Get those miles in ready for big race!

Chris Dillon, manager of the Sweatshop fitness shop in Ribby Hall Holiday Village.

Chris Dillon, manager of the Sweatshop fitness shop in Ribby Hall Holiday Village.

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KEEP getting the miles under your belt. That was the essential advice being given to this year’s dedicated crop of runners aiming to raise thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

Entries are continuing to flood in for the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k fun run – this year supporting the NSPCC – on May 13 and, with only five weeks to go, participants are being encouraged to step up their training.

Chris Dillon, 27, manager of Sweatshop Sport and Leisure, based at Ribby Hall Holiday Village, Wrea Green, has provided ten tips to help runners reach their goals when they take to the Promenade.

He said: “My first piece of advice would be to increase your mileage by around 10 per cent every week and vary the pace and distance to build up your fitness.

“Remember to keep well hydrated throughout and eat correctly for the race.”

Foods which provide a burst of energy on race day include healthy carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals and pasta.

It is also essential to eat protein such as meat and fish to help build and repair muscles.

Mr Dillon added: “Stick to what you know on race day and what you have done in your practice runs. Run at your own pace.

“It may also help to join a running group to help with your training and remember to wear the appropriate kit including socks, bras, and the correct weather-appropriate apparel.

“Finally, warm up before you run and cool down after each session, and enjoy it.”

Kathryn Taylor, NSPCC corporate fundraising manager for Blackpool, said she hoped people would be inspired to help children.

She added: “Every runner who joins the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k is guaranteed a really special day.

“Running for the NSPCC will give you something to really inspire and drive your training.

“By joining the fun run and raising sponsorship, you will be playing a part in helping to end child cruelty.”

Meanwhile, Jack Hecht, co-organiser of the Fun Run, is encouraging people to continue to send in their entry forms.

He said: “Don’t leave it until the last minute before you get your entry forms in.

“We are also encouraging people to get together as part of a team which can either be with your friends or your colleagues.

“All the money raised will make a huge difference for the NSPCC so remember your sponsorship forms.”