Our Top Inflatable Kayaks Ireland Review

If you’re in Ireland and looking to buy  inflatable kayaks, then look no further than this blog.

The absolute beauty of inflatable kayaks is being able to pack them up into a convenient bag afterwards, making them easy to move around.

Especially compared to a 12 foot long hard kayak!

As well as reviewing some of our most popular inflatable kayaks, we’ll also share some essential pieces of advice when buying.

We hope it will help you.

We’ve also compiled a review of Inflatable SUP Boards that you may like right HERE?

If not, read on.

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Inflatable Kayaks Ireland: Buying Tips

Aim for Quality

There is a large amount of inflatable kayak options out there now, but one thing we really recommend is to not buy cheap.

Because you don’t want problems when you’re out on the water, right?

So don’t think buying the cheaper option here is better.

You pay for quality and you will get it in return.

Multi-layer inflatable kayaks

Single layer inflatable kayaks are to be avoided if you’re looking for longevity and reliance.

Inflatable kayaks with multiple layers offer much greater versatility than kayaks with just one layer.

Through the use of an outer fabric that protects against UV rays, abrasion, and punctures, they provide much greater protection.

This makes them an excellent option for leisurely recreational use in sheltered water where you’ll be paddling for more than a few hours. Additionally, there are variants that are excellent for adventures, river paddling, and kayak fishing.


We advise looking into investing in something a little more heavy duty if you want to explore outside sheltered water areas, such as bays, canals, and gently flowing rivers.

Maintaining the straight line of your inflatable kayak is another performance consideration.

Look into purchasing an inflatable kayak with a skeg if you want to stop going in circles all the time.

This tracking fin is comparable to that of a stand-up paddle board.

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The seats on many of these inflatable kayaks may not initially look unpleasant, but they can quickly get grating and uncomfortable.

You’ll be glad you made the investment in firmer kayak seats when your back and bum thank you.

Alternatively, if you know you’ll be paddling more frequently, you can swap out the sitting for some stronger kayak seats.

Pump and paddle quality

Frequently, package purchases include a paddle and a pump as well.

In the short term, the pump might get by with these, but they are frequently of extremely poor quality. We strongly advise you to spend more money on a stronger paddle for longer paddles to ensure your safety.


Single layer, multilayer, and drop stitch inflatable kayaks won’t take up all the space in your house when they are not in use.

So these kayaks can be a smart choice to think about if your storage options are restricted.

Inflatable Kayaks Ireland Review

Aqua Marina Laxo 9’4”

1 Person

Price: €399

Designed for one person, this recreational aimed inflatable kayak is tough, versatile and perfect for the beginner.

You can explore lakes and rivers and is more suited to your shorter trips.

The AquaShell technology means it has a heavy duty shell for a real tough durability as well as having a handy splash guard on the bow to protect the cockpit.

There is an adjustable bungee system at the front too to keep any luggage you have secure, while it also comes with a backpack for storage!

Aqua Marina Memba 12’10”

2 Person


This luxury aimed inflatable kayak excels in tracking and speed with an extra-long waterline.

So if you’re looking for a longer distance adventure with a friend or loved on, this is for you.

The shell is tough as nails, while the low rocker hull design and high pressure drop-stitch deck lets it glide through water effortlessly, so you won’t be exhausted paddling!

It’s quite light weight too (13.4kg) and it is a dream to back away and transport.

You will get a backpack, hand pump and premium seats, while it also has a super-fast water draining system if you’re in whitewater or the ocean.

Aqua Marina Tomahawk Air-K 12’4”

1 Person

Price: €749

This is an absolute performance machine for the true adventurer!

The brand new design  gives the user speed, comfort and stability and is the perfect cruiser with a light load.

You will also be amazed at the design quality the Tomahawk Air-K offers, with its moulded v-shaped form under bow and stern for performance and manoeuvrability.

