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<ul><li> 1. Running: London Marathon Age: 27 Running for: Anthony Nolan Trust Fundraising target: 1700-2000 Training: I train twice a week with my running club, which includes interval and hill training. I do a long run every Sunday and try and do a few easier runs during the week. I am running about 40-45 miles a week. I have completed two half marathons to get used to the crowds. Target time: Under 3.30 hrs Current training diet: I have been eating a lot more since I started training, but I have been keeping to a healthier diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and protein. Before a long run I have plenty of carbs the night before and a big bowl of cereal, toast and energy drink pre-race. Best piece of advice: Listen to your body if you get an ache or pain missing the odd run is not going to harm your training . What I wish Id known: That training would take over three months of my life. Experience: This is my first marathon Tom Mullen client services manager, Client Services Sponsor Tom: </li> <li> 2. Running: London Marathon Age: 30 (on the day of the marathon) Running for: International Childcare Trust Fundraising target: 2000 (but raised 2363 so far) Training: Running about 30 miles a week, as well as three spin classes, one weights session and one swim. Resting heart rate now 45bpm. Target time: Under 4 hours Current training diet: What I mainly eat. Porridge every morning, lots of pasta, bananas, blueberries, nuts, protein shakes. Gave up smoking and alcohol (alcohol only temporarily). Best piece of advice: Increase distance slowly What I wish Id known: How expensive it was going to be (100 for a pair of trainers on top of kit, protein shakes etc). Experience: I have never done anything like this before. I only started running last February. I have completed two 10km races and have run a few half marathons in training. James Lawton online sales executive, Sponsor James: </li> <li> 3. Running: London Marathon Age: 35 Running for: Clic Sargent Fundraising target: 2000 Target time: 4 hours Training: I'm running about 40 miles a week and rather than supplementing this with any gym work, I clean up my childrens mess. The latter is by far the more punishing of the two. Current training diet: Im making extensive use of red wine and bar snacks, as apparently, both are rich in carbohydrates. I also eat porridge every morning, which Im enjoying slightly less. Best piece of advice: Dont do it, you idiot. As usual, I didnt listen. What I wish Id known: Id always assumed the London Marathon was essentially just crowds of jolly people running past, just like the BBC makes out. But veteran runners tell me its more like a scene from Apocalypse, with all manner of bodily fluids lining the streets and half dead bodies. So thatll be nice. Experience: None, although I did win a bronze medal in the Salisbury schools mini marathon when I was 10. Jim Larkin researcher, Estates Gazette Interactive Sponsor Jim: </li> <li> 4. Running: London Marathon Age: 30 Running for: National Deaf Childrens Society my nephew Noah is deaf. Fundraising target: 2000 Target time: 4 4 hours Training: All running and what seems like all the time about 30-40 miles per week. Current training diet: Healthy eating and not too much booze or coffee! Carb loading in the lead up to a long run. Best piece of advice: Enjoy it. What I wish Id known: How much food people give you along the way. Experience: This will be my second London Marathon. Beth Pooley exhibition coordinator, Salon Exhibitions Sponsor Beth: </li> <li> 5. Running: London Marathon Age: 30 Running for: The Katie Piper Foundation, founded by my sister to improve the delivery of an advanced rehabilitation and burns clinic in the UK. Fundraising target: 1000 Training: My training isnt really happening as it should. Ive been working at RBI-US in Denver for the past seven months. I ran the Denver Marathon in October, but over the last few months temperatures have been as low as -24C without the wind-chill factored on top, so Ive only managed a few runs on the treadmill. Im going to be relying on past experience to get me round. Target time: 4 hours Current training diet: I always try to eat healthy, but leading up to the marathon it will be more carb-focused. Best piece of advice: Be prepared for the last 6 miles, which are entirely a mental battle. If you believe you can succeed then you will. What I wish Id known: Im always learning new things through running. Right now Im looking into forefoot running and trying to adapt to that. Experience: This will be my 9 th marathon. Every one is a huge challenge and the level of mental and physical strength required can never be underestimated. Paul Piper web analyst, Global Web Operations Sponsor Paul: </li> <li> 6. Running: London Marathon Age: 44 Running for: British Heart Foundation Fundraising target: 1000 Target time : 3.5 hours Training: Three runs a week, with 4-5 gym sessions including swimming, as I am aiming to do a triathlon this year as well. Current training diet: I eat a healthy balanced diet apart from when there are cakes or biscuits around, which is quite often with my team. Best piece of advice: Its always good to set yourself a challenge and this is a great way to rise to the challenge, raise money for charity, enjoy the day and hopefully achieve your goal. What I wish Id known: Ive done it before so now I know the pain Ill have to go through Experience: Normally run one a year or if not at least a half marathon or something silly like the grim challenge. Kevin Stewart online services manager, Operational Development Sponsor Kevin: </li> <li> 7. Running: London Marathon Age: 30 Running for: Action on Addiction and Help for Heroes Fundraising target: I have a ballot place so I dont have a target in mind, but Id like to raise as much as possible. Target time : Under 5 hours Training: Im running 20-30 miles a week including a long run at the weekend. I train with my local running club or run home from work. Current training diet: Sticking to a healthy balanced diet, avoiding alcohol and only carb loading on Friday nights in preparation for the long weekend runs. I