Win the ultimate Virgin London Marathon experience

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to run your best ever marathon next Spring. For a second year, we've teamed up with Lucozade Sport to give you the chance to win a VIP training and racing package for the Virgin London Marathon 2010.

One-to-one coaching, personalised nutrition advice, your event entry (if you need it), travel and accommodation - you could enjoy all this and more in the run-up to race day (April 25).

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

  • Entry to the Virgin London Marathon 2010 (if needed)
  • One-to-one coaching and support throughout the duration of your training from one of three top coaches - Steve Smythe, Liz Yelling or Paul Evans
  • Personalised nutrition advice from the Lucozade Sport Performance Team, as well as a four-month supply of Lucozade Sport products to power you through your training
  • Admission to a training day with Liz Yelling in London on February 27, 2010 (return travel and accommodation included)
  • Entry to a new and exciting pacing event at Dorney Lake on March 28, 2010 (return travel and accommodation included)
  • Accommodation in an exclusive London hotel the night before the race
  • VIP hospitality after the race to help you recover like a pro
  • Lucozade Sport Super Six adidas running vest, tracksuit top, trainers and a state-of-the-art Garmin Forerunner 405

 

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 much more important than your previous race times - you'll be up for the challenge of following one of our marathon schedules and be prepared to share your training highs and lows with the Runner's World community (both online and in print).

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 sports scientist or simply chewing the fat with other runners.

You'll also be available to attend a meet-and-greet session with the coaches, the Lucozade Sport Performance Team and Runner's World staff in London on Saturday, December 5, a training day with Liz Yelling on February 27 and a pacing event at Dorney Lake on March 28.

TESTIMONIALS

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

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the Super Six experience. I've learnt a lot about how to train properly and more effectively and also a lot about my capabilities. I've always set my sights too low and I now know that I can and will achieve much more. By training effectively, I'm running faster than I was 20 years ago and hopefully I can continue to improve for years to come." fat face 

Thank you for giving me this fantastic opportunity and making it such a special experience. Steve's generous advice and support has been amazing, not just for me but for all the others who he has helped through their training. I really enjoyed the forums - the questions, advice, support and general camaraderie.  I feel like I've made some fantastic friends. It's been brilliant!" BellyBoyBarnes

"I have been so lucky and privileged to have this opportunity - and I am sure I will be boring my grandchildren with it in years to come. Thanks for all your support, you've been fantastic - supportive and beyond dedicated to the project!" Mystic

"My marathon training has been a fantastic and wonderful journey for me. My target time didn't happen this time, but it will do and it'll feel all the better for it! Huge thanks to each and every one involved." Sue C

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 abilities range from 2:30 to outside five hours.
Liz Yelling
Liz has been competing as a top international athlete for more than 15 years. In 2006, she won the Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and she has twice represented Great Britain in the Olympics (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). In 2007, she also won the British Half-Marathon and Marathon titles, and is a Lucozade Sport Running Ambassador.
Paul Evans
Paul was a finalist in the 10,000m in both the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He then went on to win the Chicago Marathon in 1996 with a career best of 2:08:51 - a time that, to this day, consolidates his place in the UK Marathon All Time Top 4. Paul is a UKA Level 4 Performance Coach and has worked as an Athletics Development Officer for Active Norfolk since September 2003.

HOW TO APPLY

First, download and complete our applicant questionnaire.
As well as some basic personal details,  we'll ask for 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 Wednesday, November 11 2009.

From all the entries we receive, we'll then whittle them down to a shortlist of between 18 and 24 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 a second stage of selection. 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 early December.

All shortlisted candidates will receive a Lucozade Sport Race-Day Essentials bag (packed with products to fuel your running), entry to a new pacing event at Dorney Lake on March 28, 2010 and a year's subscription to Runner's World magazine.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Entries close midday, Wednesday November 11. Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than Friday November 13.

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