Preparation – Top Tips.

If you have not been regularly running, check with your doctor before you start training.

Build up your distances evenly and gradually and not in big jumps.

If you sustain an injury, check with your doctor or a sports therapist that it is safe to return to training before you do so. Returning too quickly can cause greater damage and delay your ultimate recovery.

Warm up before each training run. The recommendation is for at least 10 minutes.

Cool down at the end of each training run.

Choose your running shoes carefully – go to a specialist sports shop where there is someone who knows how to match your feet (flat, high arch, normal) with the right type of running shoe.

There are many websites that will give you good advice on marathon preparation; this is one example: