Training Plans

Having a training plan is key to achieving your goal on Race Day.

Whether you are aiming to complete The Big Half as a major bucket list item, or it’s a stepping-stone towards the Virgin Money London Marathon or another full marathon, it is vital that you have a plan to help you get there.

You will get a great sense of satisfaction when you tick off training sessions as you move through the weeks –  and when you look back on your progress over the course of the training schedule.

By sticking to a plan, which was designed by an experienced running coach, you will also reduce your risk of injury, feel more motivated and, ultimately, get the best out of yourself when you cross that Start Line.

See the links below for our 13 and nine-week training plans – for beginners and improvers – to help you get started.

Which one should I choose?

If you’re completely new to running, this 13-week programme will ease you in gently. With three sessions a week, each comprising a mix of running and walking and a gradual increase in time spent running, it will set you on the right track towards that first Race Day.

If you can already run 5km without stopping, the nine-week training plan for regular runners is for you. Over nine weeks you'll do a mixture of long runs, steady runs, threshold runs and speed training, gradually increasing your effort levels as Race Day approaches.