I’m getting very hot under the collar training for big run

It’s important the parade continues – but safely

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Running in a heatwave is a stupid thing to do.

Not only do you have to drink what feels like your own bodyweight in water – squash – leading up to a long run, you also have to think about your clothing, trying not to sweat out your sunscreen, and how to keep a pair of sunglasses on the increasingly damp bridge of your nose.

By the time you read this I will – hopefully – have completed the New Forest 10. It’s a 10-mile run through the forest’s beautiful scenery, with precious little shade but a lot of friendly smiles along the way.

It’s all part of my training regime for the Great North Run, which will be longer at 13.1 miles.

I am starting to get really quite nervous for it now – and it’s not until October.