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Five GREAT Christmas Gift Ideas from your friends at Alton Sports!

We know it can be hard to buy Christmas presents for the runner / runners in your life! As runners we’re very kit-centric and we want to wear the very best, so we can feel super good when we’re punishing our bodies in all kinds of weather. To help you, we’ve put together this handy little list of gift ideas for the runners you know! Whether it’s a main present or a cheeky stocking filler, we’ve got you covered.

1) UGLY SWEATER BROOKS RUNNING SHOES

Go BIG or go home this Christmas. We’re the only stockist in the country to have these festive crackers in store and online. Imagine your loved one’s face when they’ve got the perfect pair of trainers for Christmas Day parkrun for the next 20 years! We adore these and we’ll be doing all our festive training in them. They’re essentially the awesome Levitate 2 shoe with a festive overhaul, so you can use them all year round! Get them here before they sell out!

2) GIFT VOUCHERS

Who says gift vouchers are boring?! You don’t want to get it wrong on the big day! We’ve options for you, so your giftee (new word) can either redeem them online or in store! Check them out here. To add that personal touch, you can always join them when they come in to spend! 

3) NIGHTTIME BUNDLE

WOAH this is one hell of a deal. It was £120 and it’s now £49. We are more than happy to redeem this in store or online. This is ideal for one runner or several runners’ gifts! For only £49, you will pick up a dry bag, 2 Simi bike lights, a head torch and a running belt! All top quality stuff.

4) SOCKS

We all know you can’t have Christmas without receiving one pair of socks! We love running socks, the perfect accompaniment to new shoes. And we love Stance Socks. They look good, they’re great for running in and they make a great gift.

5) WINTER CLOTHING

Yep, it’s pretty crappy outside for the next few months. Winter running gear is awesome for any runner who is braving the cold, wind and rain. Maybe even the bloody snow?! From everything to high end waterproofs to reflective Ciele hats, we’ve got your runner covered. Literally. 

You can take a look at our full range of festive ideas right here.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share this post on the internet for us! Merry nearly Christmas!

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Hoka One One & Skins – Fly At Night Tour

As runners, we all have to get some of our running in at night. At this time of the year it can be hard to motivate yourself to go out and run, especially when it’s peeing down with rain, you’re getting blown over by a gale and your fingers feel like frozen stalagmites.

The Fly At Night Tour (it sounds like a great name for a rock n’ roll band tour), comprises of four dates across our stores and has the legendary Hoka One One bringing along their lovely new Mach & Cavu Fly At Night Shoes for people to run in. Our friends at SKINS are also bringing along the best in compression tights for keen runners to try on. Not to forget that the brands are giving away shoes & tights on the night to lucky winners… we know how to run an event here!

The Hoka Fly At Night range is designed for those who run before dawn and after dusk and offers the lightest cushion with no limits – both shoes have reflective logos and offering an alternative colour-way to the normal bright brigade that Hoka is known for. The shoes are ideal for the session we did with Alton Runners (6 x 800m intervals) and are were also perfect for running around Eastleigh at night.

Martin from SKINS also very kindly talked to everyone about compression – how it works, why you need it and about everything that SKINS can do to aid your running. Ears were particularly pricked when he mentioned that they can help you run faster over time! If you’re looking for compression and especially a really quality product, then Skins are a must to try on.

Thanks very much to everyone who came along to our events at Eastleigh and Alton. We have two more dates left – the 545 Run Club at Gosport on Dec 5th and running out of Farnham Store on Dec 6th. Our advice is to come and try on some lovely lightweight shoes and the best in compression! It’s all free, you get to run, and you can ask the experts anything you want. What more could you want?

SIGN UP for the last two dates here.

Shop Hoka One One and SKINS on our site.