Training, health and nutrition... Getting the basics right:

1. Visit your local running shop and get a gait analysis. The staff in the shop may also want to see your old/current running shoes and will then advise on the best shoe choice for you and your running style (biomechanics/gait).

2. Check out your local physio and get an MOT. We hope you are running a few miles already in training, but would you take your car on a super long journey without getting it serviced or knowing all is working well? An MOT from a good running physio will help prevent injury and they should give you some personal exercises and stretches to compliment your running.

3. Get medically checked out? Nothing to worry about here but if you have suffered from an illness or medical condition in the past we advise you to chat with your GP before starting the real marathon training.

4. Get plenty of sleep and try to get into a routine. The training only works and you will only gradually get fitter if the recovery is good. Aim to get 7-8 hours sleep a night as often as possible if you can. Research suggests that those getting less than 6-7 hours a night sleep are far more likely to pick up injury or illness in their marathon journey.

5. Focus on healthy nutrition most of the time. We all need and deserve our treats but the marathon body needs regular fuel in the form of healthy snacks, balanced meals and natural food choices. Poor fuel will lead to break down, illness, injury and fitness not progressing. Please eat or take on a recovery drink within minutes after each run and follow our simple line of "never hungry, never over full”. We will talk at greater length about nutrition, gels, hydration and more in the months ahead and at the training day.