RW’s Ultimate Marathon: Marathon checklists

Before race day, you should have

  • Tried your shoes and kit on a long run
  • Found out how to get to the start 90 minutes before the gun goes
  • Made a pace plan and ideally written it upside down on your race number where you can see it
  • Got plenty of sleep
  • Stayed off your feet
  • Eaten well and kept your fluid levels topped up
  • Decided exactly where to meet your friends or family after the finish, and arranged an emergency contact for you all to ring if the plan goes awry.

Race-day kit list

  • Vest or shirt with race number pinned to it
  • Race-day shoes with ChampionChip properly taped to it; socks
  • Shorts and/or tights to run in
  • Optional light gloves, gilet or light jacket
  • Blister patches, emergency money, optional energy gels, maybe in small bumbag
  • Old disposable long-sleeved top and leggings for keeping warm at the start, energy drink for before the start, optional dustbin liner with head and armholes for before the start
  • Race instructions and travel information

For your baggage bag

  • Suncream
  • Petroleum jelly if you chafe
  • Roomy, comfortable trainers for after the race
  • Warm change of clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Money
  • Post-race energy drink and food