A whole load of goodies are waiting for you once you cross the finish line of the London Marathon. There’s the medal, of course, plus a T-shirt and a range of food, drink and other items to help you recover from your exertions.
It’s all good stuff and the medal in particular will be a source of pride for years to come (and get you a smörgåsbord of sweet perks the next day), but if you want something to celebrate your race that you’ll actually use in everyday life, then check out the New Balance London Marathon range (opens in new tab).
There are special-edition running shoes and gear emblazoned with the marathon’s logo, along with some casual gear you can slip into when not running. The range is also a great place to find gifts for anyone who’s running the race.
Here are a few of our favourite products in the range.
Fresh Foam 1080v10 London Collection
This comfortable workhorse of a running shoe is perfect for the long miles of training marathoners have to put in and it’s a solid pick for race day itself, if not as fast as some of the racier shoes in New Balance’s line-up. The London Marathon edition of the 1080v10 has special logos dotted around the shoe to mark the occasion.
London Edition Jacket
While we have found past editions of this windproof jacket a little too warm to run hard in for long, it’s a great option for warm-ups and easy days, or just romping around town letting everyone you pass know that you’re a London Marathon runner.
London Edition Printed Impact Run Short Sleeve
The technical T-shirt in the range is an absolute beauty, with the red and black design sure to help you feel raring to go on the start line. The tee wicks sweat away and the NB ICEx tech in the fabric is designed to keep you cool, which could be handy on race day if conditions are anything like the heatwave that scorched runners in 2018.
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London Edition Run LDN Graphic Tee
Finishers of the London Marathon are given a free technical T-shirt, which is handy to use when training for future events but not great for day-to-day wear, so treat them to this cotton tee to wear when not running.
Buy from New Balance (opens in new tab) | £20
Fresh Foam Tempo London Collection
If you’re dead set on a London Marathon edition shoe but want something racier than the 1080v10, check out the Tempo. It’s a better option for fast running than the 1080v10, being lighter and more responsive, so if you’re shooting for a PB on race day it’s the best option you’ll find in New Balance’s London Marathon range.
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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