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First Timer Information – Run

If you have never done an event before – DON’T WORRY! We have years of experience and are happy to help you in any way you can.  We have devised a list of helpful tips to get you going from how to enter to a very detailed race day checklist to some tips on training.

Signing Up

Step 1. Visit the Activity Wales Events website
Step 2. Pick a distance so you have had enough time to train for it.  We advise give yourself 3 months.

Step 3. Choose a distance! Now put all your details into the system and sign up. Now put your credit card away and the hardest part is done! Congratulations you are all signed up!!
Now that you have a solid date in the calendar, let’s get started.

 

Race Day Checklist

At Activity Wales Events we know that those pre-race jitters can get the better of you, so it’s important to stay calm and make sure you’re fully prepared in order to minimise those nerves. Whether you live just around the corner, or on the other side of the world, here’s a comprehensive list of absolutely everything you’ll need before, during, and after your race; along with some useful extras to guarantee a positive experience.

Pre-race

  • Race confirmation
  • Race pack (released two weeks before race)
  • Photo ID
  • Signed disclaimer (You will have done this online when you registered)
  • Personal insurance
  • Map & directions to race location & registration (See Website)
  • Course map & area map
  • Area guide for restaurants and events (see our website)
  • Vaseline/anti-chafing lotion
  • Hat/visor
  • Sun cream
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • Toiletriesincluding travel-sized first aid kit
  • Travel alarm
  • Your usual pre-training breakfast(we recommend not changing your routine for a race – race as you train)

 

Race

  • Trainers(we recommend not buying brand new ones for the event. Make sure you test your running shoes & know they’re comfortable)
  • Socks– again, not cotton to help prevent blisters
  • Hat/visor
  • Short/long-sleeve shirtfor race, as weather dictates
  • Shorts/tightsas weather dictates
  • Gels or sports drink(if you train with them – race as you train)
  • Plasters/nipple guards(if necessary)

 

General

  • Race belt– easier & quicker than safety pins/cable ties
  • Race number & timing chip
  • Waterproof sun cream

 

Post-race

  • Extra socks
  • Compression clothingto aid recovery
  • Warm, comfortable clothingto minimize illness/injury/chafing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Food for replenishment
  • Wash gearfor cleaning up afterwards – note a wet towel in a bag does a good job if you can’t get to a shower
  • Towel
  • Ibuprofento reduce inflammation

 

Useful extras

  • Plastic bagsfor ice, wet/dirty clothes and swift wetsuit entry
  • First aid kit & insect bite cream
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof permanent parker
  • Safety Pins(& cable ties to secure race number – race belts are an easier option & available at the expo)

 

Training

 

There are many training plans to get you started.  The NHS have one to get you started – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/