Wake at leisure and start hydrating with – drink 500 ml of purified water

Thereafter have a cup of tea or coffee if you’d like

Enjoy a moderate but hearty breakfast

Place running gear neatly on your bed, shoes on the floor below

Take a walk or gentle jog around the block, or many will do a parkrun as a warm-up and to settle the nerves

Watch a previous year’s race, another stimulating DVD or listen to motivating music

Visualise your run and attaining your goals

Do not take painkillers and do not run if ill

Critically analyse any sports nutrition bought off the shelves before use