Kit – Iffley Road beanie

Now that my head is becoming more, um, streamlined, I am more and more in need of nice hats either to keep me warm or to avoid sunburn. I was particularly keen to find a lightweight beanie that could potentially do both jobs, but wasn’t so warm and fleecy (like my other one) that it generally came off within the first mile of a run and had to be carried thereafter. The solution came in the form of an absolutely beautiful hat from Iffley Road, a lovely little classic running wear manufacturer named after the Oxford running track where Sir … Continue reading Kit – Iffley Road beanie

Marathon des Sables kit – Sleeping bag

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the most important bits of kit for the MDS is the sleeping bag. It’s important partly because it’s mandatory, partly because it’s so obviously vital for comfort and getting rest between the days of running, and partly because it could easily be the heaviest and bulkiest single bit of kit you carry. Go to an ordinary camping shop and even one of the better three-season sleeping bags is likely to weigh over 1.5kg. Even some described as ultra lite weigh 800-900g. That’s not so much for a hiker, but for a … Continue reading Marathon des Sables kit – Sleeping bag

Marathon des Sables kit – The compulsory items

I’m already starting to think about my kit for the MDS. It might seem a bit early but I know that one of the key things I’ll need to do to prepare for such an unfamiliar type of event is give myself plenty of time to train with every single bit of clothing, equipment and nutrition so that I can get used to it and iron out any problems with plenty of time to spare. With a self-supported race like this, weight is obviously a massive issue. The mandatory weight is at least 6.5kg and no more than 15kg, not … Continue reading Marathon des Sables kit – The compulsory items