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Marathon Training Plans

 

The marathon a long distance endurance event of 26.2 miles. The marathon is typically run on a road surface.

Training for a marathon is very time consuming but with a realistic target, a positive attitude and the right training plan it is possible to achieve your goals!

ATW has free training plans available for Sub 5 Hour, Sub 4 Hour and Sub 3 Hour athletes.

 

 

 

   
  Mike Gratton
 
London Marathon Winner Mike Gratton
 
       
 

The sub 3 hour marathon training plan was written by Mike Gratton

Mike Gratton won the London Marathon in his fastest ever time of 2:09:43 in 1983. This time puts Mike 13th on the all time UK marathon list (as at 2013). Mike also gained a bronze medal in the 1982 Commonwealth Games Marathon in a time of 2:12:06.

 

 

 

   
  Phil Wicks
GB Phil Wicks
"The ATW Marathon Training Plans are the ideal training aid to prepare you for the marathon distance. The mixture of intervals, race pace runs and the important long easy runs will get you on the start line ready to achieve your goal"
 
       

 

 

All of our training plans are free to ATW members and there are three Marathon Training Plans to choose from:

Sub 5 Hour Marathon

This sub 5 hour marathon training plan is aimed at people with some recent sports background.

In order to complete the sub 5 hour marathon training plan athletes should be capable of training 4 days a week.

Sub 4 Hour Marathon

This sub 4 hour marathon training plan is aimed at fitter people & runners with some marathon experience.

In order to complete the sub 4 hour marathon training plan athletes should be capable of training 5/6 days a week with a few double run days.

Sub 3 Hour Marathon

This sub 3 hour marathon training plan is suitable for established club runners with half marathon times of around 1hr 25 or faster. The sub 3 hour marathon training plan is also suitable for experienced marathon runners.

Athletes should be capable of training 6 days a week with some double run days.

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