have a chocolate milkshake post long run. Best piece of advice: Invest in a Garmin, its changed my training regime completely. Experience: Ran the London Marathon in 2008 and four half marathons. Jane Shackleton marketing manager, Sponsor Jane: </li> <li> 8. Running: Brighton Marathon Age: 33 Running for: Rainbow Trust Fundraising target: 750 Training: Running four times a week totalling 30-35 miles although the distances are increasing, plus play squash once a week. Target time: Anything under 4 hours would be nice. Current training diet: Same as usual with regular Nandos and Haribo supplements. Best piece of advice: To get running shoes that fit properly I lost eight toenails during and after my first marathon. What I wish Id known: How bad the weather was going to be over the past few months motivation to go outside in shorts and t-shirts has been low. Experience: This will be my third marathon. Joe Turner financial accountant, Finance Sponsor Joe: </li> <li> 9. Running: Brighton Marathon Age: 38 Running for: Rainbow Trust Fundraising target: 1000 Training: Around 25 miles a week currently, but I am training for an ultra marathon later this year so will peak around 60 miles. Target time: Under 3.30 hours Current training diet: Just loads of anything I can get my hands on. I dont really change my diet, I just eat more of everything. Best piece of advice: Its all in the head What I wish Id known: Its all in the head Experience: This is my fourth year running and I have done three marathons and one ultra marathon. Ive decided this will be my last season. Stephen Desmond head of content, Totaljobs Group </li> <li> 10. Franco Calpado deputy news editor, ICIS <ul><li>Sponsor Franco: = FrancoCapaldo </li></ul>Running: London Marathon Age: 26 Running for: MS Society Fundraising target: 2000 Training: I am not a member of gym but I am running about 60km a week. Target time: Under four hours Current training diet: I eat a lot of rubbish, and often. I have no intention of changing my diet. Best piece of advice: Spend money on a good pair of trainers, in the long run its worth it. What I wish Id known: How difficult it is to plan your training around work and a social life. Experience: This is my first marathon </li> <li> 11. Guy Sheppard product manager, Financial Publications <ul><li>Sponsor Guy: </li></ul>Running: Paris Marathon Age: 32 Running for: Get Kids Going Fundraising target: 1000 Training: I am hitting the gym for core work and sprint tests four times, as well as 30 miles running a week, made up of two smaller runs and a knee-buster every Sunday this increases every week. Target time: 4.5 to 5 hours Current training diet: Carbs and Percy Pigs; endless baked potatoes and Tuna as many sweets as I can. Best piece of advice: Get your playlist sorted, find a running speed you can maintain hour after hour and just get on with it. What I wish Id known: How demanding it is. There is a huge difference between knocking out a 10-15km now and then to doing this in miles outside in the cold, thinking right another two hours of this and Ill be done. Experience: This is my first marathon </li> <li> 12. Rachel Jones deputy community and farmlife editor, Farmers Weekly Running: Berlin Marathon Age: 26 Running for: Together, a mental health charity in memory of my friend Dominique Fundraising target: As much as I can Training: One long run and two shorter runs a week. Also cycling the 20-mile round trip to work (when its not raining) and going to the gym, plus I have a couple of half marathons booked in. Target time: To get round! Circa 4 hours would be amazing. Current training diet: Im using training as an excuse to eat out at every possible opportunity. Im single-handedly keeping Wagamamas in business. Best piece of advice: Dont underestimate the importance of good shoes and socks. Spen dthe money. Also, find a running buddy who for pace and enthusiasm. Itll help you get out the door when all you want to do is sit on the sofa in your PJs. What I wish Id known: How difficult it is to plan your training around work and a social life. Experience: This is my first marathon and theres a good chance I wont run another. </li> <li> 13. Gemma Blyth account manager, Estates Gazette Sponsor Gemma: Running: Brighton Marathon Age: 26 Running for: Rainbow Trust Fundraising target: 550 Training: Two long runs in the weekend plus strength and core and two runs at the gym a week. Plus I have a personal trainer once a week for a long run. Target time: Under five hours Current training diet: I have been eating a lot more food since I started training. I have a wheat allergy which means I have to carefully plan my meals. I make sure I have breakfast every day, including gluten free rice flakes with milk and a banana or porridge with dried fruits and honey or cinnamon. At the weekend I have a bigger breakfast with eggs and wheat free toast plus cereal. I am eating loads of carbs potatoes, rice and pasta and bread and energy drinks. Best piece of advice: Ensure you stretch and take rest days. What I wish Id known: How much it takes over your life. Im alcohol free until race day. Experience: My first marathon </li> <li> 14. Running: London Marathon Age: not revealed Running for: Hertfordshire Community Foundation Fundraising target: 1000 Training: Running 2-3 times a week, totalling 20-30 miles, Injuries have slowed my progress. Target time: I just want to the cross the finish ahead of the Rhino. Current training diet: Same as usual plenty of rubbish in larger quantities. Chicken fajitas are my secret weapon. Best piece of advice: Dont get too focused on time and try to enjoy it. Invest in a good pair of trainers and theres nothing like some Rocky music to get you through some difficult runs. What I wish Id known: How hard winter training would be. Its been a real mental battle on dark evenings. Experience: I am a complete novice, now or never. Kevin Brady training and account manager, Community Care Inform Sponsor Kevin: </li> <li> 15. Running: Brighton Marathon Age: 32 Running for: Rainbow Trust Fundraising target: 500 Training: Admittedly I started late this year, but Im currently training 3-4 times a week which includ...</li></ul>