The spongy and adjustable seat and footrest is a brilliant touch to finish off a real gem of an inflatable kayak in Ireland.

You will actually be fooled thinking it is a traditional hard finish kayak when inflated given the stiffness and speed it offers.

Plus you can also get a 2-person version.


Inflatable kayaks have to be tried and we’re sure you might never go back once you do.

Have fun and stay safe on the water though!

If you’re interested in Watersports, check out our Ultimate Guide to Watersports in Ireland blog.

Check out our full range of kayaks below.

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Our Inflatable Paddle/SUP Board Review Guide

We don’t want to exaggerate here, but we genuinely think the inflatable paddle board is one of the biggest game-changers in the business.

With it, you no longer have to worry about lugging around a 10-foot long board, roof racks or finding space at home to store your hard paddle board.

Plus, the technology being used nowadays make these extremely durable, even more so than the hardboard, lightweight and are brilliant for all levels.

They are also really, really affordable!

In this blog, we’re going to break down some of our favourite inflatable paddle boards by Aqua Marina and Fire Fly.

Before you start, you might enjoy our Ultimate Guide to SUP Boarding blog HERE.

We will find the right one for you!

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How are they made?

The inflatable paddle board first came about when SUP Boarding became global.

Two layers of polyester cloth are “drop stitched” together with countless polyester threads to create inflatable paddle boards.

The exterior surfaces of both sides of the material are then covered with an airtight coating.

Polyester fabric with a coating on both sides is the substance used for the SUP sidewalls. In order to create an airtight board, wide-seam tape is then adhered over each seam.


Inflatable Paddle Board Review

The Beginner Board: Aqua Marina Breeze 9’ 10”

Weight: 7.9kg (net)

Price: €389

The Breeze is an ideal inflatable paddle board for beginners and those looking to hit the water for the first time.

It is part of the All-Round range and the smallest model in that, with a capacity of about 100Kgs.

If you’re looking for a bigger version, there is the Vapor, Fusion or Monster to consider.

An easier ride is what this inflatable paddle board gives you, along with more space for luggage or you dog!

It even has a zip backpack and comes with a kit including a pump, paddle, backpack and safety leash.

Advanced Inflatable Paddy Board: Aqua Marina Beast 10’ 16”

Weight: 8.7kg (net)

Price: €549

The Aqua Marina Beast inflatable paddle board give you versatility, unrivalled quality and the best innovation.

These boards are designed for a multitude of conditions wit the shorter versions like the Beast suited to catch some waves!

While the longer models such as the Atlas and Magma are aimed at families who like to go together.

Of course you will get a kit will all the necessary accessories too.

Don’t be totally put off if you’re just a beginner too, but these are designed for paddle boarders of all levels.

Multi-Person Inflatable Paddle Board: Aqua Marina Super Trip 12’2”

Weight: 11.3kg (net)

Price: €579

These inflatable paddle boards are brilliant craic!

Part of the Super Trip series, you can share it with a loved one, friend, kid or even your pet!

At over 12 feet long, it is massive and gives you plenty of stability even with two people.

There’s also enough space to carry a load of belongings with you if you’re going on a long ride.

The Super Trip is surprisingly fast too, thanks to long parallel outlines.

The Kids Board: Aqua Marina Vibrant 8’

Weight: 5.6kg (net)

Price: €349

In case you didn’t know, kids love inflatable paddle boards!

Aqua Marina have designed this brilliant inflatable SUP board just for kids to cater for all their needs.

It’s smaller and lighter than a normal board, so they can transport and pack it away themselves.

It’s also ultra stiff and durable, important because, well, kids can be kids and all that.

The footpad on the surface has enough grip to make sure your child has solid underfoot resistance, helping them stay on longer and paddle with ease.

The Yoga Fan: Aqua Marina Dhyana 11’

Weight: 10kg (net)

Price: €539

You bet SUP Board Yoga is a thing!

And if you haven’t heard of it then you need to try it!

