Win the ultimate spring marathon experience

Join the Runner's World team for our first ever Paris Marathon and enjoy an unbeatable training and racing package


Posted: 11 November 2010

Runner's World & ASICS

It's all change with our Super Six scheme for 2011. We've teamed up with ASICS to give you the chance to win a VIP training and racing package for the 2011 Paris Marathon sponsored by ASICS.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to run your best ever marathon next spring - read on!

It's simply an incredible prize - an unmissable chance to discover your true running potential with the support of our elite team. You'll have one-to-one advice from top coaches Bud Baldaro and Steve Smythe, the combined expertise of the ASICS PRO Team and of course the input of runnersworld.co.uk forumites. Not only that, but you'll also be kitted out with head-to-toe ASICS gear, race entry, travel and post-race hospitality.


WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

Paris Marathon - Runner's World Super Six
  • Entry to the Paris Marathon on April 10, 2011(if needed)
  • One-to-one coaching and support throughout the duration of your training from one of our pair of top coaches - Steve Smythe or Bud Baldaro
  • Personalised dietary, physio and sports psychology support from the ASICS PRO Team throughout your training
  • Admission to two training days with Steve Smythe, Bud Baldaro and the PRO Team in Birmingham on January 29 and March 5 2011 (return travel and where necessary accommodation included - for clarification please email editor@runnersworld.co.uk)
  • Entry to one of a selection of UK half-marathons in the build up to your marathon (return travel and accommodation included - for clarification please email editor@runnersworld.co.uk)
  • Travel to Paris and accommodation in an exclusive central Paris hotel the night before the race
  • VIP hospitality after the race to help you recover like a pro
  • A full set of ASICS Super Six kit, comprising head-to-toe ASICS running kit, trainers and a state-of-the-art Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS watch
  • A year's subscription to Runner's World magazine

 

WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

Six highly enthusiastic runners (of all abilities) who are prepared to commit 100% to this exciting project. Motivation and the desire to succeed are more important than your previous race times - you'll be up for the challenge of following one of our new and improved 2011 marathon schedules and be prepared to share your training highs and lows with the Runner's World community (both online and in print). You will need to be able to commit to following and completing the RW marathon schedule, and be ready to begin training on December 20.

You'll already be a registered member of runnersworld.co.uk and you'll feel at home chatting on our forums, whether you're analysing a recent session with your mentor, discussing what you ate for breakfast with a nutritionist or simply chewing the fat with other runners.

You'll also be available to attend a Selection Day with the coaches, PRO Team experts and Runner's World staff in Birmingham on Saturday December 4, two training days in Birmingham on January 29 and March 5 2011 and one of a selection of ASICS half-marathons.

TESTIMONIALS

Here's what some of last year's team had to say about their experience:

"I must thank you for a fantastic prize. I've loved being part of this and even though my marathon went totally pear shaped (just shows we are all human!) I really enjoyed the journey and would happily do it again! My thread has been a real pleasure to "host" and I am sure I can speak for everyone on there when I say we all learned a lot about training and nutrition (and indeed ourselves)." Evil Pixie

"The Super Six project can really work.The whole Super Six experience has been, and will remain, one of the greatest of my life. I judge this not by my finish time on the day but how prepared I was on the start line given that I had virtually zero running experience compared with the others. I absolutely loved it. My coach Steve was truly fantastic. He went way beyond the "job description” - he came on board the thread before the start date and is still answering queries now." Andy V

"It's an amazing project and we are all immensely grateful for the chance we've been given. This is like nothing else any of us have ever done or are likely to do in the future so we all recognise it's a once in a lifetime chance and we've all grabbed it with both hands and gone with it." Matchstick Man

THE EXPERTS

Steve Smythe
Steve worked at Runner's World for 10 years and took over the marathon schedules when Bruce Tulloh retired from writing them. Steve has run more than 60 marathons (26 Londons) and as well as holding a PB of 2:29, he has also won a British marathon title in his age group. As far as his coaching record goes - he's helped one runner to British international level over the marathon distance and another to a British age-group record. He also coaches around 30 runners in his running club, whose marathon times range from 2:30 to outside five hours.
Bud Baldaro
Former national marathon coach and ASICS PRO Team member Bud Baldaro is one of the UK's top middle and long distance running coaches. With more than 20 years' experience of coaching athletes at all levels, he now works as a mentor for England Athletics and is athletics coach to the University of Birmingham team. Bud has coached Olympians, Commonwealth medallists, World and European champions and several UK record breakers.

