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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Five tips to avoid injury when running the London Marathon


    Running the London Marathon is an achievement participants are rightly very proud of. Sadly, personal injuries mean many runners never make it to the finishing line. Here are five tips to avoid accidental injuries while running the marathon.

    • Training
      Make sure your fitness levels and strength are adequate by training regularly before the event.
    • Warming up
      Warm up adequately before the event. Cold muscles could easily lead to sprains, strains and other running injuries likely to ruin your run.
    • Footwear
      Adequate, well-fitting footwear is vital if you want to complete the course unscathed. Select a quality pair of running shoes that will help to ease the effects of running on tarmac is likely to have on your feet and legs, Avoid blisters and chaffing by ensuring the shoes are well fitted and comfortable.
    • Pace
      Run at a pace suited to your own abilities. The London Marathon is, unless you are a professional runner, meant to be fun for participants, not torture. There is no need to keep up with experienced runners, just make sure you stay the distance and alternate periods of running with stretches of walking if necessary.
    • Fluid intake
      Dehydration is a real risk when running a marathon. Avoid the consequences of inadequate fluid intake by drinking plenty of water. Runners are offered drinks all the way from start to finish, take advantage of this and keep yourself well hydrated.
    • Other risks
      Drinking while running often results in spills, and runners rarely take the time to find a bin for emptied drink containers. Avoid slips, trips and falls by keeping an eye on the floor and avoiding slip or trip hazards.

    Unfortunate mishaps

    Should you fall victim to a London Marathon accident through no fault of your own, you may qualify for slip, trip or fall injury compensation. Discussing your running accident with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor will help you to establish if you are entitled to make a personal injury claim. Lines are open 24/7 via a freephone number.

    The next step

    After confirming your claim eligibility, the advisor will offer you the assistance of an in-house lawyer. Backed by years of experience in dealing with no win no fee* compensation claims, one of our lawyers will most likely be able to deal with most of the claim process over the phone and could even settle the claim without having to go to court. As circumstances do vary, this can, however, not be taken for granted. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.