The Aqua Marina Dhyana gives you everything you need to do to de-stress and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of yoga on SUP board.

The platform can dock up to eight boards at one time so there’s no need to worry about floating away.

It even comes with a yoga board strap and crocodile grooving footpads for comfort and grip.

We know SUP board yoga is not easy, that’s why the board is extra large too.

The Pro: Aqua Marina Coral Touring 11’6”

Weight: 9.6kg (net)

Price: €599

If you’re a trekking enthusiast and experienced paddle boarder, this is for one.

The sleeker design lets this board cut threw the water at speed and has performance very much in mind.

You can cover long distances with the grace of a shark, while being able to ride waves or calm water in equal measure.

Naturally it’s one of the more expensive in the range, but you will be buying quality, performance and reliability.

It’s also surprisingly sturdy too.


We hope you will find the perfect inflatable paddle board for what you want in this list?

Before you go, we urge you to stay safe while you are on the water.

And of course, have fun!

If you’re interested in Watersports, check out our Ultimate Guide to Watersports in Ireland blog.

You can check out our full range of Boards HERE or below.

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SUP Boards Ireland: The Ultimate Guide

Summer is here and SUP Boards, or a paddle board, are all the trend in Ireland right now.

SUP Boarding has exploded in popularity over the past decade for a number of reasons.

Not least of all because we have some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches and rivers, it can be super relaxing and fun, or it can even be a brilliant workout!

Ever heard of SUP Board Yoga?

If you haven’t then it’s worth trying!

However, if you are here just to learn a bit more about SUP Boarding – where to buy them, which one to buy and why, locations or where to get lessons – then you are in the right place.

Sounds good?

We’ve also got some really cool video content below, or if you’re interested in Watersports, check out our Ultimate Guide to Watersports in Ireland blog.

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SUP Boards Ireland: Getting Started

Non-inflatable versus inflatable SUP Board

First things first, you need to decide whether you want an inflatable paddle board or a non-inflatable paddle board.

If you’re just starting off, then we highly recommend an inflatable paddle board or SUP Board because of sheer practicality and affordability.

Check out our Review Blog on the Best Inflatable SUP Boards right HERE. 

Non-inflatable or solid paddle boards are the higher-end, more expensive, and performance-focused SUPs.

Depending on the discipline being practiced, their shape will change, but because they are solid, they may be molded into the most streamlined forms and efficient rails.

While inflatable paddle boards or Sup Boards are becoming the most popular item on the market.

Since they are inflatable, there is no need for roof racks or a large garage, making it simple to store and move the board (simply in the car or in their luggage) to the closest body of water.

As the boards are inflated, they become more rigid. The top and bottom of the board are being pulled against each other by thousands of individual strands (aka drop stitching) woven into the inside as the air fills the chambers and it expands.

This intricate weaving keeps the boards incredibly light while yet giving them strength and rigidity.

Paddle Board/SUP Board Ireland shape and size

You must locate the appropriate size and shape for you while selecting a paddle board.

Your choice of paddle board should support you in the water and offer the proper amount of stability for your degree of expertise, prior experience, environmental factors, and general needs.

The size and weight limit of your board will affect this.

The length, weight, and height of the paddle board are used to calculate the volume in litres.

Simply put, your board can support more weight the larger its volume.

Why not consider a multi-person SUP Board like below.

Length/Width & Weight

A child, or someone who may be used to surfing are more suited to shorter boards because of how easy they are to move.

While if you want to do some yoga or exercise then a medium sized board is good.

If you’re adventurous and plan on going longer distances at faster speed, you want a long board that has increased stability.

We’ve got boards ranging from 9 to 12 foot, that cater for single and multi persons.

SUP Boards measure between 25-36 inches. The wider the board the easier to handle.

The larger the person the more stability you are going to need to avoid falling off all the time!

In terms of weight, the board and its load will impact the control of the paddle board.

