ASICS Target 26.2: The Vote

Finally, it's time to unveil the ASICS Target 26.2 shortlist - and invite you to vote on the final five.

After receiving a whopping 1656 applications back in November, we whittled a huge stack of application forms down to just 40 runners invited to Boot Camp.

The ASICS Target 26.2 Boot Camp bandwagon hit Birmingham on Friday, a chance for the runners to meet the ASICS Target 26.2 coaches, PRO Team and Runner's World staff - and for us to assess each runner's training, health and injury history.

After Boot Camp we narrowed it down yet further, to a shortlist of 19 candidates across five categories. Now we want to find your favourites in the public vote.

NB: The vote will close at midday on Tuesday December 13, before the winners are announced and their forum threads launched on Wednesday December 14.

A note on categories

This year, we've organised the categories a little differently. Rather than impose restrictive time targets, we've focused on the wider goals most marathon runners have - from finishing that very first marathon, to the pursuit of a PB or the challenge of fitting running into a busy lifestyle.

You'll have one vote in each category - so choose carefully!

The Categories

First Timer

On a Plateau

Aiming for a Qualifying Time

PB Hunter

Juggling a Busy Lifestyle