Running a marathon is a challenge for anyone, no matter your level of fitness or how much training you have completed. There are some steps you can take to keep yourself safe and well whilst running a marathon, such as staying hydrated, wearing the right clothing and shoes and warming up properly before your race. But there are other dangers of running a marathon that could leave you injured through no fault of your own.
What are the most common dangers?
- Collision with a vehicle. You could be hit by a vehicle whilst running a marathon – such as an emergency services vehicle or similar.
- Trip or fall. A damaged pavement could lead to injuries when running a marathon. You’re moving at speed, so you’re less likely to spot cracks or damaged paving stones before it’s too late. If you fall, you could suffer cuts and bruises, broken bones, facial injuries or head injuries which could require hospital treatment.
- Being hit by a vehicle in the car park. You could be injured in the car park before you even make it to the starting line. With everyone rushing around to prepare for the race, a reversing car may not check their mirrors properly and could hit you as you’re crossing the car park, leaving you seriously injured.
- Injured by falling signs or banners. Signs, lights or other items erected for the marathon could fall and injure you either at the starting line or as you’re running, causing serious back, neck or head injuries. In some cases, spinal injuries caused by objects falling from height could cause permanent damage and disability.
- Injured by objects thrown by the crowd. There have been instances where marathon runners have been injured by supporters or protesters in the crowd throwing objects at them or onto the race route. You could slip or trip over something which is thrown, or it could hit you, causing injury to your face or body.
Who’s responsible for your accident?
Although you take some responsibility for your own safety when taking part in a sporting event, the dangers of running a marathon could mean you’re injured and somebody else is to blame. If this has happened to you, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our team of expert advisors offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim.