An epic endurance walk along the Thames Path National Trail, the Thames Path Challenge, is rapidly climbing the ladder to becoming one of the most popular charity endeavours in the country. Contestants can enter for distances of 25km, 50km and 100km and can run, walk or jog the distance to raise money for their chosen course.
The last thing you want to happen is for you to fall short of your target because of personal injuries brought on by an accident in public. Fortunately, there are a number of basic steps you can follow in order to minimise the likelihood of a trip or fall, or similar accidents, occurring.
Preventing slips, trips and falls at the Thames Path Challenge – footwear
Finding the right pair of trainers is your main way of staying safe during the Thames path Challenge. The event starts at Putney Bridge and moves up the tow path. Those in for the 100km will continue on to Henley after taking in both Runnymede and Windsor. Conditions underfoot will change considerably throughout the course. From grassy banks and stale concrete to leafy undergrowth and foliage, you need to be prepared for anything.
Obviously, your trainers need to be comfortable but they also need to offer strong support to both your ankles and the arches of your feet and possess excellent grip. The right shoes can go a long way to limiting the likelihood of a trip or fall accident occurring. The Thames Path Challenge takes place in September, which means rain is a distinct possibility. Therefore, if you are able to source a pair of waterproof trainers, they should guard you against slip accidents as well.
It’s also important to take care in the crowds. Lots of people heading in the same direction has the potential for numerous trips and falls to occur unless everyone takes care and is respectful of each-other. Remember, this is a charity event, not an Olympic final, so there is no need to be pushing past people and going all out for the best time. By all means, challenge yourself, but do so safely.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice