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With less than a month to go before their respective marathons, Stephen, Derek, Ben and Neil reflect on how they’re feeling, how the training’s gone, and whether they’re still on course for the race of their lives…

Name: Stephen Ingledew

Age: 54

Job: Financial services executive

Location: Edinburgh

Marathon: London


I recently ran the Bramley 20 mile race, which was a very important training checkpoint for me as it tested my ability to run at close to marathon pace in a long run. Ben advised me to take the first half of the race very easy and use the second half to pick up the pace. Running the first nine miles was more challenging than I thought as there was a constant temptation to speed up and not be overtaken. But I was delighted with how I was feeling on crossing the finish and felt all those hard threshold and Kenyan hills training runs had paid off.

Fingers crossed, all seems to be going to plan at the moment, with no major challenges – although having just booked my travel and hotel for the London Marathon day, it has really dawned on me how close the race now is! I see this next month or so as really critical, as I step up the training intensity. I’ve got four more training races to do over the next couple of weeks, in Edinburgh, London, Reading and Glasgow and I’m hoping they will continue to build my confidence in the run up to the marathon. The only potential hiccup is fitting in all the training, as I will be travelling around a bit over the next fortnight.

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Variety, as they say, is the spice of life and when it comes to running nothing could be truer. Whether novice or veteran, once you’ve got your running shoes on the world opens up to you unlike it does for any other sport. If you just want to pound the pavements you can start the moment you step out the door, either following a beaten path or taking a psycho geographical approach to an area. Or you can head off into nature and run the trails, marked or unmarked, and experience the unique challenges they have to offer. At this time of year those who prefer their runs organised can enter multiple events every weekend – from tiny attendance 10Ks to mass participation marathons – and build up quite a medal collection in the process. And if a marathon isn’t quite long enough for you, the growing number of ultra events means your endurance ambitions are well catered for. Then there are the OCRs, charity dashes, duathlons, triathlons and of course your local parkrun. All of which add to the diversity you enjoy when being part of the running community, whatever your ability. Our aim at Men’s Running is to cover all of these bases and offer a balanced view of what it is to be a runner and the issues and topics that affect and interest us all. Drop us an email on and let us know how we’re geting on – we’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to head over to for more reviews and features, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.