Food At Events

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06/10/2002 at 21:59
I am doing some research to see what food & drink runners/athletes prefer to eat prior & post races.
I will declare my interest now - I own a catering service aimed at athletic/road races. Cheshire Organics is the only 100% organic catering unit in the UK offering a quality service with food including pasta, chilli, bacon butties, etc. I am a runner and know what I like to eat but I am interested to find out exactly what other runners eat and what you would like to see available at your race meeting.
Looking forward to your suggestions.
Chris
07/10/2002 at 08:40

Home made fruit cake - can't beat it (well apart from bacon butties but you'e already got that covered)

After the Bearbrook 10k there was a great snack bar run by the club with some excellent fruit cakes (so good we bought a load to take hope for lunch too).
07/10/2002 at 09:27
Before a race: a decent meal 2-3 hours before, then just water.
After a race: I'll be at the fruit cake stand with Nick. Something heavy on the easily absorbed carbs but with at least the illusion of being healthy. Also happy to settle for fresh or dried fruit, scones, and nice bread with jam, meat or cheese. I'm unlikely to want hot food for a couple of hours afterwards (although fresh soup would be nice on a cold day) but know plently of runners do sprint straight off the finishing line into the chippy.
10/10/2002 at 10:26
I agree about the fruit cake, but it would have to be very moist so it went down well, and not too sticky like malt loaf so that you could talk to other people without having your teeth covered in bits! Other than that anything I eat after an event has to be moist and easy to eat.

As for drink, good old tea is my favourite after an event. Not stewed and not lukewarm! Some cycling events allow riders a free cup of tea/coffee if they hand in their number at the tea-tent/wagon, to prove that they took part. That's always a nice thing to look forward to for the last miles of the race.

The above may not be very helpful to you. I actually take my own food because I can't really afford to buy at the event.

10/10/2002 at 11:59
Stella, hot pork pie and mushy peas please! (Did I mention Stella??)
10/10/2002 at 13:08
In the depths of winter a bowl of nice thick porridge with honey on it. And then another one.
10/10/2002 at 13:39
Please please get yourself and your van to more events then, I'm tired of having my stomach turned by the smell of sub-factory standard burgers and chips. It's amazing how little competition or varity there is in fast food really. And I'm usually starving by the time I get to the race, let alone afterwards.

Wish list: decent tea, water and juice as well as the cans of pop.
'tearoom 'type cakes as suggested, flapjacks, banana bread, carrot cake etc.
Proper soup, fresh sandwiches, rolls.
Baked spuds with chilli, curry, veggie options.
Pizza slices.

There's a catering company I can't remember the name of that does hummus, greek salads, garlic mushrooms etc which are delicious and mean the kids actually get a decent lunch instead of aforementioned chips washed down with pop.
10/10/2002 at 13:43
Fruit cake for me - or a nice flapjack. Big cup of tea - like a pint of tea goes down very well in hot or cold weather!
10/10/2002 at 14:02
Saline drip. Usually puke after races and can't even handle water!
Hot honeyed porridge sounds good though!
10/10/2002 at 14:10
nothing, but nothing, beats a nice fresh cup of tea afterwards. Not stewed, NOT served in a polysterene cup and only with semi-skimmed milk. Before hand I agree with womble. Porridge and honey and maybe an apple. Afterwards bananas and cereal bars.

Foe some reason organisers assume we all want to eat fried food !!I did the Kona 100 mountain bike race and they only had one food outlet for 1500 people (on the ride they actually ran out of food at the food stops) serving bacon butties if you could be bothered to queue, and they had packed up and gone when most people finished !

Good luck. Nutrition is often forgotten about by us runners !
10/10/2002 at 14:19
Oh yes, Pig Pen. I'd forgotten the importance of the cups! Absolutely NO polystyrene (spelling?). It ruins a nice cup of tea. Which should be served in pints as polabear says! Perhaps we should start taking our own mugs to races.

Though while reading Lagerman's suggestions I did start to ponder on the alcohol preferences! But no, we have to get home afterwards!
10/10/2002 at 14:24
Hey, dont knock fried bacon butties. Netherthong 10k (possibly the best 10k in the world, but no doubt thats another thread) does fantastic bacon butties.
10/10/2002 at 14:35
One box of jaffa cakes with 2 pints of Stella are pretty tasty after a run (well, apart from the London Marathon - which requires a 5 course meal!)
Sandwiches are always a must with heaps of mayonaise.....just to replace those lost calories (any excuse)!
10/10/2002 at 14:50
oh thanks Katie, now the whole forum knows my spelling is atro...er..terrible. And I'm an Engineer so you think polystyrene would come naturally !! (or there again maybe it's because i'm an Engineer..!!)

Where is that pesky spell check key when you need it !
10/10/2002 at 14:51
Pre run, the best I've ever had was home-made banana bread - yum.

Immediately after a race, I usually crave a bowl of rice crispies, with a sprinkle of sugar and nice cold semi-skimmed. Pasta is great, but only after lots of fluids and a hot bath. I certainly couldn't face a burger or a sandwich/roll with a heavy filling.

Chocolate crispy cakes as a treat would be nice.

10/10/2002 at 14:52
sorry Pig Pen - I didn't mean anything!!!
10/10/2002 at 16:12
that's ok Katie, I forglive you.



oh bugger !
10/10/2002 at 16:59
For me it has to be vegetarian. That limits the choice a bit. However, after the race a banana and scone, muffin or flapjack. I prefer low fat/high carbohydrate foods. I avoid chocolate etc. since the blood sugar goes sky-high but then falls like a stone very soon afterwards leaving me in a worse state.

I do not eat at races before the start since I need to eat about 120/90 minutes before the start.
10/10/2002 at 18:59
Gin and tonic
11/10/2002 at 09:16
I should have mentioned that Sainsbury's low fat custard is my best food for recovery!
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