First timer tips

Finishing line hug

February 28, 2013 // Rachel Ellis

Race Day Tips – from our Bath Half runners

Are you doing the Bath Half for the first time? We recently asked our Facebook and Twitter crowd who’ve run the Bath Half before to give us their top tips.

So here they are –we’ve included some from last year too – we hope you find them useful.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Before the race

“Have your name printed on the front of your running shirt. It’s great to have the crowd call your name, cheering you on when you’re running!”

“Get there in plenty of time so you can relax before the start.”

“Wear an old pair of trainers until ready to race. It can be muddy before the start!”

“Have an old jumper to wear to the start line which you can throw off afterwards – waiting around can get chilly!” [No bin bags please]

“It can be chilly so wear something that you don’t mind ditching at the start.”

“Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to secure your timing chip on your trainer. I didn’t and mine fell off, posted a ‘Did Not Start’!!”

“Boys – make sure you wear a quality t-shirt or else you will have very sore nipples.”

“Agree cheering and meeting points in advance with your friends and family so you can look out for them, because it will be very crowded.”

“The toilets are all very busy just before the start of the run and doing a Radcliffe is not acceptable, even for the lads!”

“Try out the sports drinks that will be on offer in advance while you’re training to make sure you’re ok with them.”

“Try things in training first – don’t eat or drink anything on race day that you don’t normally have when you’re planning a long run.”

“Take a little bit of loo roll with you – just in case!”

“Take a few jelly babies with you to see you through the last few miles.”

“If you have a target time in mind then pick up a couple of free pace bands at the Lucozade stand (as you enter the Runners Village) and stick to that.”

At the start

“At the gun don’t go out too fast. Take an extra 30 seconds for the first mile. “

“If you are in the ‘also rans’ like me, just go with the flow for the first bit of the race, don’t waste energy trying to overtake people, there is plenty of time for that along the Lower Bristol Road!”

“Remember it’s downhill at the start so be careful not to go off to fast– and remember you have to go back up it at the end!”

“It’s really crowded at the start so use it as an excuse to start slowly don’t waste energy weaving & ducking the crowd soon thins .”

During the race

“Find a group running at your pace and join them. They will keep you going without you pushing too hard or beyond your ability.”

“There is water and Lucozade on offer as you go round but don’t drink tonnes of it – drink as much as you normally in training. Drinking too much can be very dangerous.”

“Hydration is important – don’t get tempted to over drink because it sloshes around in your tum; on the other hand most people will need to take on some fluid during the race. Best thing is to not change from whatever rehydration regime has worked for you during training – even if you find it hard to ignore the free drinks on the way round ;-)”

“Always run at your own pace – don’t try and compete with anyone around you.”

“Try to relax and enjoy the crowd, and the runners around you  – watch your speed as you’ll probably run faster because of the adrenaline.”

“There’s loads of support all the way round – even if you walk a bit, finishing is really fantastic – Good Luck!”

“Try a smile as you’re coming down the home straight – it will feel great!”

“Love the Heart FM stage at Churchill Bridge and the steel band in Queen Square – they really motivate you!”

After the race

“Don’t forget to stretch afterwards – it’s so easy to forget in the excitement of finishing.”

“Allow extra time to get out of Bath afterwards and check the race Twitter feed for updates on traffic.”


See you on race day everyone!