Marathon preparation Programme

Have you always wanted to run a marathon, but have no idea where to start?

Perhaps, you’ve ran marathons before but wish to beat your personal best?

If so, we’re offering a brand-new service in the lead up to the London Marathon which will be a preparation programme, spanning across 17 weeks in the lead up to the event. Our programme aims to teach you the most effective ways to run in order to reach maximum levels of performance during the marathon. Whether you are participating in a full or half marathon, your programme is tailored to suit your goals. You don’t have to be an experienced runner to avail of this service, it can be tailored for your needs, even for those who want to start a couch to 5k programme.

Your 17-week preparation will be under guidance and constant monitoring of our physios and running experts.

What you can expect in this programme

Step 1

The first step in getting you ready for your marathon is an assessment. Our expert physios conduct a thorough biomechanical assessment and gait analysis. Using our state-of-the-art VALD equipment, Footscan technology and in-house treadmill and gym, we can screen for injury risk and obtain a baseline strength index along with a comprehensive report of your biomechanics.

From here, your physio will teach you ways to be more efficient, address any biomechanical weakness and possibly recommend for you to have bespoke orthotics made if you are a candidate.

Step 2

After the assessment, your physio will set up a treatment/training plan with you. Depending on your needs, your plan may include weekly physio treatments or sports massages while we build you toward your goal and keep injuries at bay whilst prepping. During your 17 weeks, you will also have progress assessments to ensure you’re on an upward trajectory toward the set goals.



Step 3

Whilst preparing, you will be given the opportunity to join weekly physio-led runs with other members of the programme. During these runs, you’ll enjoy meeting like-minded people of all running levels who also wish to participate in the marathon. You will also have the benefit of your physio imparting his or her running knowledge in these safe weekly prep runs.

Step 4

During the programme, you will be invited to attend running workshops and seminars lead by members of the GB athletics team. They will provide you with keen insights on successful marathon running whilst also giving you the chance to ask questions.


Step 5

As a member of our prep programme, you will have the access to our exclusive members only groups where you can exchange running tips and techniques with the other members of the group. Within this group, your physios and running coaches will also share nutrition information to keep you on top of your plan. You will also have the option to be added to the Strava app so your physiotherapist can track your progress as the marathon approaches.

Step 6

Lastly, as part of this programme you will also receive 1 bonus recovery treatment in the week post-marathon.

This treatment can be whatever your body requires after the run, such as a deep lower limb sports massage to detoxify and soothe any sore muscles.


Please note, as this service is bespoke to each individual, the treatments provided within the 17 week period may differ across members of the programme, based upon the recommendations of our experts.  

If you’re someone who will be partaking in a marathon, or would like 1 on 1 running guidance please call us on: 0207 636 8845 to claim your spot in our programme. This programme is also welcome to anyone who wants to improve in running, and prefers to be overseen by a professional.


Since seeing Louise (following an Achilles rupture repair), I have:

- Made it back onto tennis / squash courts to (tentatively!) celebrate 1 year anniversary of my surgery 
- Ran my fastest 10k at 43.57! 
- Ran 5k in 21:30 (vs pre-surgery PB of 20:18) 
- I increased my single leg calf lift to 59 kg (vs ~18 kg initially a few months ago) 
- I had a final appt with my consultant, who discharged me while congratulating me on a wonderful recovery

All the above is to illustrate that I'm absolutely delighted with the progress I have made since last summer when I couldn't do anything and the outlook seemed bleak. I'll be forever grateful for Louise’s guidance and support as I've navigated the long road back from my injury, and I appreciate the continued advice to help me prepare for more dynamic activity. Louise has been really fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better care.

Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.


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I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!


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I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.


Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.


Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.


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The care I received from ALO Physiotherapy was outstanding from the first session to the last. Sessions with Louise were informative as well as practical, allowing me to understand the context/logic behind treatment as well as tips to prevent future injuries. Louise was always readily available to answer my questions and the treatment process was collaborative rather than being prescriptive. Beyond the expertise of the team the quality of the equipment and facilities was incredibly high and aided my recovery significantly. I would recommend ALO Physiotherapy to anyone who requires physiotherapy treatment in the Marylebone area.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

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