7 essential items for your race bag Helping you get organised for race day

The 7 essential items for your race bag.We're less than three weeks away from race day.

Next week we'll address the final chapter of your marathon training programme. But before we do, there’s just one more piece of advice we’d like to pass on.

It’s time to get practical and it’s time to get packing. Your race bag needs to have everything you need for before, during and after the marathon. Preparing it properly can make your race day experience a lot easier.

What you'll need to pack


1. Timing chip and race number

You'll be amazed how often this is forgotten! You pick up your chip and your race number at the Marathon Expo in race week. If you don't bring them with you on race day, you won't be allowed to compete.

2. Old clothes

You will be waiting around for quite a while in the holding pen before you begin and you don’t want to start the race stone cold. Make sure it's a top that you don't mind losing at the start line and not seeing again.

3. Vaseline

Chafing is a common problem for marathon runners. Bring some Vaseline for those areas prone to irritation. It’ll save you a lot of discomfort and allow you to focus on your performance.

4. Food

Don’t forget any bars or gels you’re expecting to consume during the race. You don’t want to get halfway round the course and find yourself struggling for energy.

5. Spare socks and shoes

After the race your feet will be desperate for some reprieve. Pack your most comfy footwear and put them on for your journey home. The hard work is done!

6. Wet wipes

Whether it’s cleaning up any scrapes or if the pre-race toilets run out of loo paper, you’ll be happy you remembered these.

7. Tasty snack

After running 26.2 miles, your body will be craving some extra energy. Treat yourself to your favourite snack, safe in the knowledge that the hard work is done.

Quick tip: lunges for runners

Lunges are a vital exercise for any aspiring - or experienced - runner. They build strength and endurance in your hamstrings, allowing you to run faster for longer.