Half marathon runners set to feel the heat

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IT’S set to be a scorcher...

As more than 7,200 runners prepare to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon tomorrow, organisers and health experts have warned them to be prepared for a hot day, as temperatures are expected to remain as high as 23C.

Runners are warned to keep hydrated before and during the race and put on plenty of sun cream.

Ian Thomas, entries co-ordinator for the Sheffield Half Marathon, said: “It is vital that runners keep hydrated before the event to prepare their body for the fluids they will lose during the race, particularly in warm weather.

“It’s even more important if you have been used to training in cooler conditions.

“The recommended water in-take is two litres a day but every runner is unique, so listen to your body and drink as much water as it needs in the build up to the race.”

Every runner has been given advice about hydration in their registration pack - and are urged to read it before the race.

A drinks station at Don Valley Stadium will be open from 7am on race day, and a further six drinks stations are located along the route.

First aid professionals are located in the stadium and out on the route for runners requiring medical attention.

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said: “Often runners may not notice the skin burning while they are running as they tend to feel warmer owing to the exercise they are undertaking, so it’s important to make sure they apply a high factor sunscreen to exposed skin before starting the race as this would help to prevent sunburn.

“We would also advise that the sun screen is regularly applied throughout the day.”