Find out how to take on the 2023 TCS London Marathon for charity
A speaker at the Meet Our Experts event

Meet Our Experts

From Start to Finish – we’ll help you every step of the way

What kit do I need? How do I fuel for the distance? What’s the best way to raise funds for my charity? If you’re taking on the 2023 TCS London Marathon and are a little stumped as to where to start, you’re not alone – and our experts are here to answer your questions!

At Meet Our Experts on Saturday 4 February, you’ll gather all the information and advice you need on footwear, nutrition, fundraising, injury prevention and more, leaving you feeling confident and excited about your unforgettable 26.2-mile challenge. 

  • Date: Saturday 4 February 2023
  • Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

Please note that entries for Meet Our Experts 2023 have now closed.

How to get there

The best way to reach Meet Our Experts is by public transport. Green Park tube station is just a five-minute walk from The Royal Institution, while Piccadilly Circus and Bond Street tube stations are also both just an eight-minute walk from the venue.

A snapshot of Meet Our Experts 2022

Training tips, key kit, fundraising ideas and more

Participants and charity partners at the Meet Our Experts event

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Our speakers

Check out the table below to see who’ll be sharing their marathon wisdom – and when – at Meet Our Experts 2023.

Time Speaker Talk
10:00 / 13:00 / 16:00 Lisa Thompson Welcome from London Marathon Events
10:05 / 13:05 / 16:05 Martin Yelling Training tips: How to make it to the Start Line
10:20 / 13:20 / 16:20 Paul Hobrough Running free of injuries
10:35 / 13:35 / 16:35 Anita Bean Diet and nutrition: How to fuel
10:45 / 13:45 / 16:45
Born Barikor
My fuelling experience
11:00 / 14:00 / 17:00 Lisa Thompson What to expect on Marathon Day
11:15 / 14:15 / 17:15
Haroon Mota Fundraising: How to raise the most for your cause
11:30 / 14:30 / 17:30
Liz Ellyard and Eimear Donnelly Choosing the right kit to run a marathon
11:40 / 14:40 / 17:40
Helen Thorn First time runner experience

About our experts

Find out more about some of the speakers sharing advice and insights this year.

Anita Bean

Nutritionist and author

Don’t miss out on expert marathon nutrition advice from Anita Bean, an award-winning sports nutritionist and author who will be at Meet Our Experts to provide top tips on how to fuel your long runs and what to eat to prepare for your marathon.

Anita Bean speaking at Meet Our Experts

Haroon Mota

Fundraising expert

Haroon Mota, also known as the marathon man, is a fundraising expert who has run thousands of miles and raised thousands of pounds for charities. Now a professional fundraiser, he works daily with groups and individuals to help them raise funds for good causes.

Haroon Mota with a London Marathon medal

Helen Thorn

Comedian, podcaster and author

Helen Thorn is an award-winning comedian, podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author widely known for her honest and hilarious take on parenthood, fitness and being single in her 40s. She has unexpectedly become a marathon runner since her divorce in 2020 and is one half of the successful comedy duo Scummy Mummies.

Helen Thorn, a speaker at Meet Our Experts

Martin Yelling

Official TCS London Marathon coach

Top coach Martin Yelling will be at Meet Our Experts to offer you lots of helpful training tips, advice and reassurance to make sure you arrive at the Start Line feeling fit, raring to go and ready to take on your 26.2-mile challenge.

Martin Yelling speaking at Meet Our Experts

Expert advice in one place

In addition to our speakers, specialists in physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition and hydration – including our partners Buxton Water and Lucozade Sport – as well as past participants and London Marathon Events staff will be on hand at The Royal Institution to answer your queries.

Charity participants will also have the chance to pick up top fundraising ideas from Enthuse, our official fundraising platform partner, and speak with representatives from a wide range of charities.

It was a fantastic experience to reinforce what I already knew, teach me what I did not know and motivate me for my training – thank you.

Previous Meet Our Experts participant

Official kit from New Balance

At Meet Our Experts you’ll get an exclusive first look at New Balance’s TCS London Marathon training collection, which will help you look and feel the part during training and on Marathon Day!

You can also pop over to New Balance’s flagship store on Oxford Street – just a stone’s throw away from The Royal Institution – to speak with New Balance footwear experts, have your gait checked and find out how to pick the kit that’s best for you.

I really enjoyed the focus on getting us to the Start Line and the tips to see us through to the Finish Line. As a first-time marathon runner, I found this a motivating and inspiring event. Super excited for Marathon Day!

Previous Meet Our Experts participant

A happy runner crosses Tower Bridge at the TCS London Marathon

Explore the route

Check out the TCS London Marathon course video and map to see where the famous 26.2-mile challenge will take you on Marathon Day!