What to do on Brighton Half Marathon Race Day

With the Brighton Half Marathon upon us, I have put together some final tips to get you ready for the big race day.

There is a tick list to keep your preparation in check, and a run down of what to pack in your race bag – all you have to do is keep running!

OK – so here are some nuts and bolts practical things to consider for the day:

Take a change of clothes – make sure that you wrap up warm before the run…and that your bag is waiting for you at the finish line!
Pack comfy shoes – I wear flip flops…with socks as most of you know, and for warmth I always bring a hoodie, some tracksuit bottoms, and most importantly a woolly hat.
Make sure you keep warm after the run – your body temperature will drop very quickly! I can’t stress the shoe thing enough. So get them socks and sandals out 😉
Food – don’t change your eating routine on the day.
Experiment on training runs, not on race day – If you’re used to running on an empty stomach, don’t start researching race day breakfast foods the night before your half marathon.
Carbs are key – porridge, toast etc. are safe bets on the day, but keep to what has worked for you in the past!
Bring your own fuel – some races will have fuel stations, but you shouldn’t rely on this. The fuel provided on race day may not be the same brand as you’ve been using, and this could bring on a stitch, cramps or even upset stomachs! The run is going to be hard enough…don’t make it harder.

SPECTATOR PLAN – make one.

Plan ahead – make it easier for you to spot your supporters on the way round, it will definitely help with motivation for you to see family and friends as the miles rack up.
Agree a spot – find out where your friends and family will be, try to remember what they are wearing.


Protect yourself – on race day you may suddenly find yourself chaffing in places you didn’t even know existed. I use ‘Body Glide’ but Vaseline will work.
Cover every inch of the body – not just the select spots that seem logical like your thighs, on race day get in between every toe, under every arm, and even around your waistband.
Seriously – Body glide.

RUN YOUR OWN RACE – stick to your own plans.

Make a plan and stick to it – everyone seems to be a coach before a race, but it’s important to remember that every runner you meet will have an opinion about how you should train, what to wear, and what to think etc.
Advice is great – but nobody can run the race for you, so it’s up to you to decide what fits your personality and body and then stick to your plan!


Must haves:

  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Running shorts / tights
  • Running t-shirt / base layer
  • Sports bra
  • Sponsorship vest (if running for charity)
  • Race number
  • Pins
  • Fuel (electrolytes, gels)
  • Watch/GPS


  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor
  • Fuel belt
  • Gloves
  • Compression socks


Post race bag:

  • Flip flops
  • Socks
  • Warm clothes
  • Money
  • Wet wipes
  • Mobile
  • Snacks