So ask yourself:

  1. What weight am i?
  2. What gear will I bring?
  3. Do I want more than one person on the paddle board?
  4. Am I a beginner, medium or advanced paddle boarder or SUP Boarder.

SUP Board Accessories

You’ll also need a few bits and bobs to go SUP Boarding.

Thankfully, our SUP Boards come with a whole host of accessories to make your experience easier.

However, we also sell some of these individually if you need them.

Don’t forget accessories like:

  • A paddle – make sure to check if it’s the correct height
  • Strap (keeps the board attached to your leg)
  • Carrier bag to hold your inflatable sup and accessories
  • Pump
  • A life vest – safety first!
  • A dry bag to store all your valuables like a phone, wallet etc
  • A wetsuit – especially if it’s cold!

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Best SUP Board Locations in Ireland

We’ve got some of the most amazing beaches, rivers and lakes at our doorstep, which is stand up paddle boarding heaven.

Check out this blog from Ireland’s Adventure Magazine, Outsider, which ranks the top ten places to SUP Board in Ireland.

Should I get stand up paddle board lessons?

This is a common questions and we would recommend doing so if you want to maximise your experience.

You will have fun, the lessons are very easy and relaxed and you will learn some really important techniques.

There are loads of local Sup Board Schools at all the best locations, so do a quick Google to find one near you.

Just remember, SUP Boarding is harder than it looks, so don’t underestimate the value of some expert advice.


We think you’re now ready for the water!

We guarantee you will have fun, so check out our unbelievable range of SUP Boards HERE or below.

And of course, remember that water safety is so important.

If SUP Boards aren’t your thing but Kayaks are, check our this BLOG. 


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1- The promoter is Intersport Elverys whose registered office is at Moneen Industrial Estate , Castlebar.

2- The competition is open to residents of Ireland aged 18 years or over except employees of Intersport Elverys and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

3- There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

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5- Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are on Elverys Blog.

6- Multiple entries will be accepted per person.

7- Closing date for entry will be August 28th 2023. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

8- Winner will be picked on the August 28th 2023 and will have 4 days to accept. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

9- The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Fill out the contact form on our blog

10- The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

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12- The prize is as follows: Win a tailored holiday with the help of the Family Travel Club worth €2500.

The prize is as stated and no extra cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

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Connacht Rugby, in partnership with BLK Sport, have revealed their new ‘Home’ jersey for the 2022/23 season.

The design of the new home jersey features an infinite sequence of large inter-connecting chevrons across the body. This perpetual design reflects the attitude of ‘Ambition Never Stops’ within the club; a mantra that sums up the desire for consistent positive transformation at every level in the Province.

The jersey is made with BLK’s Tricool Exotek fabric throughout the main body. It also features a lycra collar, BLK’s unique silicon gel logo application and slick taping details around the collar which reads “Engineered for Performance, Crafted for Sport, Issued to the Athlete.”

Tricool Exotek fabric was created exclusively for BLK to enhance athlete performance, whilst at the same time allowing for maximum player maneuverability.

Commenting on the new home kit, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Philip Patterson said:

“Ambition, alongside Belief and Community, are the three core values at the heart of Connacht Rugby. Reflecting our belief that Ambition never stops, we’re thrilled to partner with BLK and our exclusive retail partners Intersport Elverys to launch this dynamic Home jersey which pairs innovative technology with eye-catching design.”

Philip Staunton, Head Buyer Team Sports at Intersport Elverys said:

“We’re proud to have the latest offering from BLK exclusively across the provinces Intersport Elverys stores and online for Connacht supporters across the globe. Being based in the west of Ireland, Intersport Elverys can see first-hand the great work Connacht Rugby is doing in the community which resonates with our core values to be at the heart of sport. It is an exciting time to be a Connacht supporter and we’re looking forward to being a part of the ambitious journey this season beginning with the new home kit and redevelopment of the Sportsground”

Commenting on the new Connacht Rugby Home jersey, Cian O Higgins, Brand Manager at BLK Sport, said:

“We are excited to be launching the new Connacht Rugby ‘Home’ kit featuring BLK’s latest on-field developments. We have worked collaboratively with Connacht management to deliver a range both the players and fans will be enthusiastic about.”