THE ASICS PRO TEAM

ASICS has been developing sports performance shoes and apparel for over 60 years, bringing innovative product solutions to the world of running thanks to research from the ASICS Institute of Sports Science and collaboration with leading athletes.

But the runner's holistic wellbeing is just as important to ASICS as the company's commitment to scientific research, innovation and quality in their products. The ethos of ASICS can be summed up by the company motto ‘Sound mind, sound body'. Through initiatives such as the ASICS PRO Team and interactive training tool MyASICS, the sports performance company aims to help runners of all abilities achieve their ambitions with a complete and continuous running support and advice package.

This year's Super Six will benefit from the expertise of the ASICS PRO Team on their journey to Paris Marathon success. The ASICS PRO Team are a group of running specialists, each with a specific area of expertise. Whether you're having your nutrition strategy reviewed by dietician Ruth McKean, your cross-training cross-examined by Nicki Waterman or physio support from Sarah Connors - the ASICS PRO Team will be there with expert advice every step of the way.

HOW TO APPLY

How to apply - Runner's World Super Six - Paris Marathon

First, download and complete the application form. As well as some basic personal details, we'd like a brief synopsis of your running background, your target marathon time and your reasons for wanting to join our team. Please return your application to us via email before midday on Friday, November 19 2010.

From all the entries we receive, we'll then whittle them down to a longlist of runners across a variety of target times. If you are shortlisted, we'll contact you by telephone after the entry closing date.

There will then be two further stages of selection. The first is a 'boot camp' style selection day in Birmingham on December 4 2010, where you will meet the coaches, PRO Team experts and Runner's World staff to assess your health, fitness and injury history.

Shortly after the selection day, we will choose a final shortlist of 18-24 runners. Information about the shortlisted runners will be published on runnersworld.co.uk and the RW community invited to vote for the final line-up. The final result will be announced in mid-December before the training schedules start on December 20.

All shortlisted candidates will receive an ASICS goody bag (packed with kit perfect for your marathon training), entry to a spring half-marathon of your choice and a copy of the Runner's World Complete Guide to Running (RRP £9.99).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Entries close midday, Friday November 19. Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than Friday November 24.

For further information on the competition terms and conditions (including the dates of training seminars and pacing events), please visit www.runnersworld.co.uk/asicssupersixtermsandconditions. Only entries from persons aged 18 and over will be accepted.


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It's the time of year you've all been waiting for - we’re on the hunt for six super-keen runnersworld.co.uk members to train up and treat to an elite support package.

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. It's simply an incredible prize - an unmissable chance to discover your true running potential with the support of our elite team. You'll have one-to-one advice from top coaches Bud Baldaro and Steve Smythe, the combined expertise of the ASICS PRO Team and of course the input of runnersworld.co.uk forumites. Not only that, but you'll also be kitted out with head-to-toe ASICS gear, race entry, travel and post-race hospitality.

This year for the first time we've teamed up with ASICS to take our Super Six to la belle France, to run the Paris Marathon on April 10 2011.

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 - you’ll need to fill in our application form (before midday, Friday November 19) and we’ll then narrow down the applications to a longlist who will be invited to a selection day. The lucky applicants who make it through the selection day will form a shortlist of between 18 and 24 runners. The final stage? We’ll be inviting you, the runnersworld.co.uk members, to vote for the final line-up.

Good luck everyone!

Alice RW


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 13:55

ASICS Super Six 2011 launch day is finally here! If you have any questions about the prize, application or selection process please just pop them on this thread and we'll do our best to get back to you swiftly!

Once again, good luck - we look forward to reading your applications!

Alice RW


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 13:57

would love to Alice but nobody's intervention  short of God's would get me fit enough for  doing it
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 14:01

It appears RW have negated the only good thing about this comp...entry to VLM!

Paris is first come first served entry isnt it, so why bother entering this to get a place??

