13 April 2017

London Marathon 2017: The Home Stretch

In just ten days’ time, Isabelle Jones will be running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in support of Women in Sport, thanks to official timing partner TAG Heuer. In her latest update, Isabelle gives us the run down on her last few weeks of training before race day, and tells us about how the support of friends and family has kept her motivated.

Isabelle is taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Women in Sport, to help us achieve our mission of transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK. If you would like to sponsor Isabelle please visit her fundraising page.

Isabelle stands in front of Tower Bridge

How has your training been going since the last update?

I can’t believe that the marathon is less than two weeks away and that I’m now tapering my training (I didn’t even know this was a running term until I started my marathon journey!). Last weekend I completed my longest run of twenty-three miles. It was a big psychological boost to know that I could complete that distance, and I’m sure the marathon crowd will carry me through the extra three miles. Another first was the sports massage I had after the run. I really noticed the difference in how my legs felt the next day (much less hobbling!)

Who inspired you to want to run the London Marathon?

I watched my sister Alice run the London Marathon three years ago, and the atmosphere and encouragement from everyone was extraordinary. I knew I wanted to be on the other side of the barrier and experience it as a runner. I was really proud of her and it inspired me to take up the challenge.

Who have been the key people in supporting your training and motivating you to keep going?

On a day-to-day basis my parents have really got involved, and have been a great support with lots of practical help (taping up my blistered toes and feeding me when I get back from a long run). I really appreciate everything they have done and can’t thank them enough. Friends and work colleagues have been really supportive and interested in how my training is going, which I have found motivating.

Every time I get a donation or an encouraging comment it gives me an added boost. Earlier in the month I organised an afternoon tea for £10, which was a great success. All the ladies who came were extremely generous and in total it raised £180…awesome! I am so close to hitting my fundraising target and want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated. I am humbled by their generosity.

What are you looking forward to most about marathon day?

I’m looking forward to running through London, especially over Tower Bridge and down The Mall. To think they make the city a running track is unbelievable. I’m excited to experience the unique atmosphere as a runner and be a part of such an iconic sporting event!

My parents, sisters, brother-in-law, sisters’ boyfriends and a few friends will be supporting me on the day at various points along the route. Of course, the Women in Sport and TAG Heuer teams will be there too, and I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces along the way.

It is this support that I’ll be drawing on to make sure I don’t crack under pressure on the day. For me that means not giving in when things get difficult – having self-belief and courage in my convictions. I know that I’ve done the training and that I have so much support behind me, and now it’s about getting out there and enjoying it!

About TAG Heuer

The avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking since 1860. Ever since, TAG Heuer has been striving to push the boundaries further, inventing timepieces for those who love to defy convention. As the Official Timekeeper Watch of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, TAG Heuer is supporting Women in Sport’s runner, Isabelle Jones, in her journey to the finish line. Every step closer to the finish line Isabelle gets she proves her commitment and that she does not crack under pressure.

Running the London Marathon yourself? Register for the TAG Heuer Tracker so your friends and family can track your progress as you run.


Isabelle Jones running across Tower Bridge