From meeting the experts to writing to-do lists, here's all you need to know ahead of the Virgin London Marathon 2012.
Our interactive mile-by-mile guide is packed with details of the landmarks you'll spot en route, where to find refreshment stations and local transport links (useful for your support crew) too. What's more, hover over the mile markers and you'll enjoy some of our best reader tips on what to expect every step of the way.
Free Pacing Groups
Once again, we're inviting you to enjoy the RW Pace Team's free pacing groups at the Virgin London Marathon. All you need is an official entry - you don't need to register with us separately.
We'll be leading six groups:
- 7-minute miling (actually 6:53; just under a 3:00 marathon)
- 8:00 miling (just under 3:30)
- 9:00 miling (just under 4:00)
- 10:00 miling (just under 4:30)
- 11:00 miling (just under 5:00)
- 'Get You Round' (jogging pace, with a one-minute walk break after every five minutes and aiming to finish around 5:15)
Meet Us At Expo
Marathon registration opens on Wednesday (April 18) at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in Docklands. Be sure to say hello to us at the Runner's World stand (148), chat to our pacers and pick up one of our marathon backpacks. Just £10 gets you a fab rucksack, packed full of loads of free stuff (worth more than £40 in total). Hurry, they sell out quick!
Join The Mile 17 Crew
Don't forget to look out for an amazing bunch of forumites near Mudchute (Mile 17). This year Sister Bad Habit and Tickled Pink are co-ordinating a team of supporters who'll be on hand with drinks, sweets and cheers for marathoners. Are you planning to watch the race and able to lend a hand? Find out more.
ASICS Target 26.2Now race day is nearly here, make sure you catch up with the latest from our team of Paris Marathon hopefuls. They've been mentored since late 2011 by coaches Sam Murphy and Steve Smythe (as well as the ASICS PRO Team). Join the forums now to benefit from their experiences in Paris, for last-minute advice and top race-day tactics. Plus discover lots of great spring marathon advice in the ASICS Target 26.2 hub.
Day By Day - Your Final Countdown
One week to go – the perfect tapering plan
The final instalment of our three-week marathon taper plan has everything you should be doing, eating and thinking one week from race day.
Marathon week day-by-day preparation guide
The seven-day countdown that no runner should be without – we've got mind, body, food, drink and admin covered!
Your first marathon: words from the wise
Fail-safe advice for marathon first-timers, written by our forumites.
Race-day Preparation Guide
Full of tried and trusted tips, it's what we learned the hard way!
Finally, our one-stop marathon shop contains links to almost every article we have on running 26.2 miles.
These are our emergency 'What If...' guides - more than 20 scenario-by-scenario answers to help you in any marathon situation. What if it rains...? What if I get a slower start than I planned...? What if I feel really great at Mile 10...?
And plenty afterwards...
There'll be no shortage of photos, stories - and forum chat galore - in the week after the marathon so make sure you check back regularly next week...