What should I take to a Race?

| 29/02/2012 | 10 Comments More

Novice | Experienced Club Runner | Athlete

Just don’t forget to bring these essential pieces of kit to your next race…

Hat or visor & Sunglasses:

Protection from the sun and to help you look the part, remember the sun doesn’t need to be hot, if it’s sunny protect yourself.

I recommend the X-Bionic Visor & Polaroid Glide P7130A sunglasses

www.x-bionic.co.uk & www.polariod.co.uk


Body Protection:

Your groin, feet, nipples and skin.  Your skin needs to be protected against the sun which I recommend using….

For the feet: Sorbothane SorboSkin

For the nipples: Clear Sport from Band-Aid


Race Number:

Remember to bring some spare safety pins and put the race number on your shirt in advance so it’s comfortable and in the right position.


Make sure you are fuelled up, your body will be working hard whatever distance you are doing, think about taking a gel pack for during and after (depending on the distance) and a sports drink for before and after.

Gels: I recommend GU Gels.

Sports drinks:  ISO2 Nutrition


Go to www.iso2nutrition.co.uk and www.guenergy.co.uk


If you want simple and don’t normally like to wear a watch when running then check out the Deuce Brand watch, it’s so light weight and small it’s like wearing a charity wrist band, but believe me it still has a big enough watch face so not to squint.

For more technical watches try the Timex GPS Global Trainer, its a great lightweight watch with all the recordable information you need to stay on track with your running goals.


Disposable Clothing:

Use a bin liner by just cutting open holes for your head and arms, or if you have an old sweatshirt you don’t want then wear that on the start line and chuck it just before you start

Toilet Paper:

On races such as a marathon you could be out there for several hours and even though many of these offer toilets along the route, don’t expect there to be paper for you, so take your own just in case.


One those cold winter days it may be preferable to wear gloves.  I recommend RAB Power Stretch Gloves.



Choose a thickness of sock that suits you and wear two pairs to prevent blisters.  I recommend X-Socks ‘Run Energy’ a compression sock to look after your calf muscles as well as a great comfortable sock underfoot.

As for an outer sock, many suggest another expensive technical sock, but after years of running ultra marathons in all conditions, I have found a simple thin cheap Umbro ankle sock to be best as an outer layer.







Running Shoes:

Dont try running in a brand new pair, especially if youve never even worn that type of shoe before, have a gait analysis done at a specialist running store and run the shoes in for a few miles prior to the race.

Also try out Sole insoles for support in replacement of the insoles standard in the shoe you wear.









www.hi-tec.com/uk & www.sole.co.uk


Forget the old days of cotton t-shirts that soak up the sweat and hold onto it making for an uncomfortable t-shirt that can often lead to problems like runners nipple…  Go for a technical t-shirt, I recommend X-Bionic Fennec Shirt, which is great for wicking away the sweat from the body and also has compression qualities too.









They should not inhibit your stride and fit correctly, I’ve normally over the year worn normal traditional running shorts but more recently, I have found the lycra styled shorts more favourable and good against groin rubbing.  I recommend X-Bionic Fennec Shorts.







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Category: Kit & Gaget Reviews, Marathon Advice, Running Advice

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