48

I`d run, walk or crawl for an opportunity like this, count me in.

Woohooooo!!!!!! Even being on the shortlist would be an achievement!!!

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 13:20

You can bitch about me if you like JB
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 13:54

I'm in...applications in and fingers crossed. Would be great to have a chance at such an opportunity...not just the race but the whole build up!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 15:22

At my age, one last chance at trying to run at my fullest ability would be welcome. However probably have no chance of being selected so I will say " the very best of luck" to those that will be. Enjoy the experience...
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 15:46

Gotta be positive, or else what is the point?  Well said "The man of Bronze" - I am with you, it is a great opportunity!  Good luck to the fellow applicants...
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 15:55

I thought I had run enough with one marathon but I'm tempted to try again.  At least I will beat my PB and so I must try. 
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 16:17

I pleased they have done it this way...because the bitching about the one post wonders might have put a few of them off posting again........

Its great to have a mixed bag of runners which includes a beginner because it makes it all more interesting....

 good luck to those who want a place

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 16:19

II might give it a go.  Any help with those 18 milers would be great thou.   motorized scooter anyone
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 16:27

Ooooooh - tempting.  My luck was in when I got a ballot place this year after a number of previous rejections.  Soooo, perhaps luck's still in??  Who knows ... a girl's gotta try.
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 16:56

It sounds pretty exciting actually, as I've always been scared of entering for a marathon, because of a hopefully unfounded belief that I would stop enjoying running, but proper runners probably know how to keep finding the old enjoyment and still improve. Training motivation would much easier if someone else has set you the targets! Might just enter.

 btw anyone want to prove or disprove my theory about marathons taking the inspiration out of running?

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 16:58

Yep I'm in,  good opportunity if out of the blue you get in the team, some great training and advice, some goodies and a run through London!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 17:01

great opportunity....why wouldn't you want to do it? Answers please before I apply!!!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 17:18

Can't think of any reason not to apply.  Have just completed application and sent it off.  What an opportunity!!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 18:34

If this doesnt motivate you...what will??!!  Im putting in an application

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 18:41

Ive entered
I might be doing a race I said I would never ever do again but I blame Flora
and Richard Branson is a mate so you know
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 18:54

Yep, I'll throw my hat in this ring too. I intend to be far more hardcore in this year's training than I was the first time round, and some official help would be extremely motivational and make for great content for my training videos
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 20:03

I've put in my application in too, this is such a fantastic opportunity!
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 20:45

oh I would love to but would get shouted at because I would have to try and hide my cross training "bit" (cough) 

shall I shant I .........

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 21:25

I was going to declare my interest this year but sadly the first compulsory date I shall be getting lost in Wales
Posted: 05/11/2009 at 21:35

I'm in!

Would really really love to be chosen as I was gutted to be rejected and am more than happy to bear my soul at regular intervals. Opportunity of a lifetime

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 21:44

Sent my application off

Even if I don't get picked hopefully I can live the training vicariously through whoever does.  Much less effort I think!

Do you know if the entrants will share much of the training tips on the forum or a dedicated page?  It would be good to see how much work the professionals line them up with and I wasn't around this time last year to see the previous lot.

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 21:45

I cant wait to enter, am really excited about the marathon this year, intrested to see how Virgin sponsoring the marathon will change things.

Posted: 05/11/2009 at 21:59

Clarification for all concerned please.. does 'registered member' of etc mean existing members (with some history on the forums) or anyone who registers now so as to, opportunistically as it were, enter the competition??
Posted: 06/11/2009 at 00:38

I've entered too, it would be fantastic to be trained by athletes of that calibre.

I met Paul in 2007 at an England Athletics training day in Essex, very motivating human being, it was a tough training session but he made it fun at the same time! I remember he had us run out around the edge of a sports field at a good pace, when the whistle sounded we had to sprint in the opposite direction to get back to the start faster than the run out. I'm shure he was taking a few seconds off with each effort back though!!

Good luck to all!

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 01:04

Me too. I'd love to strike a blow for us oldies by doing this.

I found reading last year's blogs inspirational and would love to be able to do that for others. The interaction must be pretty motivational for the participants and the people reading them.

It would also be amazing to meet Liz, Steve and Paul. Liz Yelling was at a Richmond Parkrun that I took part in but I never got a chance to speak to her. She seemed so modest and friendly though.

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 05:21

I ran the London Marathon this year, and followed one of the Runners World schedules for about ten weeks. I stopped following the schedule as I started to pick up overtraining type injuries, but managed to get over them in time to line up for the race. I was interested to see you were recruiting for the Lucozade super six again, an article that I followed with interest last year, but noted that you have so far failed to point out that, inspite of all the expert training and advice, only two of the six were fit enough to race and of those only the one with the least punishing schedule finnished. All done with good intentions I know, but I think you should place greater emphasis on runners being individuals and not fitting generic schedules designed for professionals not us mere mortals. Sorry rant over... good luck everyone!
Posted: 06/11/2009 at 07:43

I put my entry in - am running london for 4th time and feel like i never really achieved  what i want - perhaps this will help,  I'm no record breaker!  i think i forgot to put my forum name on it though?!?! Fingers crossed though!!!
Posted: 06/11/2009 at 09:23

Brilliant opportunity.  Have submitted my entry....  Have not been lucky on the ballot 5 times now, but for the first time, was actually disappointed this year.  Fingers crossed.
Posted: 06/11/2009 at 09:59

I have applied - you have to apply to stand a chance and the best of luck to anyone else applying.

I look forward to reading about those who are successful.

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 10:15

have applied. the threads were all inspirational last year and I will follow the 4h30 one this year whether I'm writing it or not!

(Liam FYI 3 of the 6 started this year.  think this rant has been done elsewhere already... and the 4h30 schedule was definitely tailored for the individual who ran it. )

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 10:24

Wardi wrote (see)
Clarification for all concerned please.. does 'registered member' of etc mean existing members (with some history on the forums) or anyone who registers now so as to, opportunistically as it were, enter the competition??

A very good point I was thinking the same. I have been a runnersworld member for a while now but never posted on the forum really before. And in regards to the member who didnt put there name on entry form, I dont think this matters to much because, like myself not everyone has a forum nickname.

Good luck all

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 10:41

Thanks to everyone who has submitted an application form so far. In terms of being a registered member, we just need you to have a site profile from the off. As in previous years, we're welcoming submissions from both regular forum users and those who are new to posting (but have lots to contribute...).

Hope that helps and good luck!


Posted: 06/11/2009 at 12:34


 When are you likely to be notifying those who are successful and those who were less lucky?

 I am sure it said on the e-mail but I seem to have missed it.

 Thank you.


Posted: 06/11/2009 at 13:11

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