Kit | Top 10 presents for Runners

'Tis the season to panic buy Christmas presents. Around this time of year, we all seem to desperately wander our high streets or panic scroll online looking for the 'perfect' gift our loved ones will know mean you value them.

Well if that loved one in your life is a runner, no need to aimlessly search anymore: I've put together a top 10 presents guide below to help you nail Christmas this year.

Like the Wind is a beautiful, long form journalism style magazine created by runners for runners. They release 4 issues a year so why not sign up your friend for a year of gifts and inspiration.

Photo: @escapingthecity

There is nothing better after a long run than a long soak and Soap Co's products aren't only beautiful, they are also ethically minded. Created in a factory in London with predominantly visually impared workers their products are stamped with who made the product. Bring on the bubbles.

It's not a joke in my household, literally everyone wants good socks for Christmas. And there is nothing better for the runner in your life than stance socks. They're premium, funky, technically fantastic and if you buy any testify, or underwear at the minute online they'll throw in a free stocking.

4. Race entry
Does your loved one repeatedly talk about that race they wish they could do? Incentivise them to train for it by buying them a race entry. 2 years ago my parents bought the Speedster (my husband) an entry to the Ironman distance triathlon Outlaw. Last year I bought him entry to the Reykjavik 10k on NYE and flights. Plus you'll get to eat more mince pies than them once they find out.

I believe ethically mined presents mean much more at this time of year so enter SueMe's ethical undies. Made from 95% beech tree pulp and manufactured to be CO2 neutral they are also crazy comfy and last the distance on long runs. Perfect present for a runner who doesn't want their gift to hurt the planet.

Nothing screams Christmas for me like being curled up in front of a fire with a good book. I particularly like a running book which inspires adventure and makes me pleased to be inside and Richard Askwith's book on his feeble attempts to run the Bob Graham round while charting the history of fell running is a running classic. Pass the chocolates.

With over 5 million people registered for parkrun, it's one of the most inclusive communities within running. Rather than rocking up with a slightly soggy printed barcode treat your Runner to a wristband with their unique barcode number on. If they don't have medical info you can add a little message too: be that loving, encouraging or banterous.

Continuing the ethical thread, I am in love with the new Adidas parley kit, made from plastic fished out of our oceans. The track suits are dreamy: stylish, comfortable, high performance and planet-minded. It's a great option for a premium present.

Photo: @dhamshere

You may think they look and taste like delicious sweets but I promise they are a Columbian sports nutrition product. Perfect sweet treat that does actually fuel your run, not just your box set marathons.

If the Runner in your life is particularly picky why not treat them to a Decathlon giftcard? Huge selection of stores across the country featuring virtually every sport you can think of and all levels of kit to fit any budget.


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