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John Evans, Cardi­gan

Trail Running (UK) - - Contents -

This month our panel ex­plains how to run on a bud­get, set re­al­is­tic goals, stay warm in win­ter, and much more

There tends to be huge vari­a­tions in the price range of run­ning kit. The tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment that goes into some gear means a much higher price tag but, if you can af­ford it, the ex­tra com­fort it pro­vides can of­ten be well worth the cost.

How­ever, GB in­ter­na­tional Rob­bie Brit­ton says: “In my first 100-miler I wore a bor­rowed pair of train­ers (mine had been stolen), foot­ball socks and shorts, a race T-shirt and a wind­proof from my work. My race pack was about £10 from TK Maxx.

“The beauty of trail ul­tra­run­ning is you don’t need a huge amount of money to do it. Any­one can rock up to a low-key event and give it their best shot. Ex­pen­sive kit isn’t a ne­ces­sity.

“De­cent kit can help, though. My train­ers and foot­ball socks in that first-100 miler gave me hor­ri­ble blis­ters. They were road shoes too, so I slipped around a lot. You may save money on kit, but it might not feel good value for the time you in­vest and the en­joy­ment you take from the sport.

“It’s help­ful to look at value for money rather than just cost. Good kit may be twice as ex­pen­sive but if it lasts twice as long then it’s worth­while. We work with Odlo and, while their kit isn’t the cheap­est out there, it’ll last a whole lot longer. It's the same with a lot of qual­ity run­ning brands.

“High price doesn’t al­ways mean qual­ity, ei­ther. Some brands ac­tu­ally play off their high prices and the prod­uct is no bet­ter than cheaper al­ter­na­tives. The com­mu­nity can be a good place to get ad­vice on this, and be wary of spon­sored ath­letes just plug­ging their sup­port­ers.”

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