This will morph as I remember things I like. 😉
Some running gear links:
Inov-8 are my shoes of choice: http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Index.asp?L=26. While I’m not exactly a bare-foot runner, I’m on my way there. I’m working towards a mid-foot strike, and these are definitely helping. I’ve never had a problem with their fit and quality. I also like the fact that they’re a British brand.
I’ve recently switched to Hoka One One for the added cushioning for my longer runs. The Challenger ATR3s have done me well so far, as the speed-goats were just too narrow for my feet. However, latest pairs had a short lifespan – less than 300 miles, so I’ve had to review. In addition, the latest version (2018 spring) seemed to have lost a lot of their spring, and felt a lot more like Salomon shoes: not quite so cushioned, and a lot stiffer.
For road shoes, I’ve been recently wearing Zoot shoes since 2015. They don’t last that long (although having said that I’ve been wearing a pair for just over a year, the outer mesh split after about 300 miles, but I’ve continued wearing them for another 350 miles without a problem), but they are comfy!
I’ve recently started trying out Altra running shoes. Zero drop, but with cushioning, and a big toe box to let your toes splay out as they should. I’ve recently run a marathon in them, and had no problems at all. The cushioning I thought at first wasn’t enough, but having done the marathon I think they’re fine. Probably my favourite shoes in my armoury. They don’t feel as cushioned as the Zoots, but the Zoots have a more of a pronounced arch on the instep, which, quite frankly, my feet don’t!
I’ve also just bought some Altra Lone Peak 3.5s for trail running, and so far are feeling wonderful.
I have a hotchpotch of clothing which I’ve bought over the years. I still wear a shirt and shorts first bought when I started running seriously a dozen years ago! Although a couple of pairs of socks have gone by the way-side, I still like to wear Thorlos. https://www.thorlo.com I rarely get blisters wearing these.
Sorry, but I’m a label tart in this respect – you cannot, repeat CANNOT beat http://www.campagnolo.com/WW/en/ for wheels and chain sets. I may explain why in a blog at some point in the future.
Frames – for my money http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk produce some very good competitive frames.
Having dipped my toe into Ultra races, I’ve been looking at nutrition and race fuelling. Whilst I’m normally a ‘proper food’ person (you can’t beat a good banana or a bun on a run), I’ve been using Tailwind nutritional products for some races. They’ve worked well for me.
I’m also a big fan of Nakd bars, which are really simple in their ingredients.
The following race organisers are worth a mention:
http://www.centurionrunning.com – Ultras
http://sussextrailevents.com – Mad Marathons and Ultras. Low-key, and friendly clientele.
https://www.phoenixrunning.co.uk/events – Marathons and other things. Lots to look into.
http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk is another event worth doing.