The full Connacht Rugby range for the 2022/23 season is exclusively available in-store and online at Elverys.ie from Wednesday 20th July at 9.00am.

How to put a Grip on a Hurley like a Pro

Learning how to put a grip on a hurley correctly is one of the most important parts of your preparation.

It’s a skill in itself because making sure your grip is secure, tight and feeling comfortable in your hand is crucial.

We have enlisted the help of Dublin Camóige star, Ciara Tierney to demonstrate how to do it correctly.

As Official Retail Partners of Dublin GAA, we love our GAA.

If you like GAA content, you might like our Best GAA Players of All Time blog. 

How to put a grip on a hurley

Step 1

Before using the new grip, remove the old one.

The hurley may slip in your hands while playing if the grip wears off over time from use. Peel the covering entirely off the grip by pulling one end of it away from the handle.

If the hurley feels sticky or looks to be dirty, clean it before adding the new grip tape.

With a cotton ball coated in alcohol, clean the ash.

Alternately, rub the hurley with a dampened towel that has been lightly soaped; then, using a fresh, damp washcloth or rag, remove the soap off the handle.

Step 2

Start by rolling out the tape or wrap and take ff the backing at the narrow end to reveal the sticky side of the grip.

Pull about half of the backing off first and make sure you start at the narrow/tapered end of the grip.

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If you’re right handed, generally people will hold the tape in their right hand and the hurley in the opposite.

Some like to tuck the hurley underneath their left armpit for security or some will hold it vertically.

Step 3

With the tapered end, stick the grip about half way up the butt of the hurley and start to wrap the grip around the back or the top of the hurley towards the back of the butt with a little stretch in the grip.

Keeping a good stretch on the grip, you then want to overlap the point where you stuck it the hurley, before bringing it back around just below the top of the hurley.

Next circle you want to just slightly overlap the part where you started, making sure you keep a good stretch on the grip at all time.

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Overlap around ¾ of the first layer as you work your way down the hurley.

The second turn overlap a half and gradually phase it out.

Step 4

Keeping a good stretch all the time on the grip, you want to barely overlap each layer of the grip as you circle it around the handle of the hurley.

The most important part here is to keep a good stretch on the grip and ensure you are barely meeting the grip already wrapped around.

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Pull off the backing as you need to.

Step 5

When you have finished unwrapping the full grip on the hurley, get a little bit of insulation tape to the secure the end of the grip onto the hurley.

For a full-length grip, you will get comfort right up at the butt of the hurley thanks to the overlapping method.

Wrap the grip over the hurley handle as smoothly as you can; bumps or separations can interfere with your grip on the paddle and may impair your performance during a game.


Practice makes perfect in gripping your hurley.

So take your time and make sure it’s correct, because there is nothing worse than finding out it’s not when you’re in the middle of a match.

Check out our hurley grip range below.

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How to pick the right Kids Rugby Boots

Are you looking to find the right pair of kids rugby boots for your child or children?

The new season is just upon us so knowing what to buy is important.

As Official Sports Retailer of the IRFU, we love our rugby, so that’s why we’ve created this guide to picking the right kids rugby boots for you.

We’ll discuss what features to look out for, sizing, some of the brands, tips on measuring feet and also answer ‘can kids wear soccer boots for rugby?’.

Kids Rugby Boots: Features

Making sure your kids rugby boots have some important features can really help your child, as well as saving you money.

Things to look out for:


Because of a lot of amateur rugby is played during the Autumn/Winter, the ground tends to be mucky and slippy.

So making sure your child has good traction is essential.

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For soft ground, your child will need at least six metal studs, which help in transitions, scrums, breakdowns and more.

