TCS London Marathon training plans

A runner at London Marathon 2021.

Together we can run it. Together we can help beat childhood cancer.

Whether this is your first marathon, or you’re a seasoned pro, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

TCS London Marathon training plan downloads

Whatever your level, we’ve got a training plan to help you reach the finish line.

  • The beginner training plan is aimed at novice marathon runners covering the distance for the first time, with a few tweaks and challenges if you want to test yourself, or if you feel like pushing on a bit if your training is going really well. The plan assumes that you will run three times a week and that you’ve done very little running in the past but are generally in good health and committed to your marathon journey.
  • The improver plan is for runners who may have already completed a marathon and are looking to improve on a previous performance. The plan assumes you will run four times a week at the start of your training and that you’ve done plenty of running in the past.
  • The advanced training plan is for experienced runners who have completed a marathon before, and assumes you will run five times a week.

Please note: the Charity does not accept liability or responsibility for any advice given.

London Marathon team coach Phil.

Meet your marathon coach

We're pleased to introduce you to our TeamGOSH marathon training specialist, Phil Roberton.

Phil has worked alongside the London Marathon for more than 10 years, helping runners to achieve their marathon goals. And this year, we're so proud to have Phil on board as the official team coach, offering exclusive one-to-one support for TeamGOSH runners.

So, whether you're a first-time marathon runner or a seasoned pro looking for your next personal best, Phil is here to support you every step of the way! You can contact Phil directly via email or join one of our regular Zoom drop-in sessions or in-person training runs to ask your questions and find support. More details will be shared with runners via email.

Bernie Bear, GOSH Charity's mascot, at London Marathon.

Additional training support

We’ve put together these resources to help you achieve your goals – whatever your level.

Be sure to tailor your approach: there’s more than one way to get marathon ready, and our training plans are just one approach. If you’re injured, very sore or it’s not safe to run you can substitute running for cross training.

If you need to miss a training day because of work, injury or illness, don’t panic – step back into your training schedule when you’re able to and pick up where you left off.

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