A-ttention! After the application stage, when we whittled down our hopefuls to a final 50, Bootcamp came next in the Target 26.2 calendar.

Bootcamp day
Bootcamp was on 29 November 2013, when we put 50 shortlisted runners through their paces for the day.

Our coaches Sam Murphy and Steve Smythe devised the day, which was designed to put our hopefuls' running to the test. However it was not about spotting the speedy ones: while we were keen to know the runners' 5K times (which could be anything from sub 20 to 30 mins+), we were keen to see their running technique and pacing skills too. We wanted to find out what got the runners up and out of the door each day and what it would mean to stand on that Paris Marathon start line in April 2014.

ASICS Pro Team Physio Sarah Connors also joined us for the day to assess our runners' marathon potential and give a masterclass on injury prevention. Each hopeful also got the chance to have a gait analysis and receive one-to-one guidance from ASICS biomechanics experts to make sure they were running in the correct running shoes to suit their running form.

Get a taster from 2012...
Bootcamp might sound tough, but it’s great fun really. See what our 2012 hopefuls got up to in this ASICS Target 26.2 Bootcamp video from last year's campaign.
222 days : 20 hrs : 27 mins