Drinking is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to help your performance and endurance on long runs and speedwork, and yet far too many of us ignore it.

But which drinks to use, and when? There are RW reviews and reader reviews below, but here are our rules of thumb:

  • 60-90 minutes (less in hot weather): water
  • Over 90 minutes (less in hot weather or at fast pace): energy drink
  • After hard sessions, especially when a day's training will follow: recovery drink

Energy drinks can also be great before a morning run if you don't have time to eat and digest breakfast – they're easier to digest than solids.

Here's a quick guide to the different types of sports drink.


There are 14 products
Name | Year Price Our Score Your Score
For Goodness Shakes Nectar Sport Fuel Concentrate
For Goodness Shakes Nectar Sport Fuel Concentrate
Year: 2011 
£25

 Nuun Hydration
Nuun Hydration
Year: 2010 
£5.40

Lucozade Sport Body Fuel
Lucozade Sport Body Fuel
Year: 2006 
£12.80

42 reviews
Science in Sport Go
Science in Sport Go
Year: 2006 
£13.12

25 reviews
Science in Sport PSP22
Science in Sport PSP22
Year: 2006 
£12.08

23 reviews
Maximuscle Viper Active
Maximuscle Viper Active
Year: 2006 
£16.49

23 reviews
High5 Energy Source
High5 Energy Source
Year: 2006 
£11.73

5 reviews
High5 EnergySource 4:1
High5 EnergySource 4:1
Year: 2006 
£14.55

3 reviews
Leppin Energy Boost
Leppin Energy Boost
Year: 2006 
£10.99

2 reviews
Maxim Energy Drink
Maxim Energy Drink
Year: 2006 
£11.57

2 reviews
High5 Isotonic Drink Powder
High5 Isotonic Drink Powder
Year: 2006 
£12.07

PowerBar Performance Sports Drink
PowerBar Performance Sports Drink
Year: 2006 
£11.67

Leppin Carbo Lode
Leppin Carbo Lode
Year: 2006 
£13.98

High5 Xtreme
High5 Xtreme
Year: 2006 
£14.27

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