For runners of all abilities, the marathon distance demands a dedicated and structured training plan to complete. If you’ve worked your way through the 5k, 10k and the half marathon distances and are ready to think about tackling 26.2 miles, you’re in the right place.

Updated: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Published: Monday 9 October 2023

The 5km distance can be both accessible and challenging depending on your experience. Tailored for beginners looking to get into running, our eight-week training plan combines running with strength training to help improve your cardiovascular fitness and get you ready to run the 5km distance.

Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Published: Friday 28 July 2023

The half-marathon distance bridges the gap between “short” distance and “long” distance running. For beginners or those that have done a 10k event it the past, 13.1 -miles (21km) is a challenging but attainable distance – as long as you have the right training plan.

Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Published: Wednesday 10 January 2024

The 10km distance is a challenging and rewarding distance that tests new and experienced runners alike. Whether you’ve just completed a 5km and are looking for a new challenge, or you’re eyeing up a new PB, our plan can help.

Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Published: Friday 12 January 2024

Couch to 5k is one of the most popular running programmes out there. Great for beginner runners looking to start their fitness journey, C25K is recommended by the NHS and balances walking, jogging, and running to build up to running the complete 5km distance.

Updated: Thursday 4 January 2024

Published: Thursday 4 January 2024

For a runner, there are few decisions as important as the marathon you choose. From the fastest courses to the most scenic locations to enjoy, we pick some of the UK's top locations for covering 26.2 miles.

Updated: Thursday 12 October 2023

Published: Friday 9 June 2023

If you're a runner in the UK, chances are you’ve heard of parkrun. The free event takes place at 9am every Saturday and sees thousands of people descend on locations around the country to walk or run 5km on a closed road course.

Updated: Thursday 12 October 2023

Published: Thursday 6 July 2023

The great thing about running is that it’s incredibly accessible and easy to get into. It’s a great way to keep fit and there’s no real need for any serious investment to get you started. While almost anyone can do it, it can be easy for beginners to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of shoes, garments, gadgets, and accessories that are out there. Thankfully, sticking to a few fundamental principles can save you hours of shopping around when you’re starting out.

Updated: Friday 28 July 2023

Published: Thursday 27 July 2023

If your duathlon is two months away, start to achieve consistent results by following this training programme from Personal Trainer Ryan Burn.

Updated: Thursday 6 April 2023

Published: Thursday 12 May 2016

Train for your upcoming marathon with this programme from Personal Trainer Lloyd Anthony.

Updated: Sunday 12 February 2023

Published: Thursday 9 June 2016

Running is booming, with global studies showing that more people than ever before are running. What is even more fascinating is that female participation rate is growing more than males. Hazel Eatwell, Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, shines the spotlight on the benefits of running to women and what they can do to ensure their pelvic health is not forgotten about during the gruelling training for the 26.2 miles of a marathon.

Updated: Thursday 2 February 2023

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2022

From first-timers to seasoned pros, reaching the marathon finish line should fill you with a sense of pride and achievement. But you’re not quite done.

Updated: Tuesday 27 September 2022

Published: Sunday 3 October 2021

Nuffield Health Nutritional Therapist Joanne Hart provides a food training programme to help you improve your performance throughout your marathon training and on the big day.

Updated: Wednesday 21 September 2022

Published: Friday 4 December 2015

What you eat on race day can mean the difference between hitting a record on the finish line, or not finishing at all. Ashleigh Ahlquist provides her nutrition tips for sustaining energy and a speedy recovery.

Updated: Friday 22 April 2022

Published: Tuesday 12 January 2016

If your marathon is a month away, use this training programme to prepare effectively for the big day and reduce your risk of injury.

Updated: Friday 3 September 2021

Published: Friday 3 September 2021

If your marathon is two months away, use this training programme to push yourself over the last few hurdles, where many start to flag.

Updated: Tuesday 3 August 2021

Published: Tuesday 3 August 2021

If your marathon is three months away, use this training programme to push yourself past your expectations to build strength, stamina and speed.

Updated: Saturday 3 July 2021

Published: Saturday 3 July 2021

If your marathon is four months away, use this training programme to begin to increase speed and stamina.

Updated: Monday 14 June 2021

Published: Monday 14 June 2021

Designed by Nuffield Health Personal Trainer Stacey Mountain, this intense workout focuses on your legs and glutes, taking you through a range of movements to build strength.

Updated: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Published: Friday 3 February 2017

Build strength, stamina and speed ahead of your 10k run with this training programme from Nuffield Health experts.

Updated: Wednesday 12 August 2020

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2018