Meet the runners who run a marathon with Polar

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Last month, Women's Running partnered with the Polar wearable sports and heart rate technology brand to give ten readers the chance to win an exclusive marathon training package that includes everything they need to get ready for the event achieve their training goals.

The award included the latest Polar GPS watch Vantage M2, Saucony trainer, a personalized training plan and 1-2-1 coaching with Polars Head of Endurance, Nick Anderson.

Nick is a well-respected endurance coach from England Athletics and with 25 years of training under his belt, there isn't much he can't help our winners – be it aiming for a PB or training for their first event.

Over the next few months we will accompany our competition winners in their training plans up to race day. Let's meet the winners and learn more about what they want to achieve …

Alice

Old: 42
Race for: 11 years
PBs: Half marathon 1 hour 49 minutes, full marathon 4 hours 32 minutes
October marathon: The virtual London marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I would like to improve my performance by getting faster and stronger. I would like support with time management, nutrition tips and better knowledge of how I can supply my body with energy. "

Amy

Old: 29
Race for: 6 years
PBs: Half marathon 1 hour 47 minutes, full marathon 3 hours 52 minutes
October marathon: Manchester marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “My short-term goal is a marathon under 3h45. In the longer term, I'd like to run 100 miles in 24 hours on Endure. I hope the program will help me focus during the training phase, encourage me to go beyond my comfort zone, and add an element of accountability to training. "

bliss

Old: 30th
Race for: 5 years
PBs: Half marathon 1 hour 56 minutes, trail marathon 6 hours 30 minutes
October marathon: Endurance Life Sussex Trail Marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “My short-term goal would be to improve my running technique in the long term in order to improve my overall speed and endurance. I hope the workout will help me focus on the right things to get better technique and increase speed. A guide to cross training, strength training would be great, and I'd like advice on how to improve body conditioning. "

Finola

Old: 50
Race for: 3 years
PBs: Half marathon 2 hours 21 minutes
October marathon: Various trail races
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I want to be able to run a marathon with ease. I want the exercise program to give me more focus and help me work on becoming a "more complete" runner. "

Laura

Old: 39
Race for: 6 years
PBs: 10k 56 minutes 20 seconds
October marathon: Stirling marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I would like to run the marathon in under 4 hours 55 minutes. The Polar program will structure my runs and make my runs much more effective. "

Poppy

Old: 42
Race for: 3 months
October marathon: Chichester half marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I started running to improve my fitness, endurance and health. I've only been running for a short time; However, I look for motivation from the coaching and training program. "

Sabrina

Old: 33
Race for: 6 months
October marathon: London marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I've booked five races in the next few months. I hope that I can build a structure for my running, my consistency and my accountability. "

Sophie

Old: 30th
Race for: 5 years
PBs: 10 km 56 minutes and half marathon 2 hours 13 minutes
October marathon: Virtual London Marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “I don't care what time I am to survive the marathon! I hope the program gives me responsibility to make sure I do the workout, provides support with problems and advice on running techniques. "

Sarah

Old: 37
Race for: 6/7 years
PBs: Half marathon 1 hour 40 minutes, full marathon 3 hours 45 minutes
October marathon: London marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “To complete the London Marathon in October at short notice. In the long term, to get back to the speed and consistency that I had when I set my PBS in 2016. I need more consistency, more challenge and more structure in my training. I am currently lacking speed and threshold training, and I know this is critical to rebuilding my long-distance speed. "

Trina

Old: 42
Current years: 4 years
PBs: Marathon 4 hours 57 minutes
October marathon: London marathon
What do you hope for from the training program with Polar? “My focus is on training intelligently and running injury-free. This includes not only running, but also the strengthening days of work and relaxation. I look forward to a structured plan, support and the knowledge that the program will give me responsibility. "

Nick Anderson, Polar's Head of Endurance, comments, “We have ten great winners in the program, all at different stages of their running journey and all running for different reasons and events. The first four weeks of training focus on developing your individual training plans and finding the balance between training, nutrition and recovery. We have tailored plans for each runner who will complete multiple easy and threshold runs, we will also carefully build their long runs and monitor sleep and energy levels throughout the trip to help them recover and run injury-free as well as a successful marathon in October. For my part, I can't wait to get started! "

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