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I’ve just teamed up with Olight & will be bringing some reviews of the range of lights they have on offer. The first lights I’ll be testing are the Olight M1X Striker & hopefully both versions of the Olight H2R Nova Head torch which they do in both neutral & white versions.

Olight have a excellent reputation & the quality of their lights are second to none. They also come with a great 5 year warranty. It should be interesting to see how they stand up on The Spine Race.

Olight H2R Nova Rechargeable Versatile LED Head Torch

Olight M2R Nova

About Olight

We have one simple goal: to put an Olight in as many people’s hands as possible.

Why? Because we believe no one should be left in the dark — period. We believe in providing quality illumination products to everyone. We care about every little detail from brightness to runtime to ergonomics, size and weight — and more importantly, how we can improve your lives with light. We want to push our products to the limit so that we can give you the best lights in the smallest package possible for the best price, so you have the right tools to conquer the night.

We are a global technology driven lighting company filled with dedicated people who want to provide the best for our customers. We are Outdoors-men, Sportsmen, Veterans, and DIY go-getters — we are you. We use our own products everyday to make sure we practice what we preach; it keeps us honest. We want to give you quality design and functionality that really works when you need it to. We are just a group of people looking to change the world one light at a time. And we want you to be a part of it.




Buff are THE item of gear I always use on my runs. They are the ultimate in versatile multifunction clothing. If you only take one extra item of kit make sure it’s a Buff!

About Buff

Established in 2002, House of Buff® was formed to supply the ever greater demand for the original multi-functional item of performance headgear called Buff® .  We are a focused team dedicated to spreading the word about Buff and providing the highest level of customer service to our customers.

Since the company’s formation we have concentrated solely on selling Buff and have seen sales of multi-functional headwear grow year on year: Buff® products are uniquely versatile and functional and there’s nothing else like them on the market!

Through Buff®’s commercial licensing agreement with CBS’s Survivor show (Buff® is currently worn by all the contestants)  America’s awareness of the Buff® concept has increased dramatically. And, while multi-functional head-wear is still a relatively new idea, the value of Buff® products to outdoor enthusiasts is spreading by word-of-mouth through grass-roots communities of skiers, hikers bikers sailors, surfers, climbers and all sorts of other people of all ages, all across the nation!

Why do I use Brooks?

I’ve been running in Brooks Adrenaline™ GTS both 9 & 10 editions for a while now and the main reason I chose them is the support they offer for ultra running. I used Asics when I started to run ultra distance & developed a stress fracture in my left leg. Since using Brooks Adrenaline™ I’ve has no problems at all. Don’t expect a very cushioned ride with the Adrenaline™, they do feel quite hard but I think it’s this hard ride which stops the roll in better than other brands. I also like the fit with Brooks, they seem to fit snug straight from the box & need very little wearing in. If the course is muddy or off-road then I’d go for the Adrenaline™ ASR which is very simialr to the Adrenaline™ but with a more aggressive sole. This is of course a personal view & every runner needs to try different shoes to find the one which suits them best.

About the Brooks brand

Brooks Sports offers high performance running shoes, apparel and accessories that meet the needs of runners of all levels. Our mission is to inspire people to run and be active. Brooks is recognized as the product of choice among runners of all levels. The company is dedicated to inspiring people to run and be active and creates innovative equipment that keeps them running longer, farther and faster. The company is known for engineering footwear that provides the best possible fit for runners. Sports medical professionals, industry magazines, top runners and retailers worldwide praise Brooks for offering a full line of performance footwear that caters to the needs of every running profile.

Why do I use Hilly Clothing?

I used to run marathons & had bad feet days & thought it came with the territory. When I started ultra running I soon realised that these bad feet days meant not being able to carry on & finish the race. I was told by a friend that Hilly socks were very good & having tried all the others thought why not give them a try. I bought a pair of MonoSkin supreme socks & tried them for the first time on a training run of 30 miles. They were impressive, no blisters and very comfy too! A lot of the socks on the market have quite a bit of raised stitching on the outside which rubs on your feet creating hot spots which lead to blistering. Someone who runs as much as Ron Hill has over the decades of racing & training obviously picks up a thing or two! He wears the stuff himself & probably knows more about running than most & it shows in the clothing. You can tell the stuff which is designed by runners and the clothes which aren’t.

