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John Evans, Cardigan
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.”