Virgin London Marathon: Running Legends’ Advice

Be inspired by the running greats before you take on Sunday's Virgin London Marathon

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Scott Overall

Top tip for beginners:

Enjoy it and don’t worry too much about the distance. If you’ve done the training you’ll be okay. If you haven’t, the crowds will have a great impact and they’ll get you round. Just try not to think of how far you’ve got left and take your mind off it - think of it as a sight-seeing trip around London

Run with others:

If it does get hard use the people around you for a boost. Around the 18-20 mile mark everyone is going to be going through the same emotions and pain. Try to run with someone else who is struggling and you can spur each other on – it’s always easier running with someone else.

Read our Team GB profile of Scott Overall and find out why he’s pacing at this year’s London Marathon.

Image: Scott at the 2011 Berlin Marathon (credit: Frank Sygusch/Getty Images) 

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