You don't need a lot of expensive equipment to get started in running. However there are certain specialist products that can make your running more comfortable and enjoyable. It's good to have already used this gear in training and before you step out on the big day of the event.
We've put together a few simple guides to help you select the best footwear, clothing and running equipment.
It is important that you have suitable footwear for running. Most sports manufacturers have a range of specialist running footwear to suit different running styles.
Why not visit your local specialist running retailer who should be able to analyse your running style and recommend the most suitable footwear for you. They should also be able to offer advice on many other aspects of your running such as local running routes, groups that meet regularly for runs, and much more.
The right clothing can make your running a more comfortable experience. Sports manufacturers have developed specialist fabrics that provide "moisture management" - drawing moisture (sweat) away from the skin - to keep you relatively dry during your runs.
Shorts and a t-shirt will suffice in most weather conditions. Although when it is colder think about layering - perhaps a long sleeved t-shirt and a wind- or rain-proof jacket. Full length running tights are also an option.
Your local specialist running retailer will have a range of products and will be able to offer advice and answers to any questions you may have.