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The next London Marathon will be held in April, and as always is set to be one of the highlights of the running calendar. Marathon runners come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter what your motivation or your target finish time, there will be many others running with similar attitudes and abilities. As in previous years there will be a group of runners from the Hare and Hounds competing in this huge event, and you can be a part of it. If you need extra competitive motivation, the London Marathon serves as both the official Varsity Marathon (with Blues and Half Blues up for grabs) and the BUCS Marathon, so not only would you be running for a personal time, but also against Oxford and other British Universities.
If you are interested in running the London Marathon, then you should email the CUH&H Marathon Secretary, on . You'll find a broad description of the entry process below:
- Public Ballot Places
- Automatic Places
- Club (Brasher) Places
- Charity Places
Attempting to run the 26 miles and 385 yards of a marathon, at whatever pace you aim to run it, will take a certain amount of commitment to training over a significant period of time. Most training schedules for marathons last in the region of 16 weeks, which means that for the London marathon, training should be starting around Christmas time! However, the initial weeks are quite light in most programmes, so just continuing to do the usual Hare and Hounds runs will suffice until the New Year.
Between Christmas and April, much of the Hare and Hounds training will be useful for marathon runners. However some may have to be adapted so your body can cope with the extra distance of the marathon. The most important session of the week is the long run (12-26+ miles) which takes place on Sunday morning. There is a marathon specific facebook group where anyone can post to ask for advice or arrange runs with others. Everyone is particularly encouraged to take part in the club-organised Cambridge Boundary Run (run half if you think it's too close to London).
If you have any questions regarding the London Marathon, marathon training or places, feel free to email the Marathon Secretary.