How to support your friends and family in the TCS London Marathon
Has your friend got a place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23 April? Here are five ways you can support them on their journey, as recommended by two members of the London Marathon Events team, Ella and Matt, who recently trained for and completed marathons.
1. Support them on Marathon Day
Ella and Matt agreed that the best support is having friends and family there on the big day. Ella said: “Knowing that friends are along the route is a great motivator to get to that next point.”
If you’re out supporting, Matt also suggests wearing something bright so you can be easily spotted in the crowd.
2. Be patient and understanding
Training can take up a lot of time and energy, which can be frustrating for friends and family. Matt and Ella both said it helps when friends and partners are accepting of their early nights and early mornings.
Patience and positive words go a long way!
3. Be there during winter training
On those cold, dark and wet days, your loved one may appreciate you cycling alongside them as they train, or you could simply join them for the first or final 10 minutes of their session. You could even be ready with a sports drink at the halfway mark – but do check with them first!
4. Donate to their charity
Is your friend taking on the TCS London Marathon for a good cause? Charities rely on the amazing generosity of participants and their friends and family members who donate millions each year.
If you’re not able to donate, sharing the cause or fundraising page on social media is another great way to show support and raise awareness.
5. Complete the marathon with them!
How about some friendly competition? Whether you choose to run it, walk it or wheel it, you can still get a place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon. Here’s how:
- Sign up for a charity place
- Register for the virtual TCS London Marathon
- Apply for a Championship place if you meet the entry requirements
And don't forget to share your journey on social media using the #LondonMarathon hashtag!