7 big budget Christmas gifts for runners

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1/ CEP Recovery pro tights

£119.99, CEP

The most effective compression tights we’ve ever tried. CEP’s sizes are based on exact leg measurements, so runners can be sure they’ll fit to a T. These tights feature medical-grade compression technology and are made with air-permeable fabric to prevent overheating. Ready, set, recover!


2/ Nike Shield shoes

£104.95-£114.95, Nike

All the classic Nikes favourites have had an update for winter: shoes including the Zoom Pegasus (pictured), Zoom Structure and the Free come in Shield versions complete with reflective elements for better visibility and a water-repellent finish for those ever-soggy British winters. Giving the gift of warm, dry feet? Can’t beat it.


3/ MyZone heart rate monitor

£129.99, MyZone

This heart rate monitor connects to big brand watches such as Garmins and TomToms, as well as iPhone and Android devices. Its built-in memory means it will save your data even if you’re away from your phone, plus the MyZone app allows you to connect with friends and enjoy a little healthy competition. We particularly like MyZone’s additional sports bras and shirts, to which you can attach the HRM pod to ensure an extra comfortable fit.


4/ GoPro HERO6

£499.99, Snow and Rock

The most picturesque runs deserve more than a smartphone snap, so if you want to go all out on photography the GoPro HERO6 is the ultimate choice. Its 12MP camera and 4K60 video will produce crystal clear shots, and it’s waterproof to 10 metres so rainy days pose no problems.


5/ Men’s Health 100kg weight set

£149.99, Argos

Experienced weightlifters and gym-goers will love this set – ideal for at-home strength training, it contains a 15kg barbell and weight plates totalling up to 85kg. Add weight to squats, lunges and deadlifts – make sure there’s a mirror nearby for form checks!


6/ Suunto Spartan Ultra GPS watch

£559, Suunto

The touchscreen Suunto is at the top end of the price range for GPS watches, but its functionality is remarkable: it’s water resistant to 100m, has a battery life up to 140 hours, support for over 80 sports (including running, obviously) and boasts a 30-day training summary with long term analysis of training load. For an extra £60, you can customise its design too.


7/ Manduka Pro yoga mat

£100, Manduka

Extra-long at 215cm, this dense top-end yoga mat is quite the investment – but its makers, European yoga brand Manduka, promise that it’s the only mat you’ll ever need to buy. On top of its lifetime guarantee, the mat is 100% latex free and boasts luxurious cushioning to keep you comfortable throughout years of yoga practise.