Published on February 5th, 2019 | by Start Fitness0
Enter The Right Running Race in 2019
We’re now well into 2019 and with that brings new fitness goals, new training programs and a new racing fixture lists. But which races do you enter?
When wanting to enter any race you’ll need to make sure you know when the ballots go live. There are so many ways this can be done – you can use the power of social media, setting up notifications on your chosen race profiles, sign up for email reminders or you could Google the dates and make a note of it on your running calendar.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the experienced runners among you will have a go-to race they simply must enter every year, they’ll memorise the dates and be straight on it come ballot open day. For those fairly new runners, this year is a perfect opportunity to have a look and try one or two, maybe even three races – that way you can get a feel for the different types of races and you could even find your favourite!
As it’s still quite early in the year, some events are open to enter, take this opportunity to do a bit of investigating – ask your friends, your training group, running forums and social media groups about different races. It’s a great way to get an honest opinion on a race. Make sure you ask a few people as one person’s running nightmare can be another’s dream race. Don’t just ask about the race though, if it’s a race further afield you may have to stay somewhere overnight, so checking hotel prices and ratings is a good idea.
A few recurring favourites include the Great North Run, London Marathon and the Leeds Abbey Dash. So if you’re not sure where to start, we recommend investigating those events first.
The sooner you decide on a race and sign up, the sooner you can plan your training! And trust us, nothing gets you more motivated to train than entering a race.
Things to remember;
- Make sure you enter races with time to spare.
- Make sure it’s within your budget.
- Arrange travel/accommodation as soon as possible.
- Make sure you inform the organisers if you fall ill or become injured.
- Don’t panic if you can’t get in one race, look at others.
- Although it’s hard to compare if you haven’t raced, read reviews or talk to runners about potential events.
Whatever event you’re attending make sure you get yourself to Start Fitness for the best running gear!