I hope you're paying accomodation and travel (and what happens if you get another ash cloud and particpants cant get there?)...

Very weird choice from a marketing perspective

Perhaps you think this will deflect criticism about the format of the competition elsewhere - it wont.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 14:24

apart from the different venue..........can you tell me the changes to last year............as a lot of feedback was given last year on a specific thread and I am interested into how the feedback was used to improve the training schedules

 and also is accomodation and transport provided..........

thanks


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 14:33

The link at the top has more details on what is provided.

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/win-the-ultimate-spring-marathon-experience/5857.html

Looks like one of the improvements Seren is that the SS is not sponsored by Lucozade now   If however improvements have been made to the training/schedule, this could be a great opportunity. 


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 14:41

The link that Little Ninja posts above makes the structure of the competition clearer.

Actually, I don't think having Paris as the marathon in question is a bad idea at all, it deters those who just enter the competition to gain entry to VLM.

I can see some positive changes already, revised schedules, the training starting pre Christmas, the encouragement of those familiar with the forums to apply (if you read between the lines) although I have only skim read to content so far.

Lets give it a chance shall we before we knock it?


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:00

Sue C wrote (see)

The link that Little Ninja posts above makes the structure of the competition clearer.

Actually, I don't think having Paris as the marathon in question is a bad idea at all, it deters those who just enter the competition to gain entry to VLM.

I can see some positive changes already, revised schedules, the training starting pre Christmas, the encouragement of those familiar with the forums to apply (if you read between the lines) although I have only skim read to content so far.

Lets give it a chance shall we before we knock it?

But thats no fun

Its more the unrealistic goal setting that I disagree with (that plus public pressure to perform at a distance which we all know is a very tough task master)!
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:04

But reading the structure, they have changed things. For example, inviting the shortlist to the boot camp will help to ensure the people are chosen are better matched to the schedules.

And people doing VLM can still follow the SS threads. The programs will just be a few weeks ahead.

That said, it'd still be good to hear how the programs have changed before I vote for people I like
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:06

You'll already be a registered member of runnersworld.co.uk and you'll feel at home chatting on our forums,

This is a good change imho.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:22

However, I feel you might get an influx of people joining today, which is cheating.
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:23

Well I think it looks fab.  .  Just a shame I'll be at Brighton that day.  Maybe 2012 then...
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:31

Does this mean an end to the endless canvassing on every thread going by people i've never heard off?
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 16:08

Flat Footed wrote (see)
Does this mean an end to the endless canvassing on every thread going by people i've never heard off?

Look at my post.......


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 16:13

I'd be very surprised if some of the short-listed people weren't very new but do we really need to have this discussion every year? We can still vote for the people we wish to. Last year I didn't just vote for forumites I knew on here and I'll do the same this year.
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 16:16

I like the idea of Paris over London and for the first time ever I'm actually tempted with this. 

Alice - is the accommodation and travel to Paris just for one though?  If I were to do this and train hard for it I'd like my OH to go too, especially as he would have to support me through the hours of training.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 16:57

This looks like a really great opportunity assuming the coaches won't be tied into an off the shelf schedule, a more realistic marathon day goal setting process is used and a more thorough vetting of the candidates is put in place (which looks like happening).

Someone is going to be very fortunate to be coached by Bud Baldaro.

If this is done properly this has the potential to be excellent, it really does.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 17:25

Double post
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 17:27

Unlike last year's:

SuperSix Post Mortem


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 17:28

kittenkat wrote (see)

You'll already be a registered member of runnersworld.co.uk and you'll feel at home chatting on our forums,

This is a good change imho.


kittenkat wrote (see)
However, I feel you might get an influx of people joining today, which is cheating.


You have to register to post as did everyone last year, cant see how this changes anything?




Given the choice I would do Paris over London for the simple reason I have done London,  a refreshing change from the norm
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 17:29

Have they airbrushed all the VLM bits off the jackets in the photo??
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 17:30

Well spotted Flat Footed!

Before   and After

 I think I'm entering this anyway.  But 100 words isn't very much.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 18:49

Soup Dragon wrote (see)

 But 100 words isn't very much.

Isn't that the point Soup?

