As much as I love the Paris Marathon (even if I didn’t break my PB last weekend), I have to say when it comes to kit wars, the adidas London Marathon gear wins hands down. Not only can you buy it online, the mix of technical fabrics, bright colours and altogether practical nature of the piece available this year mean you’ll want to wear it again and again.
You’ve probably seen from my photos over the past few weeks that in-between washes (one downside of being a runner is your washing machine is permanently going) I have been living in my glow orange fleece. In fact, my uniform for the Paris Marathon was the very blue vest and navy shorts you see in this picture. I can safely say that I did not suffer from chafing of any kind.
While Asics may have created some compression pieces (the leggings and blue top in the picture above), their actual memorabilia offering was pretty sparse and dare I say it a bit too pink for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, pink is a bright colour which is very visible – I live in a pink adidas jacket when riding my bike – but if I was to choose running gear, pink would not be my the first choice. I hate the association of colours with gender.
I have also searched far and wide to try and find the Paris Marathon kit online but fail at every hurdle. This is why you guys get my rather artistic interpretation of the tops and lycra shorts displayed at the Paris Running Expo at the weekend. Besides the pink and blue tops, compression wear and a rather fetching looking yellow/green rain jacket, there was really nothing else that caught my eye.
So if you’re heading to the London Marathon Expo over the next few days, make sure you pop by the official London Marathon store. It really is a stylish offering for anyone who wants to takeaway something special in memory of the big day. And remember, I may have run Paris and it still remains a firm favourite but in terms of gear, their stuff is not a patch on this year’s London Marathon effort.