The Lake District weather can vary a huge amount, so you should be prepared for running in cold wet weather, even in the middle of summer.
So, what should you wear for your run? inov-8 can kit you out head to toe, check out our top recommendations below:
Grip is key. Running off road you encounter many different surfaces, gravel, water, mud, grass, and the occasional tarmac sections. Having a shoe that can cope with all of these terrains will make your run a lot more enjoyable.
If it's really wet and really muddy, there is no substitute for this shoe.
great off road grip, and offering more comfort than the Mudclaw.
The trail talon offers good grip on drier trails and more graded paths.
These shoes offer great all round grip, perfect for many of the Lakeland Trails events, they have good ground contact for gravel and hard packed trails, yet good lugs for great grip in muddy conditions.
As your shoe is the only part of you (hopefully) in contact with the ground, having the best grip available will really help you along the way, speeding up your time and maximising your enjoyment.
Protection from the elements can make the difference between a great day out and a cold damp shuffle. Keeping comfortable while running allows you to focus on what you are doing, rather than worrying about being wet/cold/hot etc.
A well fitting short sleeve, or long sleeve T-Shirt, and, depending on the conditions, either some well fitting tights or shorts to protect your legs.
It could be a little chilly on some of the event days, or blustery, so wearing a windproof jacket can really help take the edge off.
So it's going to be raining! Typical Lake District conditions… our range of waterproof jackets are perfect for running, offering a great fit, with freedom of movement to allow you to run in comfort in the worst of conditions.
Any socks can work, but wearing specific technical running socks can make a huge difference, less chance of a hot spot (which leads to a blister), and stays put even in really wet conditions. For the really cold days, the Merino sock will help keep you warm too.
If you need to carry some spares, to keep you warm, or snacks to keep you powered along a bumbag or for more stability a vest pack ensures you have all you need with you while out on the run route.
For the colder days, keeping your extremities warm can make all the difference to your enjoyment.