The following information details the measures that are in place to ensure the health and safety of all race participants and spectators as well as guidelines that should be adhered to in order to minimise any risk and maximise everyone's enjoyment of the event.
The course will be fully marshalled to ensure a clear route and safe road crossings.
The course will be covered by a network of radio communications to link the race organisers and emergency response crews.
Medical attention will be available from Safeguard Medical Services Ltd who will be stationed near the finish line and at various key points around the race route. Mobile units and Repatriation vehicles will be in attendance. If the need arises, injured runners will be recovered from the course by their ambulance teams.
Runners must be aware of other track users at all times, including faster runners who wish to overtake. For this reason, the use of personal music players or any device using earphones, earbuds, or in-ear headphones is not permitted.
The latest guidelines suggests that runners should aim to drink 400 ml to 800 ml per hour maximum, the higher rates (800 ml) for faster, heavier runners competing in warm or humid conditions and the lower (400 ml) per hour for the slower runners competing in cooler conditions and those expecting times of 4 hours or longer in a Marathon, or 2.5 to 3 hours for a half Marathon.
|"There is a real risk of slower runners becoming overhydrated and developing dangerously low blood sodium levels if they drink more than 800 ml per hour."|
|Dr. Terry Cooper (Adviser to "Shakespeare Marathon")|