Can't say I blame RW for not wanting  to read loads of really long entries either. Good luck!
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 18:55

Lol so they did !!   


Can of red spray paint at the ready!

Posted: 11/11/2010 at 19:03


PSC
Like the sound of this.
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 19:10

M...eldy wrote (see)
Lol so they did !!   


Can of red spray paint at the ready!

So, a fall out with Lucozade do you think?


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 20:18

Moraghan wrote (see)

This looks like a really great opportunity assuming the coaches won't be tied into an off the shelf schedule, a more realistic marathon day goal setting process is used and a more thorough vetting of the candidates is put in place (which looks like happening).

Someone is going to be very fortunate to be coached by Bud Baldaro.

If this is done properly this has the potential to be excellent, it really does.

I dare you to enter
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 20:23

I've entered, I always enter. I just feel as soon as I put my forum name on it, game over.

I'm going to pretend to be someone else next year.


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 20:26

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/227429/gallery/rabbit_wants_carrot.gif?width=100&height=100&mode=max


(Disclaimer: I'm joking about 2 out of 3 of those comments above)


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 20:29

Interesting!  I like the idea of the boot camp to assess fitness, discuss injury history and your target time.

I'd consider entering but I'm sure it would end up being an injury curse (I'm a bit fragile at the moment as it is), especially if my only choice of lightweight support shoe for the race was the DS Trainer. 


Posted: 11/11/2010 at 20:32

"Personalised dietary, physio and sports psychology support from the ASICS PRO Team throughout your training"
It looks to me like things have been learnt from previous years and if the sports psychology bit is serious, then I reckon the six chosen will be very well looked after.
I wish all the applicants well and hope they have a fantastic time. It sounds really good and looks like the people who are applying will be serious about doing "a" marathon rather than "the" marathon.
I had a whale of a time on the SSX 2010 project and it was just a shame I managed to acheive the target 5 weeks later than planned!
Posted: 12/11/2010 at 21:33

If they have listened to the feedback last year and improved the training schedules then i think i will be interested in following some of them.....I was on a couple of threads last year
Posted: 12/11/2010 at 22:37

Best of luck to all. Last year was awesome, an experience I still treasure, and I expect this year will be even better.

With the benefit of hindsight the best advice I can give to all the newer runners (ie like me last year) thinking of applying is you need to build the mile base now. Don't think of a mara as 16 weeks training only if you want to avoid injury and fulfil your potential.


Posted: 12/11/2010 at 22:43

Ah the temptation to apply again...lost out to Spinkletoes last year (a worthy winner though). Does anyone know if being shortlisted last year precludes you from being shortlisted this year?
Posted: 14/11/2010 at 16:47

Well it may well entice new members and so it should - at the very least it's awoken this sleepy member.  This opportunity seems to have a lot more pros than cons - true Paris ain't no London but you also get to go to Birmingham...or is it Manchester ? Those 4 December locations under 'Who we're looking for' and 'how to apply' perhaps point to the first test of endurance running??
Posted: 14/11/2010 at 20:10

I've entered already. what a fantastic opportunity to learn from such experienced people. I've not been a member on here for long, and i have not made that many posts, but i follow the site avidly, i'd love to win this. I've never done a marathon before, but it's been a goal for a long while now.

As much as i'm sure the London is "The" marathon so many people want to run, i'm sure that the Paris marathon will be every bit as good.

Fingers crossed.


Posted: 15/11/2010 at 11:39

As Super Gibo say's!

I am planing to do my first Marathon in 2011 anyway so this has really come at the right time for me!

My form was sent in on Friday so fingers crossed I at least get to see some of you in Birmingham or Manchester on the 4th.


Posted: 15/11/2010 at 14:15

i think this sounds like a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced runners, nutritionists, etc

time to download the application form....


Posted: 15/11/2010 at 16:25

As usual at this time of the year, when an application comes to me via email I fill it in and hope for the best.  Actually I do that with any competition and the number I have won are very low, or close to zero in reality.  But perhaps this time... 

However the opportunity to work with a professional sports team is not to be missed


Posted: 15/11/2010 at 17:08

Me and my friend are going to do the New York in 2011, so this comes at a very good time to get professional help. 


Posted: 16/11/2010 at 08:06

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