Marathon Training Seminars

Serpentine has run several seminars offering training advice for marathon runners. Details are below, in date order, with the most recent seminars listed first.

There is also a Q&A with Bud Baldaro from 2008 available to read here

Seminar for Marathon Runners 2015-16

A session to help guide your current and future marathon preparation and racing. It will thoroughly cover what you would expect a marathon coach to cover. It should be of use to anyone in a range of 2:20 to sub 4:00 and has been presented on behalf of England Athletics to groups of coaches/runners in that sort of range. It won’t focus much on what you would expect to see a physio, physician or nutritionist for.

Presenter will be Serpentine Coach David Chalfen. He has been coaching for 15 years, is a Level 4 performance coach and was an England Athletics Area Coach mentor in Endurance from 2009 to 2014. He has coached hundreds of runners from international standard down to modest recreational level, with a focus on the longer distances up to marathon. He is author of Improve Your Marathon and Half Marathon Running, which is on England Athletics’ recommended reading list for endurance runners and coaches. As a runner he ran 20 marathons with a PB of 2:32.

Presentation PDF

Seminars for Marathon Runners 2014-15

The Club is organising a series of marathon seminars for those running a marathon in 2015. The first seminar took place in November and covered target setting, training schedules and key sessions. The second seminar took place in February and covered injury prevention and treatment and nutrition.

Presentations PDF

Slides from the first seminar (Andrew Reeves)

Slides from the second seminar (Tom Dekkers)

Slides from the second seminar (Roberto Ciurleo)

Slides from the second seminar (Jane Nodder: part 1 and part 2)

Spring Marathon Training Seminar 2011

Over 30 Serpies attended the Spring Marathon Training Seminar held at the Civil Services Sports Club in Westminster on February 14th  2011 to glean what hints, tips and motivation they could from fellow members and coaches.

UKA Level 2 coaches Andrew Reeves and John Cullinane, as well as high-mileage exponent Greg Stevens, presented their personal experiences and technical training advice in a two and a half hour session.

Thanks to Urban Bettag and Malcolm French for organising.

The presentation given at the seminar is available below and video footage, taken by Urban, will be available soon.

Presentation PDF

Spring Marathon Training Seminar 2010

Over 40 Serpies attended the Spring Marathon Training Seminar held at the Civil Services Sports Club in Westminster on February 1st 2010 to glean what hints, tips and motivation they could from fellow members and coaches.

UKA Level 2 coaches Andrew Reeves and John Cullinane presented their personal experiences and technical training advice in a two and a half hour session.

Thanks to Jen Marzullo and Malcolm French for organising.

The presentation given at the seminar is available below.

Presentation PDF

Spring Marathon Training Seminar 2006

Over 75 Serpies showed up to the inaugural Spring Marathon Training Seminar on 9th January 2006 to glean what hints, tips and motivation they could from fellow members and coaches.

First time marathoner Andrew Reeves and recent pb annihilator Julie Cameron-Doe provided personal accounts of how they achieved their goals; while Level II coaches Karen Hancock and Jasyn Savage, along with sports lecturer Sarah Edmunds, provided technical training advice.

Copies of the presentations given at the seminar are be available below.

Presentations PDF