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Tom has had running in his blood since the age of 12. He boasts not only the family marathon record (2.19.30) but also the high jump (1m79). He’s coached hundreds of runners of varying ability levels over all distances backed up by his 15 years of road running experience, and now he’s here to help you.

In his Expert Runner blog Tom will give you weekly running tips, from how to effectively train for races to how to deal with injuries. Whether you’ve never ran for more than 30 seconds or you’re a seasoned runner, we guarantee you’ll be able to find something worthwhile in Tom’s expert posts.

Tom is also on hand to answer any questions you have about running, so feel free to comment on his blog if you have any issues with your training and want some expert advice.

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You’ve done the marathon, wha...

      Congratulations on your spring marathons! I bet that running buzz is starting to wear off now. You are now back to being a normal human being. Let’s sort that out with your next challenge, and take advantage of that muscle memory you've built up. ...

5 carbo-loading mistakes you ...

Some may argue this blog is too early in your marathon training as carbo-loading  is normally associated with the final week of a marathon schedule. As stated in previous blogs it is important for you to understand basic methods throughout your training...

10 Marathon training checks t...

Spring is finally here. We survived!!! Now let’s stop messing around and start to focus on April! Here is a small checklist for you to think about. Right socks? This might sound minor but now you are spending a long time on your feet I recommend a goo...

5 cooking tips for runners

WARNING: This blog has been written by a male who gets an allergic reaction from cooking, but if you want to become a good athlete your diet and how you cook your food is very important. You will not get any good recipes from me but I shall do my best p...

5 training tips for experienc...

Hi everyone, Before I start my tips it is important to note that experienced runners are not necessarily fast runners. Today’s blog is not for the elite but for people who have ran a few marathons and are looking to progress in areas they may have not f...

5 tips for fuelling on the run

Hello my running friends, Starting to feel tired, tight and slow? Good, that’s normal! The next few weeks I want you to expect to be tired and achy. Would you expect your body to be any different when you are pushing it to run this amount of miles a wee...

5 essential pacing tips every...

Hi everyone and happy New Year! Please take advantage of this invigorated spirit as you look ahead to your running year. Over Christmas I was asked a question that inspired today’s blog. The question was ‘how can I pace myself better?’ as the runner kep...

5 of the best pieces of kit y...

Hi everyone, So you have all noticed the weather has turned and sunny, summer days have left us for another year. Just because summer and decent weather has gone does not mean your training should stop. Like most things in life, preparation is key! Toda...

5 workouts every runner shoul...

Hi everyone, There are 5 basic types of runs that are practiced by runners of all levels around the world. These formats evolved through a global trial-and-error process over many decades. They survived because they work. If you want to get the most out...

5 things you must do now if y...

So you decided to put your body through the 26.2-mile experience? You have come to the right website! Progressing from non-runner to marathon finisher is a real success story, and one that is genuinely achievable by following a correctly structured trai...

Are you in or out?

The Virgin Money London marathon accepted/rejected magazines are now on your coffee table, with your local postman, or in your bin. If your local postman is as fit as Mo Farah you will have found out already. If your local postman's nickname is 'Big Bob...

Tips to survive Summer running!

Hello, Some runners love it, some hate it. I personally enjoy nothing more than running shirtless through parks scaring all the kids. It’s not all good, as I cannot stand running when it is humid. I feel as though I have lost all my fitness and can hard...

Final week preparation for a ...

Before we get into todays blog I just want to share with you that it is two years to the day that Sammy Wanjiru died. I had a look back at the blog I wrote and it was such a shocking time. Two years on and the marathon world still misses Sammy’s charact...

Where should I run next?

Hi everyone, I have collected a list of interesting races happening in the future that you should consider looking into. If you have ran any of these races please leave a comment! Autumn events 2014 Dublin Marathon, Ireland, 28th October 2013 As if you...

How to bounce back after a ma...

Hello everyone, Before I start I would like to let you know your RunPix stats are ready to view. RunPix breaks down your race in a fun and informative way. Click here to find your results. So you are off the front and back pages of the newspapers. No on...

You did it! Virgin London Mar...

You have only gone and done it! Congratulations to everyone who ran on Sunday. After the winter you have had I am honestly in awe of what you guys have done. This year's medal should have been twice the size! After months of bad weather it was written i...

Last minute marathon tips!

How are the nerves holding up? Sunday will be an unbelievable experience and will feel more like a carnival than a marathon (until mile 22 anyway!). Let me first touch on the saddest scenes I have ever witnessed at a sporting event. What happened in Bos...

Calculating your marathon rac...

Hello my taperers, I hope you are all recovering well and getting good food protein into your body along with water and a massage to iron out any niggles. I want to focus on your race pace in this blog and looking at how you should judge your marathon....

Entering the marathon taper

Hi all, So let’s look at this thing you have hearing about for a long time and most beginners get wrong. The Taper. What is the taper all about? The taper is pretty much the end of your hard training and the finish line of pushing your body to its limi...

Last week before your maratho...

Hi everyone, If you are running the Virgin London Marathon you have one more week (4 days) before the traditional two week taper. This gives you the opportunity to go out and run as hard as you can and pick up a great big injury! Yes folks, the importa...

Your long training run - gels...

Hi everyone, I must say that you guys are all heroes in my eyes. You have probably had the worst weather build up to a marathon I have ever seen. From December onwards it has been horrible so fair play to you for battling on. I'm hoping the next 4 weeks...

5 weeks to go. The business e...

Hi all, If you are running the Virgin London Marathon immediately take off two weeks off the title and you have three weeks of hard training to go. This is the business end of your training and where your training will either start to come together or f...

What will you learn from a ha...

March is here so let's get down to business. I know I am in March when my twitter and facebook feed is filled up with people running the Bath Half, Silverstone Half or preparing for other races. This is a nervous time because this is the probably the fi...

Training adaptation to injuri...

Only a couple more weeks to go until the temperature starts to improve and this running game starts to all make sense. This will also correlate with your  improving fitness a step at a time. I am very happy I have been injured the whole of the winter an...