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.
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.
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.