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Entry Re-opens For 1 Week Only!

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We are excited to announce we are able to reopen entry to the great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon Events.

There are only LIMITED places available and as a result, entry will be open for 1 week only. We are re-opening because:

  1. We know how disappointed some runners are at not getting their entry in the ballot to run London Marathon – so we wanted to give our runners a chance to still enjoy a great atmosphere and be part of an event in Wales that covers the distance!
  2. A number of our runners have contacted us to see if we still have places left, so to help meet this demand we have re-opened for this limited time.
  3. The future of our event – all our events have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the new Brexit measures which have come into place. Although confidence in large scale events is slowly coming back our road to recovery will be a long one and by reopening entries your participation will mean that we are able to rebuild our events into the future and ensure you have that same great experience you always have had.
  • Entry will open on 15th March and close at 5pm on 22nd March 2022.
  • Please note that you should only take part in this event if you are physically able to run, jog and walk continuously for 26.2 miles in the marathon event and 13.1 miles in the half marathon.
  • There is a cut off time of 6 hours for the marathon and 4 hours for the half marathon.
  • Entrants who sign up during this period will be able to collect their race packs on the morning of the event from the Race Information Point.

To SIGN UP click HERE

The Dos & Don’ts of Running A Marathon!

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A marathon is a difficult challenge but running 26.2 miles or over 42km is achievable with the right training, preparation and application. Here’s a handy guide provided by our training partners at realbuzz.com that highlights some the dos and don’ts of running a marathon.

 

The dos of running a marathon

  • Be positive. – Positivity shouldn’t be understated. You have done your training, be determined that you will finish.
  • Taper down well in the last weeks. Prepare for your rest. It is better to go into the race undertrained than overtrained. If you’ve undertrained you can rely on the adrenaline of race day to help you find energy from somewhere.
  • Check out your gear carefully.- Lay it out well in advance, even a few days before your the race. This ensures you don’t forget anything and you’ve got sufficient time to get anything that you are missing.
  • Have a gentle run the day before the race. – Getting out and doing a few kilometres (perhaps no more than 5k) will not deplete your energy reserves and it will relieve any tension or any pre-race apprehension you may have.
  • Get a good book to read – the night before the race, or the morning of the race. It will stop your mind dwelling on the task ahead and ensure you don’t get overrun with nervous tension.
  • Eat a balanced meal the night before the race. – The ideal mealneeds to include protein, carbohydrate and some fat. A nice dessert will be fine too. Just make sure you stick to the same sort of foods you’ve had before your training runs.
  • Tape up and grease. – This is an essential rule when it comes to the dos and don’ts of running a marathon. Surgical tape on nipples (male and female) and Vaseline between the legs, under the arms and maybe on toes, if you are blister prone.
  • Split the race into chunks. – Five miles or 5k, to help you feel you are making progress. Faster runners should relax to 16 miles (around 25km), and then treat the rest as a 10 mile road race.
  • Stick to an even pace that you know you can finish in. – Wear a sports watch to track your pace and don’t get distracted in the excitement. Start your watch as you cross the start line, and then you will then know your true pace and time for the distance.
  • Carefully plan your route and timing to the start – that way you don’t end up rushing or panicking. You’ll have time for those last-minute things such as visiting the toilet and warming up.

 

The don’ts of running a marathon

  • Don’t get carried away in the excitement of the start – run too fast and then come to a virtual stop at some stage. It is always better to be passing people after half-way than being constantly overtaken. Stick to your own pace.
  • Don’t be on your feet all day sightseeing or shopping the day before the race. – It might be tempting to explore or sightsee the day before the race, especially if you are in a new town, but this will only leave you tired before you’ve even stepped on the course.
  • Don’t shower. – Taking a shower removes the body’s natural oil that helps the body stay cool, which is important to prevent premature dehydration.
  • Don’t wear any new running gear, especially shoes. – All of your running kit should be tested and tried in the days and weeks before the race.
  • Don’t over hydrate before and during the race. – Your body can only absorb so much liquid. Drinking moderately during the marathon is the best advice. Your training should have given you a good idea of how much you need to consume during the race, given the conditions you get on the day.

 

If you feel motivated, or looking to run a marathon why not try out the Great Welsh Marathon?  Organised by Front Runner Events and hosted in the beautiful Pembrey Country Park on the 5th April – this could be one for you!  To register your place go to: www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk   Or to find more tips, tools or training challenges visit the realbuzz team here: www.realbuzz.com where they can help you take your training to the next level.