24 Hour Running Race Advice & Tips

 

24 Hour Race Advice

 

Profeet entered teams into Endure24 in 2014 and 2015.

 

Our team of Danny Kendall, Louis Waterman-Evans, Gary Dalton, Max Wilcocks and Profeet Run Manager Richard Felton won the 3-5 person team category in 2014.

 

The following year, Richard and Max were joined by Anthony Clark, Andreas Chau, Leah, Claire Shelley and Gemma Carter.  Their team finished 4th in the mixed team of 6-8 category.

 

We asked our teams for their tips and advice for anyone thinking of taking on this or a similar 24-hour challenge:

 

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Rich, Louis, Max, Gary and Danny in 2014

 

 

Danny Kendall – ‘When you aren’t running, focus on recovering’

 

Focus on the lap you are running.  I tried to race each lap like an individual XC race and shut out the fact that I was going to have to do it again in two hours as this would have been quite difficult mentally!

 

When you aren’t running focus on recovering. As soon as you finish a lap get to work recovering, eat and drink a lot and do it as soon as possible, clean yourself up then put your feet up.

 

Take lots of kit and shoes! I had a change of kit for each of the 8 laps which helped as the course was muddy and the weather was horrible, so it would have been miserable wearing dirty kit multiple times.

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Louis Waterman-Evans –
‘Get your rest routine sorted’

 

Get your rest routine sorted. Stretch out, take a massage if required, eat some food, take on fluids and then get horizontal.

 

Through the small hours of the morning this becomes critical, but you should be strict with it during the day too to give yourself a solid foundation going into the night shift.

 

louis waterman

 

 


Gary Dalton –
‘Have a system and write it down’

 

Play to your team strengths, if you have runners who are more experienced at ultras or night running then plan their laps for the small hours or let them double up laps to give the others more rest.

 

Have a system and write it down on a white board e.g. the incoming runner wakes up or warns the next but one.

 

gary endure dalton

 

 

Max Willcocks‘Extra footwear goes a long way’

 

Set reasonable targets.  There’s no point going out to try and PB a 10km on your first lap then walking your next one because you’re knackered.

 

Extra footwear goes a long way, even a little bit of rain can destroy a course when you have this many runners continuously going over it. There’s nothing worse than putting soggy or muddy shoes back on in the morning.

 

Max celebrating his podium place

 

 

Claire Shelley – ‘A sleeping bag is good for keeping warm during rest periods’


Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing to wear while resting, and especially at night as the temperature can drop and it gets quite cold. You’ll be tired from having run a good distance by then, so a sleeping bag is a good idea for keeping warm during your rest periods.

 

If you haven’t run in darkness before and are nervous, then just be honest and let the team know so you can plan out the night-time shifts.

 

A great idea is to give a shout out on social media or to your team organiser a few weeks before the race and see if anyone fancies a practice head-torch run at night – I’m sure you’ll find a number of runners who will be up for it.

 

claire shelley

 

 

 

Gemma Carter – ‘Arrive early and set up camp near the race route’

 

Get there early, set up camp near the race route and the start area so you have easy access and can cheer the others in your team on.

 

gemma carter

 

 

 

Richard Felton‘Take a foam roller and start your ‘real food’ early’

 

I’d second Louis’ comment above about having a recovery routine. It’s such a shame to see people putting so much work into training for an event, but then not looking after themselves as the race goes on.

 

Because it’s 24-hour and a loop, then don’t forget you can use a foam roller, massage ball or stick between laps. There’s no need to brutalise yourself, but if you normally get tight after a run it can be a real help.

 

In terms of nutrition, because gels are easier to eat, I prefer to start with real food earlier on, before you can’t stomach real food, which will happen eventually.

 

My final tip is that it can be worth taking earplugs, particularly if you are camping the night before the race. You don’t want to have had all your race prep ruined by a bad night’s sleep the night before.

 

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