If you’re looking for some Christmas, Birthday or general gift inspiration for the runner in your life, then look no further. I’ve rounded up some ideas of presents that will definitely be appreciated by ultra and trail runners.
Disclaimer: These are all ideas that I have come up with and I’ve not been paid by any brands to promote these. If you use the links in this blog I will receive a very small commission on any purchases.
Kilian Jornet – Summits of My Life
This book documents the endurance runner and mountaineer’s project to set FKTs (Fastest Known Times) on some of the world’s most iconic and important mountains, including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Everest.
OS Maps – 12 month Premium Subscription
Plot and find trails and routes wherever you are in the UK. With the OS Maps Premium Subscription you can download your routes to your phone, import and export GPX routes and view a larger variety of map types. This has saved me so much time and I always use OS Maps for planning my routes. It comes in a stylish matte black gift box, each subscription code is accompanied by a Getting Started guide, featuring tips on how to make the most of the OS Maps experience, and to help the user get outside in a way that suits their ability and ambition.
Emelie Forsberg – Sky Runner: Finding Strength, Happiness and Balance in your Running
Emelie Forsberg shares her passion for running through stories, recipes, techniques and training exercises to help you to get the most out of your body. With experiences from her life and career dotted throughout each chapter in the book. The stunning photos are captured by Kilian Jornet.
Salomon Soft Cup 150ml/5oz
Be environmentally friendly with a Salomon Soft Cup. With many races now opting against plastic cups and bottles, these soft cups are brilliant for carrying with you. They scrunch down so that you can carry them in a waist belt or pack and they’re easy to produce at checkpoints to ensure that you’re fully fuelled.
There is No Map in Hell: The Record-Breaking Run Across the Lake District Fells – Steve Birkinshaw
There Is No Map in Hell documents Steve Birkinshaw’s record breaking attempt to run every Wainwright summit, 214 of them, in 2014. With a foreword by Joss Naylor, There is no Map in Hell recounts Birkinshaw’s preparation, training and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body, and the physiological aftermath of such a feat. His deep love of the fells, phenomenal strength and tenacity are awe inspiring, and testimony to athletes and onlookers alike that ‘in order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd’.
Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor (Bluetooth/ANT+)
The Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor is the perfect companion for any runner looking to dial into their training by using Hear Rate data. Due to being Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible it connects to smartphones, tablets, GPS watches and bike computers by Wahoo, Polar, Garmin, Apple and more. It also works with 50+ Smartphone Apps including Wahoo Fitness, Zwift, Runtastic, Runkeeper, UA Record, Endomondo, Peloton, Map My Run, Komoot and Nike Run Club.
Kenu Stance USB-C Compact Tripod for Smartphone – Silver/Black
This handy keyring-size tripod is perfect for when you’re out on the trails or exploring and want to get a steady photo with your phone. It clips into the charging port and folds out.
Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession
Richard Askwith explores the world of fell-running in the only legitimate way: by donning his Ron Hill vest and studded shoes to spend a season running as many of the great fell races as he can, from Borrowdale to Ben Nevis: an arduous schedule that tests the very limits of one’ s stamina and courage. Over the months he also meets the greats of fell-running – like the remarkable Joss Naylor, who to celebrate his fiftieth birthday ran all 214 major Lakeland fells in a single week; Billy Bland, the combative Borrowdale man whose astounding records still stand for many of the top races; and Bill Teasdale, a hero of the sport’ s earlier, professional days, whom he tracks down to his tiny cottage in the northern Lakes. And ultimately Askwith’ s obsession drives him to attempt the ultimate challenge: the Bob Graham Round – a non-stop circuit of 42 of the Lake District’ s highest peaks to be completed within 24 hours.
Lifesystems Light & Dry Nano First Aid Kit
This compact first aid kit has been designed for outdoors and adventures. A must-have part of every ultra runner’s kit and this is the recommended kit of the Original Mountain Marathon.
Runner: A short story about a long run
The inspirational story of Lizzy Hawker’s rise from everyday runner to a world record breaking mountain athlete. Discover Lizzy’s journey, uncovering the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance.
Silva Ranger Compass
An essential piece of kit for any runner heading out on adventures that require navigation. This is a classic ruler compass with griffigen DryFlex dose and integrated magnifying glass.
Marathon & Training Nutrition Bundles
Science in Sport offer a range of nutrition for runners including their GO gels, electrolytes, recovery drinks and GO bars. Use the promo code TOMW15 for 15% across their website.
This GPS watch was built for ultra runners, with up to 120 hours battery life, wrist heart rate monitor, a range of activity modes, in-built navigation and all of the fitness stats that you need.
Silva Trail Runner 4 Head Torch
The Silva Trail Runner 4 head torch is suitable for dark winter nights and overnight ultras. With 350 lumen output, this battery powered head torch has an intelligent mode, detecting whether to use a close flood night or long reach spotlight.
Trail Running Magazine Subscription
A subscription to Trail Running Magazine will bring you year-round content from around the world covering everything trail running – what’s not to like!
Slapsee Trail Running Sunglasses
These sunglasses are designed to fold and clip onto your trail running when you’re not wearing them. Perfect for carrying them around and not worrying about scratching them.