Electric Picnic 2022 may be completely sold out but The National Dairy Council's Tour de Picnic offers music fans a final chance to win a golden ticket to Ireland's most anticipated festival - and raise money for a great cause while they're at it.

Contestants are asked to register for the annual charity event and raise a minimum of €450 by the 12th August before taking part in a 17km run or 80km cycle on 2nd September to earn their 3-day camping Electric Picnic ticket.

The money raised will be supporting three charity partners: The Ronald McDonald House Charity, ISPCC Childline and LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.

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With the countdown to Electric Picnic well and truly on, we touched base with long-distance athlete and Tour de Picnic ambassador Grace Lynch to get some top tips for preparing for this unique event.

Any advice for first time runners taking on the Tour de Picnic?

"Make sure that when you're starting out, take it easy. A lot of people go out fast and go too fast. You have to run easy on your easy days and hard on your hard days."

"It's about getting in some miles over the next couple of weeks and getting your body a chance to prepare for it. Keep the miles easy. On the actual day that you're doing the run, start out nice and handy, try and get a group of people that you can work together with and you will get there.

How do you get through a mental block while running?

"Using mantras or telling yourself 'I can do this' - I would use that a lot. Positive affirmations. In those hard moments when the negative mindset things pop up, it's about reframing your mindset and taking it one mile at a time."

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Do you listen to podcasts or music to keep you going?

"On race day, it's always about me and the road. When it comes to training, I love listening to podcasts - I'm a sport's scientist so I love the science and background of nutrition and training, so I would listen to a lot of those or even something light hearted and funny."

"Music is always great towards the end of a long run because that's when you start to get tired so you need an extra bit of pep and rhythm to keep you going."

Any tips for more advanced runners who may be preparing for a marathon or long-distance run?

"The first thing is to look at your own lifestyle and see what you can achieve realistically, and see what you can commit to each week. The last thing you want is to try and train really hard when you have a really busy lifestyle."

"Look at your lifestyle and see what you can realistically do and enjoy. It all comes down to making sure you enjoy your training because if you're trying to fit it in with a hectic lifestyle, ultimately, you're not going to enjoy the lead up and realistically it will be a 12-week training block for a marathon."

"If you're taking on a marathon and taking it seriously, you could get in touch with a coach who can give you so many great tips."

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How do you take care of your body while you train?

"There's probably a 101 things that you could say but if I was to pick out they key things I would say making sure you get your sleep - especially if you're logging a lot of miles, you need seven to nine hours of sleep every night."

"Another key aspect that I would focus on is my strength and conditioning. I work with a separate coach for strength and conditioning, I've been working with her for coming up to two years now with a specific programme. That's really helped me to stay really strong and have a really resilient body so I can handle all the miles and make sure I'm not getting any niggles or injury."

Any tips for eating on race day?

"I got in touch with a sport's nutritionist before marathon training because I knew my mileage was going to go up significantly so my fuel intake had to go up to.

"A mistake that people might make on race day is trying something new or not practicing their race day fuelling. I think you need to trial things out in training and practice your race day nutrition."