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Essential kit for marathon training

The official Virgin Money London Marathon training range from New Balance

Official kit by New Balance

Check out the official Virgin Money London Marathon range of clothing and footwear from our partner New Balance – ideal for your training runs, or celebrating your marathon achievement with a stylish souvenir item to treasure for many years to come.

What to look for in your running kit

Wearing fabrics that have the ability to wick away sweat, to avoid discomfort caused by wet kit, is essential for long distances such as marathons. But there are other specific things you should look for in all aspects of your training gear:

  • Socks: Basic sports socks will absorb sweat, but may move about in your shoes, which can cause blisters. Investing in some running-specific socks that are anatomically (left and right specific) fitted should reduce the incidence of blistering.
  • Shorts and T-shirts: Non-technical garments tend to be heavy to start with and can get even more so with rain or sweat. This means wearing extra weight while you run and remaining wet, as such clothing doesn’t dry quickly. So look for wicking fabrics that not only effectively draw sweat away, but also feature extra ventilation at the key body zones (which differ from men to women).
  • Tights: Many women wear running tights, and men can too – Lycra tights support the major muscle groups and prevent the chafing that may come from wearing shorts.
  • Jackets: Fitted, wickable, quick-drying, lightweight fibres are the key things to look for in jackets to ensure they’re fit for your running needs. As you may be training a lot in the darker months, reflective materials are also a must. Our partner New Balance has several jackets in its range with pockets, removable sleeves and mp3 pockets, making them versatile pieces of kit.

 

Dressing for marathon day

It is important to wear clothes you’re comfortable in, and make sure you’ve already worn and washed them before the big day. 

As well as your own personal needs, the weather will play a key factor in your apparel choice. If you’re planning to be on your feet for some time, you will be exposed to the elements for a prolonged period, during which your body temperature could fluctuate. Here are some things to consider:

  • In mild weather look at including some lightweight cover-up pieces, like a long-sleeved T-shirt.
  • If it’s due to be very hot and sunny, consider wearing a T-shirt instead of a vest, as well as a cap, to avoid the risk of sunburn (especially if you expect to take five or six hours). Quicker runners (sub-hour hours) will prefer lighter, minimal kit as you will be running more intensely for a shorter period.
  • Unseasonably cold weather should make faster runners consider slightly warmer layers while slower participants should consider tights and lightweight jackets that can be zipped and unzipped en route – plus pockets are useful for carrying nutritional snacks.
  • A pair of lightweight gloves in mild or cold weather are invaluable for all runners, as chilly hands can be a very uncomfortable distraction and can affect your overall body temperature. If the conditions warm up they can be removed and stashed away easily.

It’s never been easier to stock up on official Virgin Money London Marathon running kit from New Balance. Start shopping now!