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Here are all my reviews of sports gadgets and equipment. I get sent quite a lot of running gear to review and I buy loads of running gadgets such as GPS watches and iPhone apps so this section gets updated regularly.

I also have a page dedicated to my top choices of running gadgets, gear and apparel.

Atlas wearables wristband review

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The Atlas wristband is an activity tracker aimed at athletes interested in free and body weight exercises. When it appeared on Indiegogo around 18 months ago, it looked like the bees knees to me. I had just started weightlifting using the Stronglifts routine and imagined I might also dabble with the Olympic lifts one day. [...]

Activity Monitors Gadgets Reviews

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Lance Armstrong and The Program

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Ben Foster joins his own program, taking performance enhancing drugs to convincingly portray Lance Armstrong in The Program. He develops an uncanny resemblance to the fallen cyclist and at times I can't tell them apart as the film switches between archive footage and acting. I'd guess that most people with a sporting inclination would know the nuts and [...]

Everything Else Reviews


Insomnia: The Activity Tracker Showdown

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Many people will have gone to bed last night with a degree of melancholy angst. Like me they will have forlornly switched the alarm back on after the luxury of 10 back to back lie ins. I fell asleep then woke, bolt upright at 2:30 am full of dread about my imminent return to work. I [...]

Activity Monitors Gadgets Reviews


Purition Protein Shakes

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Over the last year or so I've been shifting my focus from running to weight training and have therefore become much more concerned about the protein content of my foods. Ideally I would aim to have a portion of protein with every meal or snack and that's where the convenience of a protein shake comes in [...]

Fuel Reviews

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Stromer ST1 eBike Review

The Stromer ST1 pedelec was a tricky purchase to make. I have a glut of bikes in the house and this new one was going to cost the same as a brand new Vespa scooter. The view from the household was that I should quit being lazy and just get on my push-bike. That refrain [...]

Cycling Reviews

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Quest Protein Bars on the Settle to Carlisle Way

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I was recently sent a vast variety of Quest protein bars, enough to consider cancelling my grocery shop for the week. As their arrival coincided with our planned mega hike along the Settle to Carlisle Way, I chose instead to stash them into our rucksacks for emergency sustenance. That proved to be a good move. [...]

Fuel Reviews


Nosh Detox

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I've been sent a lot of free food this month, the latest being a 3 day supply of lovingly prepared detox grub from Nosh Detox. I chap came round on Sunday evening and presented me with 3 boutique style bags of food; Ocado never manage to make their deliveries look so chic. It was rather [...]

Fuel Reviews


Huel complete Food for Humans

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I’ve always been a bit sniffy about meal replacement shakes but when I first heard about Huel in a recent Times article I felt more intrigued than judgemental. It seemed to be selling itself as an ethical, low allergenic alternative to real food and not as a quick fix diet shake. So when I was [...]

Article Fuel Reviews


Achieve the Impossible

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I'm a quitter and a failure. At least that's what I've been telling myself for the last year or so. It came to me over a lovely paleo meal. We were onto the second course, a delicious ox heart carpaccio and a good way into a bottle of Chardonnay when Lynn asked me what had [...]

Books Challenges Reviews

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A smashrun for the last day of Juneathon

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I've dabbled with the "gamification" of sports but the joy of a new badge and an animated high five rapidly slips into the arena of vaguely irritating notifications. I was therefore quite surprised at just how quickly I become absorbed in smashrun, the latest app for accumulating, rewarding and hacking running statistics. I've even been [...]

Everything Else Juneathon Reviews Self Quantification