What to buy a fell runner for Christmas…

Still looking for Christmas gifts for the fell runner in your life? Running around high street shops and browsing amazon in every spare minute but still coming up empty handed? We’ve compiled a little list of things we think any fell runner would want for Christmas. And we promise they won’t end up on the charity shop pile on boxing day!

Subscription to OSMapsOnline – This isn’t a replacement for a map and compass when out in the hills (although you can download routes to your phone) rather it’s a brilliant route planning tool. Sign in and get access to all OS Maps at all scales. You can then plot a route (walking, running or cycling) and it will calculate distance and total ascent. In National Parks it will automatically snap to paths. Save the route to refer to later or download it (and the OS map) onto a phone. Great for areas you don’t visit frequently and don’t want to buy a paper map that you’ll use once.

£25.99 for 12 months or £3.99 for 1 month. Link here

Running Gaiters – If the fell runner in your life likes to carry on running across bogs and hills when there’s snow on the ground or when it’s really muddy these will be a god send. They stop snow and wet mud getting in to your shoes and we’ve found they also help keep your feet warmer when running through snow for many hours. Also good at preventing bits of heather/tiny twigs getting your shoes but we find them a bit warm for summer use.

Variety of brands but we use Inov-8’s All Terrain gaiters. Around £20

FeedZone Portables Book – As you start to run longer distances you need to take food with you to eat on the go. Cereal bars get boring (but if you have to eat them then check out our Cereal Bar league to find out favourites) and gels are expensive (and don’t work for everyone). We prefer to take real food and this book is jam packed full of recipe ideas for homemade snacks as well as a good explanation of what nutrition you body needs when on the move.

Around £14

Running/race belt – These are great for when you are just going out for a few miles and don’t want to take too much kit, but want an easy way to take your phone, maybe some gloves or a small amount of water (flip belt for example make a specific water bottle for theirs, and I have used a regular bottle with the Salomon belt). They are generally made of super-stretchy material so it is also possible to stash a lightweight jacket. There are a variety of brands that make these, we have tested both the flipbelt and the Salomon pulse belt, both great!

Around £20-30 depending on model

Bobble Hat – When running over winter it’s sometimes hard to warm up afterwards. I love putting on a colourful, cosy bobble hat at the end of a run and sometimes run in it too! Could be combined with a thermos flask, hot chocolate sachets and some cosy socks to make a great post-run care package!

£Various

Socks! (Running socks, of course!) – Fell running is tough on socks. Bogs and grit take their toll and the fact that I’d rather be out running than at home doing the laundry means I never have enough clean and hole-free socks! Personally I’m not fussy about the brand (and wear a lot of Decathlon socks) as long as they are running specific (so they don’t have stitching that will rub and wick sweat/moisture away) but if you’re after a nice present Stance do some snazzy ones that are sure to brighten even the grey-est of Winter evenings!

£Various. Stance socks approx £16.

Gortex Overmitts -Packable and lightweight these are essential for cold, wet and especially windy running. These are perfect paired with a warmer glove underneath.

From around £40

Sports Massage Gift Certificate – Aches, pains and general stiffness is prevalent when you’re a runner, especially if you’re training hard for an event. A sports massage is something most runners would benefit from but rarely indulge in, so go one and treat them to one.

From around £30

If you need any more ideas also check out this video from Wild Ginger Films.

Merry Christmas from us all, happy running!

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