St John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland

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First Aid at Cork City Marathon - June 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Patrick Rushe   

 St. John Ambulance, Cork City, is gearing up for the annual Cork City Marathon on the 2nd of June. We hope everyone enjoys the event. We wish to share important information with competitors and spectators so please read this full article. On the day, we will be working in conjunction with the Health Service Executive, the Irish Red Cross, the Civil Defence, and the Order of Malta.

Our headquarters at 6 Victoria Road, Cork City, will act as the muster point for all medical personnel from the various organisations.  From there, highly trained teams will be dispatched to 14 different locations along the route where they will be on hand for any medical emergency.

Each first aid station will be clearly marked. The main medical centre will be established at the finishing line. There will also be bike units operating on the course.

In the event of a Medical Emergency on Race Day:

  • Have someone ring 112 or 999 immediately. Be as specific as you can about the nature of the injury and your location. Try to tell the operator what mile mark you last passed or if there is a building you recognise near by.
  • If stewards are near by, get their attention.
  • Ensure that someone stays with the casualty until help arrives.
  • Under no circumstances should you try to carry another competitor. Ensure that the injured person stays on the course until help arrives and does not attempt to travel back into the city centre without medical attention.

We offer the following advice to competitors:

  • Fill in the form on the back of your race number. It is the first place a rescuer will look for information. It is critically important that all runners complete the form.
  • Never attempt to run a marathon unless you have properly trained for the event. You should regularly have been running over the past months. Attempting a marathon without proper training could result in injury, or even death. It is desirable for competitors to have completed a training run of in excess of 18 miles.
  • If you are on medication or have a medical condition, seek advice from your GP before the race.
  • If you have an upset stomach, diarrhoea, a cold, the flu or any other ailment on the morning of the race, our advice is not to start.
  • Wear sunscreen if necessary.
  • Get plenty of sleep in the week before the race and avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat plenty of carbohydrates in the 24 hours before the race.
  • Wear comfortable trainers that are suitable for running. Do not wear a new pair of trainers on race day. Improper or damaged footwear is likely to cause injury.
  • Wear clothes that do not chaff. Preferably, use clothes that you are familiar running in.
  • On the morning of the event, give yourself enough time to stretch and warm up. The best routine to follow is the one you used during your longer training runs.
  • Water stops and energy drink stops are scattered along the course. It is extremely important not to become dehydrated or over hydrated. You should follow the same routine as you used during your training. We recommend a mix of water and energy drinks, as this balance will help maintain appropriate salt and sugar levels.
  • If you feel unusual or unfamiliar pain or discomfort during the course of the run, stop immediately and seek medical advice.

We hope that everyone has a brilliant day.

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