Rugby boots have a longer stud than soccer or football boots too, which is what sets them apart.

Mesh Lining

A mesh lining makes sure your little one’s feet can breathe while a one piece high scuff resistant PU upper provides essential durability and abrasion resistance to last then through a long rugby season.

Shock attenuating properties help to reduce strain to their lower limbs so they can always play at maximum power with less risk of injury.


There is a lot of potential for strain to ankles in rugby, so plenty of cushioning will provide ample protection.

It will also ensure maximum comfort for your child.


There’s quite the different in requirements for backs and forwards in rugby, so their boots vary too.

For example, backs will prefer a lighter, more nimble boot to focus on speed and footwork.

Forwards will need a tougher, more secure boot with protection and grip in abundance.

Kids Rugby Boots: Sizing

Rugby boots should be as snug without contacting the toes as possible at the foot’s end.

Women’s sizing, on the other hand, differs from conventional shoe sizing and is roughly one and a half sizes smaller. For instance, a woman wearing a size 9 regular shoe should wear a size 7.5 rugby boot.

The size of the person’s feet will determine the boot size that is selected. But when purchasing rugby boots, a 1-inch space between the foot and the boot is excellent.

Rugby boots come in a variety of sizes, from junior to adult. Please compare the size charts provided with the specific items.

The same applies to kids.

Can kids wear football boots in rugby?

In a nutshell: yes.

Football boots are constructed with speed and agility in mind, whereas rugby boots are made with the need for power and stability in mind.

As a result, rugby boots are frequently bigger, have elevated heels, have more and larger studs, and have an ankle cut that is higher.

However, there are also a few more complex points to consider. Football boots are frequently worn by rugby backs players because their positions call for a lot of agility and kicking.

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This explains why some rugby players favour football boots.

For rugby forwards, whose needs are extremely different, this is less true.

Consider the force and weight that a front row forward experiences when in a scrum.

It is crucial that they have a solid foundation from which to push, which is why they need bigger boots with more and larger studs than soccer boots.

How to measure kids feet?

If you’re not sure how to measure your kids’ feet at home, we can help.

Check out this blog on how to do it.

Or call in-store where our Sports Advisors will only be delighted to help.


We hope this guide helped your journey in finding the right kids rugby boots.

We’ve got some amazing offers from all the top brands on our site.

Check them out below.

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6 Top Tips on How to Run Injury Free

Injuries can be the bane of one’s life, so figuring out how to run injury free is vital to long-term success.

Mind you, it can be very difficult to stay injury free throughout your life. However, doing the right things consistently overtime will seriously increase your chances.

Control the controllables as it is said.

Don’t worry if you do get injured, some studies show that overall injury prevalence is quite high in runners.

These tips will help you to know how to run injury free and stay injury free.

6 Tips on How to Run Injury Free

Stretch, stretch and do more stretching!

Stretching both before and after a run is crucial for injury prevention.

Dynamic stretching techniques include walking, a light jog, butt kicks, side shuffles, walking lunges, and high knees. After performing the dynamic stretches, you can try some of the more conventional static (stretch-and-hold) stretches if you’re still feeling tight.

Static stretches for the quads, glutes, calves, hamstrings, and hip flexors are recommended after your run. You can become incredibly tight if you’ve spent the day driving or sitting at a desk.

Before going for a run, those muscles need to be warmed up.

Check out our blog on a post and pre run warm down here! with Irish Sprint Hurdler Sarah Quinn.

Do More Strength Training

Running is brilliant but it is also taxing on the body. It positively stresses the body in so many different ways and can even help you develop the muscles in your legs.

However, any muscle imbalances you might have from running will start to seriously hamper you over time, so strength training will crease these out and get you performing better.

Your running kinetic chain is made up of your feet, lower legs, knees, hips, lower back, core, arms, and shoulders.

If one link isn’t functioning properly, it will have an impact on the rest of the chain.

