Sweatshop, race organisers of the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon, suggest some useful advice ahead of this year’s races


 Get to know the course

Familiarise yourself with the route so that you know when to push yourself and when you need to ease off the gas. This will help ensure you run the race well from start to finish.

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 Get ready the night before.

Lay out your gear and get as much sleep as possible – aim for the recommended 8 hours.

 Get there early.

It is vital that you give yourself time to warm up thoroughly and get yourself comfortable with your surroundings

 Hydrate!

It is very important to hydrate before and during the race – water is ideal but drinking energy drinks that contain electrolytes throughout the race will help keep your body balanced when you sweat.

A nutrition strategy

Key to maintaining your energy levels. Eat a meal that is high in carbohydrates at least one hour prior to the race. Energy gels and chews will help keep your glycogen levels high during the race. You should incorporate these into your training regime to get used to using them as they will make a big difference to your performance on the day.

See some great pre-race recipes here!

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Practice running in the kit and the shoes that you are going to use on the day

It is important to wear-in new shoes to avoid rubbing and blisters, and if you have a blister to tape it up properly before the race. You can also prevent problems by covering areas you think might blister.

 In terms of gadgets, a sports watch is a must!

They can help to check your pace and give you a heart rate monitor to work out how hard the effort level is.

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Bring support

Knowing that someone is cheering you on will give you a real boost and keep you motivated. It is also nice to have someone there to share the moment you cross the finish line!

 Having your name on your bib is valuable

Your names are printed on your bibs so make sure these are worn clearly on the front of your T-shirt so that people other than family and friends can shout from the sidelines and spur you on!

 Enjoy it!

Whether or not you reach your target time or beat your PB, running is to be enjoyed. Be happy and proud that you finished the race.