I’ve been trying out some great new products and kit this month, here my round-up of my favourite pieces…
Scimitar Sports Love Hearts cycling jersey
I’ve seen Simitar Sports vests at races before, their Um Bongo and Refreshers prints really stand out in a crowd of runners. When I heard they were expanding into a range of cycling kit, I was keen to try out one of their jerseys. I opted for the Love Hearts print. It brought back good memories, as I had a Love Hearts theme at my wedding five years ago!
I love the retro sweeties print, polka dots and contrast red sleeves!
I’ve worn the jersey out on a few rides of 20-35 miles, and it’s been really comfortable to wear on the bike. I opted for a size Large as it is stated on the Scimitar Sports website, that these jerseys are designed to be tightly fitting. The silicone gripper at the hem helps the top to stay and place and the pockets at the back are perfect for holding snacks, phone, keys and everything else!
The zip is a little stiff and gets caught at the seam of the collar, but I’ve found this to be a problem on many of my cycling tops. The top washes well and dries quickly.
The Love Hearts cycling jersey retails at £40, but I was provided with a free sample for review.
As my second year membership gift from Havering Tri, I was given a voucher towards a Road ID. These bracelets are designed to be worn whilst out cycling or running, so that you can be easily identified if you are involved in an accident. Not the most pleasant thing to think about, but apparently each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospital unconscious and without identification. Road ID enables hospital staff to locate medical records and contact family members.
The silicone bands come in a huge range of colours, I chose red to match my club kit. The tag can be engraved with five lines of information including a motivational slogan. I also had the triathlon symbols tag added alongside the main ID tag. Road ID is comfortable to wear, just slip it on before heading out to train. It can even be worn swimming as the band is waterproof.
Telephone numbers are blurred out for obvious reasons!
As the ID bands come from the USA, you can get charged for customs and import. Luckily I was not charged, but a few of my friends did have to pay the fee. My ID arrived around 10 days after I placed the order.
This Road ID slim with additional tag costs $24.98, but I had a $20.00 gift card towards the cost.
Runner’s Guide to London book
I was sent a copy of the Runner’s Guide to London by the author Hayden Shearman, and I’ve been dipping into it for inspiration for running routes around the capital. Featuring over 120 runs illustrated with maps, photos, distances and training tips, this book is the perfect companion for exploring the city on foot.
Every London borough is included, with the book divided into four sections for North, South, East and West London. I’ve spent many hours on the trails in my local area, so I was pleased to see Pages Wood, Havering Country Park and Rainham Marshes included as running hot-spots.
Sometimes it can get boring pounding the same routes week after week, so I like to venture further afield and explore a new area. I’m planning to follow the Oak Trail in Epping Forest after seeing it detailed in this book- I work so close to the forest but rarely actually run there. Toilets, parking and local transport are also highlighted to help you plan a run.
If you’d like to order a copy of the Runner’s Guide to London, use coupon code lucysentme to save £2.50 (plus free postage).
Book and cycling jersey were provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own.