You’ll run faster and avoid injuries if you maintain good flexibility throughout the entire chain and strengthen all the weak links.

We’re not talking becoming a body builder, just some basic exercise will help.

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Get Correct Running Shoes

This might sound basic, but it’s probably the most important tip.

You want running shoes that fit well, are suited to your foot and natural stride, and are comfortable.

Try to avoid using your running shoes for work etc because this can take the freshness out of them. Generally running shoes last around 550-800km.

Having more than one pair will really help you too.

You can call in-store in Elverys to get your feet balanced and check out our wide range of running shoes.

Recover, Recover, Recover

Whether it’s a stretch, a good sleep or rolling out, recovery between runs is crucial.

Our bodies are not machines. They need time to rest and reoperate before you stress it again and if that is not incorporated in your training, then injuries can follow.

Numerous studies demonstrate the significance of sleep for maintaining good physical and mental health, including immune system function, mood, creativity, memory, focus, and cognition.

Our blog with ASICS Frontrunner Grace Lynch will explain more.

Stay Hydrated

Maintaining proper hydration is essential for preventing muscle cramps.

Depleted electrolytes are more likely to occur if you are already dehydrated before starting your run or if you get dehydrated while running.

Your muscles must have potassium (an electrolyte) in order to relax after they have contracted.

Calves, quads, and/or hamstring cramping are more likely to occur if you start your run with low potassium levels or if you lose potassium through sweating while running and don’t rehydrate.

Find your Pace

Don’t over-do it!

We’re not all Olympic level runners, so don’t expect to be beating your times and improving every single time you go out.

Set realistic goals for yourself and slowly work towards achieving them. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Learning how to calculate your running speed might help?

Always train or compete at your current skill level and work your way up to a more demanding level.

When you first start out, don’t be scared to join a sports team or an exercise group that is intermediate or novice level.

For instance, if you’re training for a marathon but have never run before, consider signing up for a run/walk club to establish a training base.


Our Ultimate Guide to Running might help you with information on how to get started?

There’s also loads more advanced running tips for you to check out in that blog.

Check out our Running category below for some amazing products and deals.

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Win a round at St. Andrews in Westport Open AmAm 2022

The Westport Golf Club Open AmAm 2022, now open for entries, offers a unique opportunity to win a once in a lifetime trip to St Andrews in Scotland to play at the Home of Golf with two nights accommodation. Nine other Green Fee Prizes at top rated Irish courses are on offer as well.

This is an AmAm with a difference – your team can qualify for the Westport Open AmAm Champions Final on 3rd September by playing on your Home Golf Course or any Course of your choice between 1st May and the 31st July 2022. The Top 20 teams who qualify for the Westport Open AmAm Champions Final will compete for the Top 10 Prizes at the renowned Championship Golf Course in Westport.

This Westport Golf Club Fundraising Event will generate funds which will be ring fenced to convert the club’s current greens to sand-based greens over the next number of years.

Intersport Elverys has free places up for grabs for this competition, so follow the instructions on our post to learn how to get yourself a free entry. For the latest in golf apparel and accessories, visit Elverys.ie or visit your local Intersport Elverys.

Speaking at the official launch, The Westport Golf Club Captain, Tom Mulqueen commented, “Westport Golf Club are excited to officially launch our 2022 AmAm Event. This will be an AmAm with a difference – qualifying teams will register their team online, play on their home course or any course of their choice between May and July 2022 and then upload their signed scorecard to our website.  The top 20 teams will qualify for the Westport Open AmAm Champions Final on 3rd September 2022. The Prizes on offer are outstanding and we would hope to attract golfers from all over the UK and Ireland to play.”

In recent years, Golf has become the sport of choice for so many young amateur golfers both male and female, it’s one of the more positive side effects of Covid 19.

