New: adidas Manchester Marathon 15 Week Training Plans

Provided to you by adidas, these 15 week training plans have been designed to train any runner for a marathon, with three levels of ability of NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED. These plans start from 2nd January 2023 – are you ready to start training in the new year?



Not sure which plan is best for you? Here’s some guidance to help you choose:

NOVICE: Aiming for 4 to 6 hours or 6 min/k

This may be your first marathon or you are aiming for the above time; this plan will help you cover the distance. The plan will require you to run 2-3 times a week. At peak training period you will be running 40 to 55km per week.

INTERMEDIATE: Aiming for 3:30 to 4 hours or 5.25 min/k 

This Intermediate plan is for you if you’ve run a marathon already and are looking to better your time. It will require you to be running 4 times a week by gradually building up the duration and intensity. At peak training period you will run 60 to 80km per week.

ADVANCED: Aiming for sub -3 to 3:30 or 4:15 min/k

This Advanced plan is ideal if you’ve run a few marathons but would like to achieve a competitive standard time for your age-group. The plan will require you to run 5 times a week mixing steady runs with more complex tempo sessions. At peak training period you will run 70-100km per week.