Would you switch your kit? We asked a group of marathoners at Reading Half Marathon to switch their kit and run the distance in Sculptmode instead. When it comes to performance, we know that our high quality technical sportswear matches the needs of the elite athletes, and it was about time that they saw this for themselves. Enlisting the runners as a focus group to test out our garments, here's what they thought...
Ollie finished in 6th place in the Reading Half Marathon this year and ran a PB of 64:46. He conducted his warm down in our Compression Long Sleeve, and this is what he had to say about it.
"I've been wearing the Compression long sleeve from Sculptmode for my warm down, which consists of an easy jog. I find the top breathable with comfortable mesh panels and it's not sticky at all. I would definitely recommend it, it's kept my muscles really warm as it's so cold out here and I don't even need a jacket! I'd recommend it to all athletes, not just runners, because it feels really good and looks good too!"
For as long as I can remember I have had a great passion for sport. I grew up playing football, hockey, tennis, golf etc, but I found that running was my true passion. I have since carried on competing at a high level, and in 2018 I was able to take the victories at the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running, the Great Ireland Run 10k, and the England 10,000m Championships. In 2019, I have made a noticeable impact finishing 11th at the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, and 6th at the Reading Half Marathon in a time of 64:46. I already have two Great Britain standards for this years European Cup 10,000m Championships in London.
Distance runner, Alan, ran a PB at the Reading Half Marathon at 68:32. Alan wanted to recover as soon as possible after the race. He opted to warm down in the Compression Long Sleeve due to it's repair and recovery benefits.
"I'm warming down after the half marathon in the Sculptmode Compression long sleeve because I'm trying to get as quicker recovery as I can. I felt really good in my warm down because it felt light and airy yet still tight and supportive on my muscles. Recovery is so important in distance running, if you can recover properly, the quicker you can race again. The top itself is comfortable and soft on the skin, I would definitely recommend it."
Lucy ran her first half marathon this year all in aid of charity. After training for months, Lucy knew what she needed from her clothing: a t-shirt that would feel comfortable and un-restricting. We kitted her out in the Marble T and these were her thoughts post-run!
"I ran in the Sculptmode Marble t-shirt and I would definitely recommend it to anyone else as it's super comfy and lightweight as well. It kept me dry and comfortable throughout."
I loved running the Reading Half Marathon for the first time, it was definitely tough but I've been training really hard for it over the last few months. I always like to have a goal and a challenge to aim for when it comes to fitness which is why I entered the half. It felt great to raise money for charity too, I've almost raised £700 for Meningitis Research Foundation and the money raised is going towards my fundraising to climb up Mount Kilimanjaro which I am doing in September! I'm looking forward to getting back into the gym now when my legs have recovered.
Amy ran the Reading Half Marathon for the third time, she is currently preparing and training for the Geneve Marathon in Switzerland.
"I ran in the Sculptmode Matte Black T. It was lightweight, kept me dry and I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone running a marathon or a half marathon."
Running has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I was a kid it’s been my ‘escape’. It allows me to switch off and reflect without the online noise or day-to-day stresses to distract me. Running gives me a sense of empowerment and purpose, it makes me feel like I could achieve anything if I really put my mind and soul into it. It’s given me strength to deal with tough times on a number of occasions, it’s actually amazing how much of a positive impact it’s had on my life, not to mention the physical fitness element!