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WELCOME TO THE BIG MARATHON CHALLENGE!

Meet the four women who we’ll be helping to train for very different goals this spring

Record numbers of you answered our call for entries to this year’s Big Marathon Challenge, making i t our most difficult year yet for choosing team members. After hours of reading and a few tears, we finally whittled i t down to our final four: Alice Doggre l l , Katie Hainbach, Leah McDaniel and Claire Price. Over the next few months they’ l l receive coaching from Richard Coates at Full Potential (fullpotential.co.uk) as well as k i t and support from our shoe and apparel partner ASICS; supplement partner Solgar; and nutrition partner HIGH5. In December, the team met up with each other and their coach for the f i r s t time and had a physio assessment from Michael Harrop at Pure Sports Medicine (puresportsmed.com). With their training plans ready, they’ re a l l set!

Twitter: @LeanMcdaniel18

LEAH McDANIEL

Age 28

From Wrexham, north Wales

Big Marathon Challenge To rediscover her sense of self,following the sudden death of her husband in 2014, and to raise money for Save the Children

Day job Mum to Bowen, two-and-a-half years old

Leah’s motivation for running a marathon is deeply personal: in 2014, when she was four months pregnant with their first child, her husband Brett was killed in a car accident. During the months that followed, she moved back from Texas to north Wales and gave birth to her daughter, Bowen – but, she says, she didn’t know where her life was going. Leah hopes that running the London Marathon she’ll be able to rediscover herself and raise vital money for Save the Children.

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Get set for a great year with the new issue of Women’s Running! We’ve got three four-week plans for you to set up a brilliant year of running and get back into shape – and we’ll show you how to hit your racing weight when you’re training for marathon. Fundraising for a spring marathon? Find out how to raise thousands of pounds by the women who’ve done it. And don’t enter your 2017 races without reading part one of our 2017 Ultimate Race Guide, with 100 brilliant events you’ll love to do up to June this year. Plus, we’ve got healthy recipes for runners, a guide to avoiding fatigue while you’re training, and six of the best running watches for women. Grab your copy today!