I had often visited Decathlon stores when on holiday in France and had always been impressed by their range of sporting equipment. Their own brand clothing seems especially popular over there, so when Decathlon-UK offered MyOutdoors a collection of their latest trail running gear to test, I was more than happy to volunteer my services.
My partner introduced me to Anna Frost in 2014, when we watched Home on the big screens of Kendal Mountain Festival, treated to the raw emotion often neglected by film makers. A year on, he secretly signed me up to spend a day with Anna and like minded women at the beautiful Visitor Centre in Coed Y Brenin. I felt excited, curious and itching to get away from my desk and surround myself with passionate trail runners.
As the nights draw in and the temperatures start to drop, as runners we start to look forward to muddy trails and crisp morning runs. Here MyOutdoors Trail Running Team reviewer Giles Thurston checks out the range of options from the most well known and popular brand, Petzl.
A lightweight, technical, running shoe that arrived in the shops this Spring. With huge lugs the Terrex Boost are ideal for winter and the early Spring off-road mud baths.
Any kind of endurance sport demands a knowledge of nutrition to really help an athlete succeed.
The Arc'teryx Norvan is the archetypal fast and light product; 200g of waterproofing with the iconic Arc'teryx build quality and design. Using GoreTex C-Knit the Norvan keeps rain out while wicking internal moisture away from the body and does it with style. Soft and light it packs away easily into the smallest of spaces and it's simple lines belies the attention to detail but when needed it offers the trail runner or fast moving athlete protection from the elements.
I have long been aware of the Canadian brand Arc'teryx, and their excellent reputation for designing clothing for mountaineers and climbers.
“If you’re not moving, you’re dead” – according to leading distance athlete Adam Campbell, until a near fatal fall has him questioning his mantra.
On day three of the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, the cumulative effect of hard days of mountain running was very evident. The medical tent had been busy on Tuesday evening and there were more retirements overnight.