December 10, 2018

Christmas Gift guide by Irish Runner’s Killian Byrne

The Christmas Countdown is on and for some people ideas can be slim for what gifts to get the people in your life. Luckily, we had Killian Byrne from Irish Runner  recommend some of latest products we have available at Intersport Elverys to suit the runner in your life. His gifts ideas range from stocking fillers to giant gestures where you’ll be sure to find something to appeal to the runner you know, someone who is just starting out training or any athletes in general. Read more below.

Kris-kindle Stocking fillers

Stuck for a gift for that running enthusiast in the cubicle beside you? Or perhaps Santa needs to fill some stockings over the fireplace – here are a few budget ideas that every athlete in your life can use.

Hickies – elastic laces – €15.00 HERE

Simple to use and a multitude of ways to tie, these elastic laces will allow any runner to slip on and off their trainers with ease. With 14 laces per pack these fit into any shoe with eyelets. Allows your feet to adjust comfortably on the run without having to retie your string laces while out on the road.

Nike3-pack headbands – €12 HERE

Unfortunately, I am no longer endowed with Samson-like locks but with both a wife and daughter who run regularly these headbands are in constant use. Coming in a variety of colours and with durable elasticity this pack will see any male or female sportsperson through the year whether it’s at the gym, on the road or just daily wear.

1000mile fusion socks – €13 HERE

Socks, they get a bad rap as a Christmas gift but seriously for a runner you can’t go wrong. Buy a pair that will look good, protect their feet and last a full season of running. Give a pair of these and you’ll be someone’s favourite secret Santa.

Skipping Rope – €5 HERE

Who would have thought? What we all used to call a child’s toy is actually one of the best and most versatile ways to ‘cross train’. Light enough to fit into a suitcase for any overnight trip or small enough to bring with you to the park there is no excuse for missing another cardio workout.

Tasked to buy for someone special or maybe you’re looking to treat yourself? Then maybe something a little more indulgent might be in order – here are some ideas around €100

Ledlenser Head torches – from €30 – €100 HERE

Winter running needs to be safe for both the runner and those around them. A long-time favourite of trail and fell runners the Led Lenser range of head torches will help you see and be seen. With a range of options and prices available these comfortable units come in a good price range with super bright LED lights, rechargeable battery packs and chest straps.

Polar H10 HRM – €93 HERE

Not just an ordinary heart rate monitor but a mini computer that will bring the wearers training to the next level. Compatible with more than just Polar wearable fitness units, the H10 will connect you to your gyms fitness equipment or even your GoPro camera so you can keep track of all the relevant metrics.

Aftershokz Trekz headphones – €110 HERE

We have cautioned about listening to music when out on the roads before but these wired headphones allow you to hear both the music and the world around you. The flexible and very durable bone conduction headphones provide crystal clear sounds without distracting you at the same time.

Feeling generous? Then this is for you…

Nordic Track 1750 Treadmill – Reduced to €1799 HERE

Too much weather outside? Family tugging at your heels or work commitments cutting your more important exercise time short? Sometimes, despite your best efforts ‘life’ can combine to make things difficult.

That’s where having your own treadmill comes in handy! With built in ‘WhisperQuiet’ technology and fold away space saving design this treadmill is ideal for home use. Combine that technology with 7inch touchscreen controls and integrated tablet holder means you can enjoy your music or movies during your workout using the built-in sound system. The Nordic Track treadmill is also compatible with the iFit interactive training system meaning your workout is customised for you. Delivery is only €25 and for just €30 you can get the product set up and personal instruction on how to use it. This is a present and a half.

Hear more from Killian in the latest issue of Irish Runner now for sale in your local Intersport Elverys.

Shop our full Christmas range below and get Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price on select footwear & clothing.