Does anyone have any thoughts on advice that race organisers could give at the start of a race to improve runners safety ? The reason I ask is that at two recent events I have had near collisions when a runner in front has stopped dead in the middle of a bunch. I recall a race some time ago where the marshalls specifically said that runners who needed to stop / walk should move over to the left. MP3 players, what do you think ? We all appreciate the time and efforts that race organisers put in, so what advice can we give to help them ?
Firsty congratulations on entering your first run. As for advice, don't get carried away and set off too fast. Also run your own race, go at your pace and if in doubt slow down as you can always put in a fast finish if you have some left in the tank.
More importantly, enjoy your run. Don't think of it as a race, think of it as a run with a lot of friends ! 25 years on I can still remember my first race and throughly enjoyed it and if you can remember it as a thoroughly enjoyable event it will keep you motivated and running for years to come.
I will add my support to the Brooks Ghost 4 campaign, having spent the past 6 months nursing both Achilees I purchased a pair of BG4's after gait anlysis and have really appreciated their two main features of great heal cushioning with excellent fore foot feedback. I really appreciate there weight too as for a cushioned shoe they are light.
Recommended and they work well with my orthotics too !