How to enter and run in a race.
And other tips.
If you want to enter a race, fill in one of the race entry forms and simply send it off. The club only enters teams in relays and cross country events, so simply add your name to the form on the club notice board if you are interested in running these, or let any Committee member know, who will inform Alan Elders, who sends these entries in.
The club also enters the North Eastern Cross Country League (The Start Fitness Harrier League), all you need to do is turn up and run these, you keep the same number that you are given for all the runs.
Running in races will help you improve, but having said that, you don't have to race at all if you don't want to.
If you want to run only for fun, or if you just want to improve your times, or get a time over a distance, thats fine. If you run in a Club Grand Prix event you will pick up points.
However here are a few bits of general advice and tips, as supplied by members of the club.
- Don't eat a meal within about 2 hours before the race or run, and then try to make it a light meal such as toast or something that will be easily digested and give you energy.
- Don't drink too much in the way of alcohol the night before.
- Wear a good cushioned light racing shoe or training shoe.
- Don't go off too fast and if you have a training partner in the club try to run together for at least the first half of the race/run.
- If you are just starting to run races, try and treat them as training runs, but don't worry where you will finish and enjoy it.
- If it is windy tuck in behind someone else running a speed that is comfortable for yourself. This conserves your energy and they act as a free pacemaker for you.
- Talking uses up energy and breaks your own concentration, and can make the mouth dry.
- Never use a brand new pair of shoes.
- I like to use deep heat before a race to help prevent injuries from pulled muscles. Apply to the legs and stomach/chest.
- Don't run too hard within say 3/5 days of an event. If it is a long run like a marathon or a half marathon you may need to taper down your running. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.
- Wear the club vest.
- Numbers go on the front.
- Ask who else is running in the club, to find out the popular events, there is generally someone running every week.
- Ask if you need a lift.
- In cross country you will need a pair of spikes, unless it is very dry on the flatter courses such as Blaydon or Chester le Street.
- In a 10 mile or above don't forget sun cream on hot sunny days, sunglasses or a lightweight cap to protect you from the sun.
- Take regular small drinks in the longer races (Hydration). Races above 10km have to provide water.
- If your running at night or in poor visibility wear something relective and light in colour eg A high visibility vest. Be seen!