Great Ideas for Runners at Christmas
Stuck for what to buy the runner in your life? The obvious answer is a new pair of shoes, but that’s not really possible without a proper fitting by an expert, which would rather take the surprise element out of it on Christmas Day. Never fear; we’ve searched high and low for a great selection of ideas to help you, whether it’s for a novice parkrunner or a seasoned multi-injured ultra-maniac…
Brooks Running Gear
Get kitted out all in one go. Men’s Dash top, £50 / Men’s Spartan pant, £65 / Glycerin 14 shoes, £130 / Women’s Steady long-sleeve top, £40 / Women’s Streaker tight, £70 / Glycerin 14 shoes, £130. For more information, visit the website.
Garmin Forerunner 35 – £169.99
Great for standard tracking during a run, plus music control and even built-in training tools. Use as a fitness monitor when not running, with features such as step-counting. For more information, visit the website.
Alexandra Vest Top – £35
Building on the success of their tried and tested range of work-out gear for women, Zaazee has responded to requests for pattern with this eye-catching black and white range. Very flattering, racer-back design. We love it! For more information, visit the website.
A Year On The Run Hardback – £20
This is a really fun book that’s great for dipping into over a coffee when not out running! The author, Damian Hall, has compiled his favourite running stories from the world of sport – one for each day of the year. For more information, visit the website.
Adidas Yoga Mat – from £21.95
Any runner who knows what’s good for them knows they need to cross train, and yoga or Pilates is an excellent strength builder. This cool mat is the ultimate accessory to inspire some training at home. For more information, visit the website.
CEP Run Socks 2.0 – £39.99
These knee-length compression socks are designed to reduce vibration while increasing coordination when you run. They’re also great for putting on after exercising, for recovery. Available in a huge choice of colours. For more information, please visit the website.
Craft Base Layer – £36
This is a super-light base layer, which covers right up to your neck, down to your cuffs and low round your waste – no draughts getting in here! It’s gauze-thin too, so easily fits under another top for extra warmth. For more information, visit the website.
Run Lux Men’s Shorts – £35
It’s hard to fi nd the perfect pair of running shorts – some are too short, some too tight, some too loose. We think we’ve found something pretty near ideal with these though, they’re soft, perfect length and not too tight. For more information, please visit the website.
Classic Flipbelt – £25
Answering the problem of keys rattling in your pockets, or just too many bits and pieces to carry on a run, the Flipbelt fits snug and secure on your waist, holds all your belongings tightly inside, and won’t bounce about. For more information, please visit the website.
Rock ‘n’ Roller – £39.99
Foam rolling isn’t just for the injured, but it’s not for the faint-hearted either! Get down with this technical design and improve your blood flow, relax muscles and avoid injury. For more information, please visit the website.
Zoey Full-Length Leggings – £90
No irritating labels, flat-locked seams and high waistband make these flattering leggings a must have this winter. They’re made from anti-pilling fabric, too, so will look good all winter. For more information, please visit the website.
Fitbit Charge 2 – £129.99
There’s not much this doesn’t monitor, from heart-rate to steps to sleep. We like the guided breathing sessions for meditating. For more information, please visit the website.
Misfit Ray – £79.99
This activity tracker is waterproof up to 50m and looks gorgeous with any outfit! For more information, please visit the website.
TomTom Touch – £129.99
Measure body fat and muscle mass while keeping up with steps, calories and more. Smaller strap
available too. For more information, please visit the website.
Camelbak Dart – £54.99
Great for shorter ultra-races, this lightweight pack carries 1.5ltr of water and provides pockets for essentials such as energy gels and first aid kit. There’s an extra easy-access pocket on the harness for a phone as well. For more information, please visit the website.
Art Print – from £19.99
By artist Kate Molloy, these art prints from The Flying Runner are unique and eye-catching. They depict the overhead view of a race, with recognisable landmarks all along the course. There are several that can be personalised to celebrate a race that you or someone you know is proud to have completed. The best-seller is this quirky impressionistic map of the London Marathon, which can be personalised with your name and time.
Men’s Seamless Top – £40
A comfortable t-shirt is worth its weight in gold, with so many designs causing chaffing and itching halfway through a long run. The New Balance seamless t-shirt for men has been tried and tested by us and we can’t fault it – it’s not too tight, not too roomy and not a chaffe-mark in sight, even after a marathon. It has ICE technology, which is activated by sweat and can keep you cool, which is another nice feature. If you think this Bright Cherry Heather is a bit bold, don’t worry – there are three other colours available.
Citrus Zinger – £16.99
A great idea to add a bit of flavour back into your workout, this bottle comes with attachments to squeeze orange, lemon or lime into your water to give it a bit of a kick while keeping it healthy and hydrating. For more information, please visit the website.
Soothing Skin Gel – £14.99
If you suffer from changes in the weather, be it sunburn or windburn, or even if you just have sensitive skin, this gel soothes instantly and smells great too. It has a really smooth finish, almost like a balm, which is very nice as well. For more information, please visit the website.
Newbury Layer Tee – £22
Quite loose-fitting, this top might not be best for running in, but it’s great for cross-training classes like Pilates or even a spin class. It’s very flattering and slightly transparent, so wear with your best sports bra! For more information, please visit the website.
Camelbak Quick Grip Chill – £29.99
Keep your drink cold for the whole run, with this insulated holder. The stretch handle means your hand won’t warm up the contents and there is a pocket on the front so you can keep keys, money, etc, safe while you run. For more information, please visit the website.
Nebula Fire Headtorch – £85
Great for winter months, this neat headtorch provides 192 lumens of light and is sister to the popular Halo Fire, just a little less powerful but still good light. It includes five light modes and three brightness settings. Easy to keep topped up, as it’s recharged via USB.
Marathon Socks – £15.99
These men’s socks are designed with a supronation bandage to stabilise the foot and help you run more
efficiently. They have left/right foot beds and targeted cushioning for a better fit.
Sockshock Case – £15
A great website for mobile phone cases, Casehut caters for all models and offers great features such as the added key pocket on this design, as well as myriad colours to choose from – all very comfy to wear on a run.
Rocktape – £2.50
Used to both help and prevent injury, kinesiology tape doesn’t have to be boring! This W5cm design is called. Locals Only.
Medal Display – £34.99
A genius solution for all those medals when you run out of hooks, these wall-mounted displays are strong brushed steel, made in the UK. For runners with plenty of medals, a “triple tier” display will be just the job!
SIS Mixed Isotonic Gels 20 Pack – £28
It might seem a boring gift, but any long-distance runner would be delighted with a selection pack of energy gels – sometimes practical ideas are the best ideas.
Strength Training for Runners – £16.99
Get to grips with techniques and drills to help you stay strong as a runner and avoid injury. You may even find your running performance is increased. For more information, please visit the website.
JBL Reflect Mini BT – £79.95
These light-weight headphones have great sound without the hassle of plug-in sets. They are also reflective to keep you seen on darker mornings and evenings.
Asics Winter Beanie – £18
The snug fit of this beanie means it will keep you warm and won’t fly off in strong wind.
Inov-8 Race Elite Peak Cap – £15
A lightweight, water-resistant, breathable design that’s also available in black. For more information, please visit the website.
Buff Tad Military Visor – £21
Great to keep the sun out of your eyes, your ears protected from wind and your neck from getting burnt. For more information, please visit the website.
RUNNING Subscription – from £19.99
A great idea for the dedicated runner, choose a six month or year subscription to Running for tips, advice, events and kit reviews.