Each year the London marathon attracts thousands of runners from across the globe ranging from world-class athletes competing for an elusive world record to the casual marathon runner raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Registering for the London marathon
If you wish to receive a ballot for taking part in the London marathon, then you will need to apply well in advance as the number of balloted entries is limited and demand is high. Many charities have an allocated number of spaces in the marathon and you may apply to represent your chosen charity.
Preparing for the marathon
If this is your first marathon, preparation is the key to success. Start out by running small distances at not much faster than a walking pace. As your fitness levels begin to improve, gradually increase the mileage each time you go for a run. Preparing for a marathon isn’t something that can be done overnight and may take months of training depending on your own personal fitness levels.
Slips, trips and falls
Suffering a slip, trip or fall during the London marathon could not only cause disappointment by having to retire before finishing, but could also result in serious long-term injuries that may leave you unable to work. Ensure that you wear appropriate footwear with adequate grip and avoid running on uneven surfaces to prevent slips and trips from occurring.
Keep well hydrated
It is important to remember that a marathon is an endurance event and not a sprint. It’s important to keep well hydrated when taking part in the London marathon to avoid becoming ill. In serious cases, dehydration can even lead to organ failure. In addition to keeping your fluid levels topped up, you should incorporate a healthy diet into your training regime, which should include a moderate amount of carbohydrates to fuel the body.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are taking part in the London marathon, we at Accident Advice Helpline would like first and foremost to wish you the very best of luck. Remember though, accidents can occur at any time and any place and if you suffer an accident and aren’t to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you require legal assistance, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown