I've used a lot of Ben Parkes programs over the past four years, and they always helped me achieve my goal time. I used this program last year for a sub-three-hour goal at the Gold Coast marathon. Due to a snap-lockdown, the marathon was cancelled a few days out, but we were lucky to find a local Sri Chinmoy marathon a couple of weeks later. I finished the race with a 3:02 marathon which was a 33minute PB. I was over the moon with the result, especially given the 300metres of elevation in the race. If I could have run the Gold Coast marathon, I would have got my goal time. I'll be having a crack again in 2023, and I'm hoping for a sub-three marathon. Thanks for the programs, Ben and Sarah! Hopefully, we'll see you both in Australia soon.
Extremely happy with this plan so Far , having followed the level 3 marathon plan previously and ran a PB of 3.26.42 for my first serious marathon training plan , cannot recommended these plans highly enough ( especially if you put in the work ) cheers guys looking forward to the next one !!
I followed Ben's programme aiming at a sub 3:10 Marathon and Chicago qualifier.....got a sub 2:55 and a Boston qualifier instead!
The plan always felt just spot on for me. Workouts and volume were just right to challenge and improve myself without causing overtraining.
I arrived fresh to the finish line, and my last miles were the fastest. Therefore I know I could jave actually done even better. I will never forget my last corner.
Thank you Ben, hoping to work with you for a new challenge and a sub 2:45!
What can I say, just amazing program. My marathon PB was 3:12:03, and in 10 months thanks to to this plan, I got my life time goal of sub-3 Marathon, better still, I got it down to 2:54:18 secs.
I could never imagine running that fast a whole Marathon and get to end strong, being able to run 4min/Km pace on the last 2 ks.
I did it this weekend on the Melbourne Marathon and couldn't be happier. thanks Ben, your program really delivers what promises.
The training load was perfect to avoid injuries and got me to the start line of the Marathon is the best shape of my life. feeling fresh and happy.
Looking forward to best my 5k time next with your program.
Having run 3:21:40 at London 21 I was aiming for sub 3 at Loch Ness 22, finishing in a time of 3:01:49. A 20 minute PB so I have to be happy.
The plan is perfect, a good mix of workouts and a steady increase in volume over time.
I am confident on a flatter course I would have hit 2:57-58. At Loch Ness the start is predominantly down hill, with a couple of sharp climbs early on. You then face a steady climb from KM 29-33, with a downhill finale into Inverness. By this point my quads were cramping and sub 3 was gone with 2 miles to go, the ups and downs batter your legs.
I will be purchasing the level 5 plan for Stockholm June 2023.
Great and very complete marathon training plan. I liked the clear structure and breakdown into different training phases. The variety of workouts and runs kept training fun and interesting and no two weeks are the same. Strength sessions, strides and exercises are integrated into the plan as well.
I used this plan to train for Amsterdam marathon 2021, my second ever marathon, and I managed to run 3:18:29 which is a PB I'm very happy with.
Thanks very much Ben!
(I used the 18 week 2:55-3:20 version of the plan)
Followed this plan aiming for a 3:20 time at London and managed to sneak in at 3:19:55 (over an hour faster than my previous PB!). I am sure that was in no small part to this excellent training plan. I loved the mix of different workouts and structure meaning each week you had something new to look forward to. I especially like that the longer runs had different paces mixed in to bring some variety to what can sometimes be a bit of a dull affair. It's really well thought out in it's structure and there are notes accompanying each week to explain anything new and to give you tips for your training that relate to the stage you're at.
It does take some time to initially set up the training on your watch if you're using that to guide you, but that's more Garmin's fault than this plan in all honesty.
I note that this plan has since been updated since I purchased it to suit finish times of 2:55 to 3:15 (it was 2:55 to 3:20 before) but I'm sure it's still of the same high standard. I'll definitely be recommending and using Ben's training plans in the future. Great value too!
Great easy to follow plan
Needs a little bit of self planning to get paces ready to know what to run, but I like that as my plan is then tailored to me.
Haven't yet followed it as still looking for a marathon, but I will get back to you all haha
I was really happy with the plan, especially the different sessions and I learned a lot from the long runs and specifically targeting marathon paced miles within them. Overall the plan helped me take 15 minutes off my pb in Chicago so I was absolutely delighted and the plan was really good value for money as well. Definitely recommend.
The level four marathon plan worked perfectly to me! I just got a 22min PB and during the 18 weeks I have never felt so fit and strong. For my next marathon I will get a custom plan with Ben for sure!