Apply for the Big Marathon Challenge 2018

There’s still time to apply for a spot on the team. Here’s how to get involved

Apply for the Big Marathon

Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the closing date for entries into our Big Marathon Challenge 2018 to Monday 16 October. So, if you missed the October issue containing all the details, here’s everything you need to know – and how you can apply.

What is the Big Marathon Challenge?

Every year, we give a team of women the opportunity to achieve their marathon goals with us. Readers are given the chance to apply by writing in, telling us about their marathon aspirations and, based on these applications, a final team is selected by WR. Team members are then guided through every stage in their marathon journey, with their progress documented in the magazine each month.

How will it work this year?

The Big Marathon Challenge will be hosted in collaboration with ASICS this year, meaning all team members will not only receive top-to-toe ASICS kit but a place in the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2018. Not only that, this year, we’re giving you – our readers – the chance to select the final team. Once we’ve received your entries, we will shortlist 15 candidates and host their profiles online, giving you the chance to vote for your favourite canidates. The three women with the most votes will form the final team. Voting will open 23 October and will close 10 November. Winners will be announced in our February issue (out 28 December).

Am I eligible for a place?

Whether it’s your first or your 50th marathon, if you meet the below criteria, you can enter!

To enter, you must…

  • Be available to run the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on 8 April 2018
  • Have a big marathon dream: it could be a fast target time, a huge fundraising aim or a major weight-loss goal, for example
  • A clean bill of health and currently be injury-free
  • A positive and friendly attitude
  • A good understanding of and fondness for social media
  • Be willing to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about your training, and write regular blogs for our website
  • Be available to take part in a photo shoot in London on Monday 20 November
  • Be able to cover travel expenses to races and team meet-ups

In return, you will receive:

  • Step-by-step coaching and training plans from leading experts
  • Free top-to-toe running kit from ASICS to keep you feeling comfortable and confident throughout your training, from winter through to spring
  • Complimentary accommodation in Manchester, the night before the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
  • Expert nutrition, psychology and physiotherapy advice
  • Ongoing support from the WR team on every step of your marathon journey!

How can I apply?

If you’d like to be considered for the team and are willing to share your story and training journey, email [email protected] and tell us about your big marathon goal, your running background, your age and why you would like to be part of the Big Marathon Challenge.


Jenny Bozon

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