Did I mention that I am running Race to the Stones as part of a team, and that The North Face have very kindly sent all of us some kit? It’s been sitting, looking at me, begging to go out for a run, but to date, I haven’t really had the chance to really put it through its paces.
I’ve already run in the capris (comfortable, flattering, but with the smallest zip pocket known to humankind, so not very practical for every day runs), but today was the perfect chance to put the rest of the kit to the test. First impressions? I like it. Quite a bit.
There’s a short-sleeved top which is comfortable, didn’t chafe one little bit and is going straight to the top of my kit-list. And matching shorts, which were great, once I’d got over the fact that they are very, very short and that there would be a good four inches of flesh exposed which hasn’t seen the light of day for years.
There are shoes, which are excellent, though possibly not quite the right choice for a surface as hard as sun-baked-Ridgeway. They were still going strong after 20 miles, but may prove just a touch too firm for 100km. I may need to have a word with the rain gods and book the odd deluge for the days leading up to Race to the Stones.
There is a race vest, which is as adjustable as an adjustable thing in adjustable land on adjustable day. It took a while to work out exactly where I wanted the straps and quite how much to tighten them, but I got there in the end. The final configuration didn’t bounce, didn’t rub and did hold everything I needed with room to spare. Though I will need to upgrade my random water bottles to non-sloshy ones, because after 20 miles the constant swishing was becoming a touch wearing.
And lastly there is a visor. Perfect for keeping the sun and suncream-laced sweat out of your eyes. At least, I assume it is. I accidentally left it in the boot of the car at the top of a very steep hill, and only realised when I was at the bottom.