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Tom’s Top Five Tips For Race Day


As some of you may have previously read, Hospiscare, has paired up with Great West Run winner, Tom Merson, to share tips and advice for runners preparing for this year’s Great West Run.

Tom, 32, from Exmouth, works in the NHS as an ODP / Vascular Access Practitioner at the RD&E Hospital. In his spare time Tom is also a successful local runner, who last year won Exeter’s well-known half marathon, the Great West Run.

Here are Tom’s top five tips for runners on race day:

  1. Turn up early. Roads will get closed off before the race so give yourself plenty of time to get there.

  2. Eat a good breakfast two hours before the start of the race. I always have porridge.

  3. Do a good warm up. Again, this is personal preference. Some people will run a couple of laps of the car park. Others will do two to three miles to loosen off. I do the latter.

  4. Enjoy the day. If things are going well I try to high five people as I go past, if I am fortunate enough to be ahead! At a recent Parkrun I high fived so many people my watch actually pinged off!

  5. Know the course and always give it everything in the last 100 metres! The Great West Run finishes in the stadium so when you hit the track, get in gear for the final stretch and go for it! Most importantly, don’t forget once you’ve crossed the finish line to look back on what you have achieved, give yourself a pat on the back and relax.

This year’s Great West Run is on 14th October.  There’s still time to join Team Hospiscare before the 17th September closing date, so if you’re interested in running in aid of Hospiscare, please contact Becky on 01392 688093 or email r.botfield@hospiscare.co.uk.