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How to Prevent Treadmill Dread

Like traffic wardens and taxes, treadmill training is just one of those necessary evils we all have to put up with at some point in our lives. While pounding away on the mill like a giant hamster can be boring and uninspiring, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five top tips to make treadmill …

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Cold Weather Running

With the lower quality rags warning of a Siberian Winter, as they invariably do every winter, year in and year out, you’ll need to get properly kitted out for some winter running. Not because of their usually incorrect forecasting, but due to the solid science that the months of January and February are usually quite …

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SIS GO Isotonic Energy Gel Review

SiS GO Isotonic Gel is designed to be taken without water, to provide an energy boost during any intensive activity. They’re available in three flavours; Orange, Tropical and Blackcurrant.. The Orange variety tastes just like orange jelly, which for me is good, but it isn’t an overpowering taste. While many other gels I’ve tried are …

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Maxifuel Viper Active Sport Gel

The Maxifuel ViperActive energy gel is designed to keep you energised on those long runs or cycles. It’s available in only two flavours, Lemon and Lime and Mixed Berry. The mixed berry flavour doesn’t taste as expected! It has a tart, youghurty flavour which unpleasant at first, only as it was unexpected. The tartness is rather refreshing, …

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Lucozade Sport Running Gel Review

We’ve all in probability tried something made by Lucozade over the years. Probably one of those glass bottles with orange cellophane that seemed to be a permanent fixture next to any sickbed in the country. These days, the brand association is more with fitness than the convalescing. The Lucozade Body Fuel is similar in flavour to their …

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PowerBar Sports Gel Review

The PowerBar Sports Gel provides energy for those longer runs or cycles, and is available in five flavours; Blackcurrant, Apple, Lemon Lime, Tropical Fruit and Vanilla I tried the Lemon and Lime flavour, and it really was a shock to the palate! It was extremely citrusy, as expected, but after the initial shock I realised …

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Gu Energy Gel Review

Gu are better known for their puddings than sports nutrition (at least to me they are), and what I do know is that their puddings are some of the best pre-packaged sweets known to man. With such a tasty pedigree, I had high expectations as well as plentiful drool even before trying them out. Apparently, …

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Montane Batpack 6 Waistpack Review

Having recently reviewed and raved about the new Montane backpacks, we tried out the baby of the family; the Batpack 6 waist pack. The Batpack is well built and constructed from tough Raptor fabric. You wouldn’t need to worry about this getting some knocks and bumps along the way. There’s a useful   secure pocket for keys …

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Montane Featherlite Pants Review

How light can a pair of trews get? Not much lighter than the Montante Featherlite pants that’s for sure. Suitable for those fast and light summer trips, running in less favourable conditions or as an emergency layer in your waist pack on a trail or fell run. As new, the Durable Water Repellancy treatment means that water …

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5 Things New Year Resolutions

Why not get yourself motivated in the new year with some of these ideas 1 Run a race you’ve never done before. The Snowdonia Marathon entries for 2012 open today so why not take up the challenge? Or if you’ve never run, why not challenge yourself to do a 5 or 10k this year? 3.5 …

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Black Diamond Ion Torch Review

The Black Diamond Ion head-torch has to be one of the tiniest and lightest headtorches on the market Used on our recent superlightweight challenge, this has found its way into our emergency bag as a spare torch, many a wild camp and into small short pockets for those twilight runs you hope you can complete before it …

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