“The sport is no contact and is played outdoors lending itself to a safe and fun environment, which is why we were so delighted to welcome four of Ireland’s top social media influencers to the Westport club today,” Mulqueen added. “Alan Clarke, Kieran O’Malley, Ally McGinn and Louise Coady helped us launch the Westport AmAm 2022 with the first round in the competition.”

Westport Golf Club Ladies Captain, Abina O’Flynn, said: “It’s an ambitious fundraising project for the club – the prizes are fabulous, but the real beauty about this AmAm is that teams can qualify by playing on their own home Golf Course or a course of their choice!  All for €200 per Team of four.”

Along with the top prize of a 4 ball at St. Andrews with 2 x nights accommodation, there are nine other fabulous Golf Prizes to be won:

  • 2nd Prize: 4 x ball at Adare Manor (Ryder Cup Venue)
  • 3rd Prize:             4 x ball at Royal County Down
  • 4th Prize:            4 x ball at Portmarnock GC
  • 5th Prize:            4 x ball at Rosses Point
  • 6th Prize:            4 x ball at K Club
  • 7th Prize:            4 x ball at The Island GC
  • 8th Prize:            4 x ball at Carne GC
  • 9th Prize:            4 x ball at Connemara GC
  • 10th Prize: 4 x ball at Malahide GC
  • 11th-20th Prizes: 4 x ball at Westport GC

Intersport Elverys has free places up for grabs for this competition, so follow the instructions on our post to learn how to get yourself a free entry. For the latest in golf apparel and accessories, visit Elverys.ie or visit your local Intersport Elverys.

Teams of four, from anywhere in the UK or Ireland can enter now.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE / Entry Fee is €200 per team.

Corporate Packages also available.

For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Karen at Westport Golf Club at +353 98 28262.


Ultimate Guide to School Bags for Girls

Back to school is nearly upon us and finding school bags for girls is not always the easiest job.

But don’t worry, we’ve compiled this ultimate guide to make your life that bit easier.

We will show you some of our wide ranging stock of girls school bags with price in mind, durability, and also the most stylish school bags for girls.

We’ve got something for everyone.

Check out our blog on some of the most important things to consider when buying a school bag right HERE.

School Bags for Girls: Buying Tips

Some of the most important aspects to buying the right school bag for your girl are:

Size: we know from experience that bigger is not always better in this instance. Don’t forget that bags are measured in litres too.

We recommend below 24l for primary school and above 24l for secondary.

Compartments: You want space to hold water bottles, pencil cases, a lunchbox, maybe a laptop or tablet.

So look out for these.

Material: It’s a long year and school bags will go through the works with excited girls, so you need good-quality material!

Don’t forget some comfortable straps too!

School Bags for Girls: Most compartments

For all-round versatility, you can’t beat Jansport.

They are large, have many compartments and are arguably the most stylish school bags.

These are 34l capacity, have a laptop holder and multiple pockets, which may be more suitable to girls in secondary school.

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School Bags for Girls: Best for Price

For a solid, stylish and budget friendly school bag, the Nike Element can’t be beaten.

A dual zipper main compartment gives loads of storage, padded shoulder straps for support and a haul hoop to carry in hand.

At 19 litres and available in a wide variety of colours at a great price, you can’t look past it.

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Most Durable

The Under Armour Hustle school bag is built for durability.

So for those more active girls, this water resistance and stain resistant finished school bag is really popular.

It has strong straps, plenty of pockets for valuables and a laptop and comes in many colours.

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Premium Option

With a 31L capacity, The North Face Sunder Backpack is a spacious, streamlined pack you can take pretty much anywhere.

At 31.5 litres it is one of the bigger options, and one of the more expensive, but you are buying serious quality.

The backpack features a padded sleeve to protect your laptop or tablet from bumps and falls and sports a stand-up design to keep items securely inside.


If none of these tickle your fancy, then check out our full range of school bags for girls below.

We’ve got brands like adidas, Puma and some Manchester United, Liverpool and Republic of Ireland schools bag for all those sports obsessed girls