The London Marathon falls on Sunday 22nd April, and thousands of runners from across the world will be pounding the capital’s streets in a bid to set new records, challenge themselves and raise millions of pounds for charity in the process. Tickets for participants have largely gone, although some charity places may still be left to individual organisations. Whether or not you have a place in this year’s race, though, the marathon is a great source of inspiration to tie up your shoelaces and to get outdoors to start running again!
Get prepared with our guide to the best running kit.
Fresh Foam Shoes from New Balance
The Fresh Foam 1080v8 Rome Edition uses a soft comfort foam engineered sole which has been refined over several releases and now represents the peak of New Balance running shoe technology. The shoe is fresh, snug and smooth and has an on-trend black, red and orange design.
Buy a pair for £130 at New Balance
Be Seen on the Roads
This speed run jacket for men has a reflective neon yellow design for maximum visibility and simple construction and sweat-wicking technology for a great cover-up. It will keep you cool and dry and ensure that you can train safely when daylight is in short supply.
It’s currently on sale for £56 at New Balance
A Great Sports Bra
Every woman needs a strong support sports bra when running, and this Nike Motion Adapt offers the latest technology for a comfortable high-performance result. It has compression technology, sweat-wicking fabric and a range of colours on offer and is on sale for £47.95 from Nike.
Shop now at Nike
The Right Running Socks
A good pair of running socks will make all the difference to your race experience and your ability to avoid blisters and chafing! These high-performance running socks from Reebok are engineered to offer great results with protection, breathability and cushioning. They cost £9.95 a pair and are suitable for men and women.
Buy them here from Reebok
Speed and Style from Under Armour
These colour-popping red speed trainers from Under Armour are light, balanced and designed to optimise the speed of your run with a light but stable construction and a foam mesh non-slip base. Enjoy ankle protection and excellent comfort when you pound the pavements or treadmill in these advanced trainers.
They cost £62.99 from Sports Direct
Get your running kit in place, stock up on a light meal two hours beforehand, stay hydrated as you run and enjoy the feeling of real fitness as you take your running training forward, with plenty of London Marathon inspiration to look forward to on the telly afterwards – when you’ve earned that rest!