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Runners across the country that are donning Rhino, giant chicken and superhero fancy dress to take on 26.2miles can rejoice at the news Virgin Active will be opening its doors to London Marathon runners in costume, giving entrants the chance to pound the treadmills and trial their technique in fancy dress before the big day.
Those in fancy dress will be able to access the gym floor – testing out their cardio and core strength the week before the London Marathon on 24th April.
Participating clubs near the London Marathon route include Tower Bridge, Canary Riverside and Strand, as well as Manchester Didsbury and Glasgow for runners living further north.
To guarantee entrance the gym floor, London Marathon runners must arrive with their costume, ID and proof of race entry.
Andy Birch, Head of Fitness for Virgin Active comments, “Finishing the London Marathon is an amazing achievement in itself, however those runners who accomplish this feat in costume have our serious respect. We know how important preparation is when it comes to Marathons which is why we’re offering 2016 runners taking part access to our gym floors anytime this week to make sure they feel ready- no matter their attire! We wish all those running the London Marathon this year the best of luck – see you at the finish line!”
Virgin Active’s last-minute London Marathon tips
For those running the London Marathon, with costume or without, Virgin Active’s Product Innovation Manager James Trevorrow, has pulled together the following last-minute tips for preparing for the London Marathon:
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Notes to editors
This offer is available from 18th-23rd April. General Managers of participating gyms have the right to refuse entry if the costume is a health and safety hazard on the gym floor. Participants must bring their costume, 2016 race confirmation email and ID on the day to participating gyms. Entry will be to the general gym floor and participants will not be able to join classes, visit the swimming pool or book personal training classes.
About Virgin Active Health Clubs
Virgin Active’s first club opened in 1999 and, since then, it has grown to become the leading international global health club operator with over 1.4 million adult members, 14,000 employees and 272 clubs spanning four continents and ten countries (South Africa, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Namibia, Botswana, Thailand and Singapore). For more information, please go to www.virginactive.co.uk.