Inspired by the marathon? The best running kit for women

The London Marathon takes place this weekend, with thousands of runners taking to the streets of London for the gruelling 26-mile race.

If the sight of all those people sweating it out inspires you to up your running game, you’ll need the right kit to do it – in style and avoiding injuries.

There’s a huge range in prices when it comes to running kit. It’s worth avoiding the cheapest trainers, as a decent pair will stop you getting injured, especially if you’re running on concrete. We especially like Asics Gel Kayano trainers for long distances, thanks to great cushioning and support.

And for obvious reasons a decent, supportive sports bra is a must. Make sure you get one made for running (rather than yoga or Pilates) so it has enough support.

For tops and leggings, a bit of extra cash will get you a higher level of comfort and much more breathable fabrics. Sweaty Betty‘s zero gravity crop leggings aren’t cheap, but are worth the extra cash if you can afford it. The ultra-lightweight a sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool and comfortable, and the muscle-compressing properties actually improve your performance.

Whether you’re a seasoned pavement pounder or a total newbie, these are some of the best bits of running kit around for style and performance.

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