The last-minute marathon essentials to add to your shopping basket

Whether you’re waking up in the middle of the night with full-blown maranoia, struggling with tapering, or just deliberating over your race-day wardrobe, the final weeks before the London Marathon can feel the longest. 

With a few weeks to go before reaching the start line, it’s important to follow the golden rule – nothing new on race day. This applies to everything from kit to nutrition. That said, we’ve taken a look at the last-minute marathon essentials you might have forgotten, just in time for you to still take them on a few taper runs.

Spibelt, £18.99, runnersneed.com 

An expandable pouch, big enough for your phone and keys, that really does stay put, no matter how far you run. There’s also room for up to five gels in the loops on the outside of the waist belt.

Bodyglide Anti-Chafe Balm, from £9.99, amazon.co.uk 

Available in a number of different sizes for your race bag, this anti-chafe, anti-blister balm will help any painful rubbing on marathon day. If you’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for you, we’ve summed up more of the best anti-chafing products for runners here. 

Enlite Bra, £78.00, lululemon.co.uk 

Did you know your sports bra has a shelf life? Experts reckon if you’ve run for more than four-months in your bra, it’s time to swap it, as it might not be offering you enough support. This Lululemon option is a good choice – it’s super soft, yet built for running, with high support that minimises movement against your skin. If it’s not the one for you, we’ve rounded up the best sports bras for 2018 here. 

Buff Pack Run Cap, £29.95, wiggle.co.uk 

The joy of our unpredictable English weather makes it difficult to predict the race day forecast. Protect yourself from all possibilities a running cap. This offering from Buff is extremely light and can be packed down into your running belt if you want to take it off. If you want to have a browse of some alternative options, we’ve rounded up some of the best running caps here. 

Bolle Bolt Satin Crystal Smoke, £87, sunglasses-shop.co.uk 

These running sunglasses sit lightly, but securely on your face and don’t rub, no matter how long you wear them for. The sweatier you get, the tighter the nose and temple pads grip, keeping them in place. We’ve rounded up the best running sunglasses for every type of runner here.

SIS Go Isotonic Gel Orange, £1.40, runnersneed.com 

It’s a good idea to stick to the gels you’ve trained with, especially on race day. These popular gels from SIS offer slow release carbohydrates when you need them most.

Related: 4 sugar rules for race fuelling 

Men's Runderwear Boxer Short, £18.00, runderwear.co.uk

If you're in need of some lucky pants for the big day, we might just have found them for you. They won't chafe, they are seam-free for comfort and they'll give you support where you need it most. 

Invisibobble Hair Band, £4.95, boots.com 

Whatever hairstyle you choose for race day, you don’t want to be worrying about it falling down half way round. Keep things in place with these secure, telephone-cord-style Invisibobbles. Your ponytail won’t be uncomfortably tight and still be in place for your finishing photo.

Stealth Vegan Recovery Drink, £25.00, secret-training.com 

Of course, it’s not just the race you need to think about. With protein, carbohydrates, electrolytes and vitamins, this is a good post-race option. It’s also vegan and gluten free.

Related: 4 top chocolate milk drinks for post-run recovery

Anker PowerCore Portable Charger, £12.99, amazon.co.uk 

Planning on running with music, whilst trying to track your run on Strava and uploading a few Instagram stories? This power pack is pretty lightweight, it’s small enough to fit into most running belts, and it’s compatible with most phone models.

P20 Continuous Spray SPF30, £24.99, boots.com 

All the power of P20’s once a day sun protection, in a new can that allows you to get even coverage. If the forecast is for bouts of sunshine, stay protected with this quick-drying, water resistant protection.

CEP Merino Socks For Recovery, £34.99, cepsports.co.uk 

A good buy for after the race, these compression socks help tired muscles recover faster. Find more compression gear in our guide to the best compression gear for runners.