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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 email@example.com)
- 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.
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
| 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
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.