Medical Advice & Tips
Medical advice is that runners should drink approximately 100 ml of fluid (one sachet) every 15 minutes.
It may thus not be necessary for faster runners to drink at every station, as the dangers of over-hydration can be as severe, or more severe as those of dehydration. Gauge your drinking requirements on the time taken between water points.
Runners should modify their fluid intake to suit weather conditions on the day and should not experiment with new drinks on race day.
Medical Tent & Assistance
Minor Aches Pains, Grazes and Muscle injuries.
There are a team of physiotherapists and first aiders to soothe those aching muscles at the Physio tent at the finish.
Please feel free to visit the tent and have a welcome massage after your finish.
More Serious Medical Matters:
A Medical Tent will be available at the venue next to the finish. There is a full support team on hand to deal with any emergency that may occur.
A mobile crew is patrolling the route to deal with any major problems, supported by response vehicles, pickup vehicles and radio marshals to monitor your progress during the race.
In the event of a problem on the route, you will be assisted. The Race Emergency number will be given in final instructions. This will go direct to the Emergency Centre from which the mobile units which will be dispatched to attend to the incident.
In addition, there are radio communications at every water point along the route – you may use these to make contact with the emergency centre.
Prior to the race:
Please complete your medical information on the back of your race number to assist medical personnel in case of an emergency.
We have vehicles that patrol the route to assist those who are unable to complete the race and ensure they are returned to the finish safely.
Speak to you Doctor
If in any doubt about your health, consult your personal doctor before the race.
If you have had influenza or Diarrhoea in the week before the race, PLEASE visit your doctor or the race doctor before running.
Painkillers are NOT available during the race, for your own safety. Analgesics such as Panado/Nurofen can cause serious complications such as dehydration and can even lead to renal failure. We recommend you do not take any painkillers prior to or during the race, for your own safety.
Don’t take a chance with your health!
Avoid discomfort by putting plasters on nipples, and Vaseline on areas that chafe BEFORE the race.