Selina and Neil Vickers, with children (left to right) Larissa, Liam and Gemma are excited for the pentath-run.
Selina and Neil Vickers, with children (left to right) Larissa, Liam and Gemma are excited for the pentath-run. Emma Channon

Vickers family laces up for run

FOUR-FIFTHS of the Vickers family will be tying their shoelaces and pounding the roads for the Warwick Pentath-fun run this weekend – but not before appropriate warming up.

Physiotherapist at Warwick Physioworks Neil Vickers is urging competitors to plan their pre-race routine carefully to avoid injuries.

Mr Vickers, along with wife Selena and children Liam and Larissa, will compete in various events in the pentath run, with five-year-old Gemma to cheer them on from the sideline.

He said warming up prior to the race was key to an injury-free weekend.

“Warming up is vital, especially for those competing in more than one event,” he said.

“This doesn't mean stretching when you are cold – it means spending some time gently getting the blood circulating to the muscles.”

A brisk walk or slow jog was what Mr Vickers recommended prior to the event and he said a stretch afterwards would help minimise muscle soreness and stiffness.

Training and running shoes were two other components the physiotherapist flagged as important.

“It's a little late to start training for the 21.1km event but a few small jogs will get you ready for the 1500m,” he said.

“When considering shoes, just because a pair of shoes is clean and new, it doesn't mean they're cushioning your legs adequately when running.”

Mr Vickers recommended speaking to a health professional or sports store to discuss it.

Entries to the Pentath fun run are online at www.pentathrun.com or at the Visitor Information Centre. Enquiries to Robert Stewart on 0438 611 483.

Pentath-Run

Events: 21km, 10km, 5km, 4.6km and 1500m

Entries: visitor information centre or www.pentathrun.com

All entries due today.



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