I bought another pair to use on the Ridgeway Ultra this time in black as my sock drawer used to be full of white socks that had turned grey after being used on trail runs. By the end of the race my feet felt sore because we ran part of the course on flint stones which can tear your feet to bits. When I finished I had no blisters, I was surprised to say the least! A none stop race of 85 miles running for 20 hours & no blisters. From then on Hilly are the only socks I wear, if something works why bother changing it? Another great thing about Hilly is the price, much cheaper than comparable technical socks.

About Hilly Clothing Ltd

The Company was formed in 1992, by Dr. Ron Hill, MBE*, the former European and Commonwealth marathon champion. At the time he saw an opportunity to develop a range of technical performance running socks.

With a PhD, in Textile Chemistry, he was able to combine his technical expertise and running background to produce a core range to cater for the needs of the runner.

The range was split into two categories namely: Mono Skin and Twin Skin (both registered trademarks). The Mono Skin (single layer) range included the Marathon Fresh, Off Road and Super Racer Plus (now renamed Lite) and the Twin Skin (double layer), Moisture Management. All four socks have been improved over recent years.

Ron, accompanied by his sons, Steven and Graham and Stockport Harrier, Dean Loxam, developed the business and the range was sold to the specialist running stores by a team of external sales agents (many of whom remain with the company today).

Major developments have included the launch of a complete range of socks, in particular the Mono Skin Supreme – ‘Probably the most technical sock in the world’ and the new Twin Skin range – ‘Probably the best double-layer socks in the world’ In addition, the company now offers a comprehensive range of accessories, including: reflectives, hats, gloves, water carriers, neoprene products and lots, lots, more!

The company has continued to grow and is now one of the UK’s leading brands of technical running socks and accessories.

About Bolton Physio Clinic

You’ll see we have a hand’s on approach which quickly gets to the root of your injury. We’ll assess your injury and put a recovery plan that’s designed to get you well as quickly and safely as possible

Having been the official sports physio to several teams including, the Pakistani Cricket team led by Imran Khan, Swinton and Leigh Rugby Football Club amongst others; you’d be right to expect us to have the knowledge and experience to treat just about any sports injury there is

There are times when we can’t help, but these are rare, if this is the case we’ll quickly guide you to the right place

We are recognised by ALL major insurance companies, which means your treatment is arranged fuss free. You get the treatment when you really need it

We’re easy to find and parking is good; just 2 miles from the Centre of Bolton … head out of Bolton towards Blackburn, onto the Blackburn Road (A666), you’ll see us on the right hand side, just a few hundred yards past ASDA superstore

To book an appointment or make an enquiry it’s easy, just give us a call on 01204 596086 or 07515 420645or e-mail us at amjad@boltonphysio.com


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Fast proteins to deliver a big shot of nutrition when your body needs it in a triple fast protein blend

  • whey isolate
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About Soreen

We’ve been baking fantastic fruity malt bread for 50 years!

The uniquely soft & sticky recipe was created by a family whose surname was Sorenson – hence the brand name Soreen! Soreen became famous for their original fruity malt loaf and since then the company and the brand just keeps on growing!

Just snack and GO!

Soreen GO is a delicious fruity cereal bar made with raisins, rice, malt, oats and wheat.

Tasty and wholesome (yet 95% fat free), it’s a convenient everyday snack that’s high in carbohydrates – offering a great energy boost whenever you need it!

This little bar packs a punch of pure, compacted energy! Each 40g bar contains only 143 calories and 1.8 grams of fat and is incredibly dense, chewy and sticky. Packed full of fruit and grains and laced with golden syrup, it’s the perfect snack when exercising or for giving the kids a fruity treat.

About FitnessFootwear.com

Fitness Footwear is a business built on family values with a focus on excellent customer service while offering the web’s widest choice of sports and outdoor shoes.

Free UK delivery, easy returns and our lowest price promise are just some of the many services we offer. And if you would prefer to speak to us in person, our friendly customer service team can be contacted here.

We like to put a friendly face to shopping online, so we always aim to be within easy reach to make sure you get the answers you want quickly and easily.

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