What to wear in training and beyond
The TCS London Marathon takes place at a time when it’s usually not too hot and not too cold, with little chance of snow – but it doesn’t always work out that way! The British weather is famously unpredictable, so you need to be ready for anything and have the right kit to hand.
Consider the time you'll be training
The number of months you’ll spend preparing for the marathon will depend on your current training base. You can download and follow one of our free training plans – suitable for complete beginners to seasoned marathoners – to help you reach the Start Line in good shape.
If you’re training most days, you’ll need several garments in your running kit collection. Even if you’re happy to wear kit a couple of times before washing it, you’ll need at least a couple of each article to see you through a week of training.
In September, October and November, you’ll likely want to wear shorts and T-shirts, or vests if preferred. You'll start to wear these items again around March and April and get most use out of them during the summer.
The colder, intervening months of December, January and February are when tights, long sleeve tops and jackets become vital. Gloves, beanie hats and even fleeces are also valuable pieces of kit to help you maintain body temperature and feel relaxed enough to train effectively.
The TCS London Marathon takes place in April, which means you’ll be training in some of the coldest months of the year (if you live in the UK, at least) – so this should be reflected in your kit.