Best kit for runners

Caroline Cassidy

Whether you are training for the marathon or just jogging to keep fit you will get more out of your run with the right gear. Here's a run-down of what you should be wearing.

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Remember it's important to find a shoe that fits well and is right for you. It's worth visiting a specialist running show store and asking for advice. It's an idea to have a few pairs as rotating shoes will make them last longer.

Before you buy you need to think about what surfaces you will encounter on your run. If you are going to be pounding the streets then you need to look for a trainer with a shallow tread typically for road running, you should look for a shoe with a shallow tread that wears well.

Those with higher arches tend to run on their toes which will mean they need a cushioned shoe; those with flatter feet need a motion control show with high levels of stability. If you have an average arch you will be better off with a stability shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 Road Running Shoe is perfect for this foot type or you could try the Newton Gravity, which helps you run with added cushioning.

If you are attempting a long run like the Great North Run then you should make sure you have decent socks. Keeping your feet cool and dry will be should be a priority.

Knee-high compression socks may not be the most flattering but they are thought to aid performance by reducing muscle oscillation and enhancing blood flow. Try the Thorlo Mini Crew lightweight running socks; they are made of Coolmax fabric which has the all important moisture wicking properties.

If you are worried about the colder months stay away from heavy clothes items. You are much better off with thin layers of fabric that are made to keep you sweat free. If you have several layers of light clothing you can adjust your temperature by removing items.

The Nike Dri-Fit UV Short Sleeve T-Shirt will help and is designed to which reduce rubbing. Items which help with those wetter days are the Gore X-running jacket and the Gore X-running vest.

Here are some other items that will prove useful as you train:

A heart rate monitor is a very useful training tool. These days many models incorporate GPS, so you can monitor your pace and distance, as well as your heart rate. This is one of the better ones.
Polar FT60 with G1 GPS.

Lightweight gloves will help keep your hands warm and dry. Hilly Clothing's gloves have rubber thumb and forefinger grips so you can still adjust your phone or MP3 player.

No female runner should set out without a comfortable and supportive sports bra. Choose one with adjustable straps. The Triumph Tri-Action Extreme Sports Bra is a good place to start.