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All I want for Christmas is… cake!

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Runners really aren’t that difficult to buy for! Here are a few last-minute ideas if you’re stuck…

1. GPS a must for every runner. Look for deals on running watches and activity trackers and if you’re very kind you could buy us both or spend a little more for one that combines both. Garmin, Tom Tom and Nike all offer something a little bit different.
2. A good base layer to see us through the winter. We can always take layers off and they can be more comfy than always wearing a jacket.
3. A head torch because standard high vis gets boring. We feel epic running with our own personal headlights.
4. Compression gear tops, tights, socks. They are like a cuddle for our aching bits. We know they aren’t sexy but we love them. Check out SKINS, 2XU and Under Armour.
5. Good socks they don’t have to cost the earth, they just have to not rub our poor feet up the wrong way. Look at More Mile for smaller budgets and Hilly if you want to spoil us.
6. Decent earphones such as YurBuds can really make a difference. Nothing is worse than faffing about with earphones that fall out all the time. There even are a range of wireless earphones available now that go as high-tech as reading your heart rate as you run!
7. Trainers in fact no, money or vouchers for trainers that we can buy ourselves and get just right.
8. Race entry we will honestly love you forever for this. Just check we haven’t already entered and doesn’t clash with anything we are doing.
9. Anything we can eat especially cake. We are earning that in this weather.
10. TIME. Please let us escape for our runs during the Christmas holidays. Yes even on Christmas day if that’s what we want. The parkrun community has a range of timed 5k runs on Christmas morning! We promise we are in better moods- in fact no- we are better people if you let us.

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DS Media + Events is the brainchild of Steve Cram, who heads a team who have extensive experience in event organisation, delivery and marketing of major sporting events, as well as broadcasting and the media. Steve, former international athlete, World Record holder and Olympic medallist is also director of Extra Mile, which has acted as consultant to numerous major running events such as the Bristol Half Marathon, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and has organised the elite road races at the Middlesbrough 10K.