Monday 27 March 2017

Race day is nearly here, so what can you expect?

Sasha Kinch

Vhi Women's Mini Marathon
Vhi Women's Mini Marathon

The run-up to the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon has been incredibly exciting.

You’ve enjoyed an excellent weekly training guide from Siobhan Byrne, loved the delicious recipes from David Gillick and gotten some health tips from Vhi’s Dr May; you’re ready for the race.

But what should you expect on race day? Here is a handy guide for those who are running and for those who are in a supporting role on the day.

What should I bring on the day?

Preparation is vital for the race, so make sure you have packed last minute essentials. Pack your bag the night before and make sure to include these items:

Your race number: All participants are required to wear their race number. Pin it to your top the night before so you are ready to go on race day. Fill in your personal details and any medical conditions on the back of your race number. This information will help the medical personnel on duty to identify and treat you. It is also important to include details of who to contact in the event of an emergency.

Trainers: Stick to what you know! Now is not the time to start wearing new trainers or kit. Wear the trainers you have had time to build up mileage in and don’t forget to wear gear that you know will be comfortable from start to finish for the 10km route.

Layers: As we all know, Irish weather is very unpredictable. Be prepared for this. Plan ahead. Wear layers that you can peel off easily if you need to. Remember, it can get cold straight after the run so bring something that you can throw on at the end of the race to avoid getting a chill.

Sun Cream: If your skin is exposed, make sure you have sun cream on. You can still burn even if it is cloudy.

Vaseline: Put some Vaseline on your chest or inner thighs before the race, this will help avoid chafing.

Water: Make sure you drink enough water to keep you hydrated, especially if it is warm on the day. Sip the water slowly rather than gulping it all down in one go. There will be water stations at the Start area, the 4km mark, the 7km mark and the Finish area. Bring a bottle of water with you if you feel you may require water after the Start and before you reach the first water station.

And remember, you should not leave any bags unattended on the day; please use the free, supervised baggage area.

Where can I get live updates?

Check out the Vhi WMM 2016 Free App for all the latest news and information regarding the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. You’ll find all the latest updates on traffic, travel and weather as well as the details of the first finisher past the post. It's available on iTunes and Google Play.

What happens after the race?

On race day, one corner of Merrion Square will be transformed into an oasis of calm where you can sit back and chill after completing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. So drop in and take a seat on the comfy furniture, or hang out in one of the many hammocks or indeed ‘mammocks’ while you watch a cookery demonstration with David Gillick and sample some refreshments. There will be a DJ as well as some face painting and a balloon man for the kiddies. It will be the perfect place to catch up with fellow participants.

Vhi Women's Mini Marathon
Vhi Women's Mini Marathon

I’m a supporter, how can I help?

We’ve gone digital! Vhi Healthcare is delighted to reveal a new addition to this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon; the Vhi Wall of Support. You can now send a message of support to a family member or friend taking part in the event. The messages will be displayed on a big screen called the ‘Vhi Wall of Support’ as your friend or family member approaches at Donnybrook Church! All you need is your friends Race Number!

You can register your messages of support now on or with one of the Vhi Ambassadors at the number collection points nationwide or at Women’s World in the RDS on the 4th  and 5th of June.

Vhi will also be giving out 20,000 freebies on the day, so keep an eye out and make sure you get a Clapper to make some noise and spur everyone on.

Is there anything else I should know?

Why not check out the official Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon playlist on Spotify? They’ve catered for all paces. So whether you’re a walker, jogger or runner, you’ve got something to keep you motivated when you’re out pounding the pavements. You can listen here.


Sponsored by: Vhi

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