One thing that struck me on this weekend run was how impeccable some people can look when they are running. Now I like to look a little bit coordinated and I do possess a tidy pair of trainers, shorts and T, but the fashion stakes were raised a few notches on Swansea Prom this weekend.
The brightly coloured orange, lime green and blue specialist running trainers, those that cost 3 figures, were being donned by most of, what I would call, the elite runners – those who do the 10K in sub 40 minutes.
The rest of us are still getting to grips with which trainers are the best ones for us, but it didn’t stop at just the trainers this weekend with running fashion high up on everyone’s agendas, well that’s what it seemed.
The runners, armed with bottle, music device and sugar boosting gel pack were bombing up and down with their well-earned race t-shits from previous events around the UK.
Whilst the rest of the running fraternity, were very generous with their fashion faux pas’ this weekend as the temperatures rose, so did the fashion stakes.
¾ length shorts white ankle socks, black school like trainers and the Ibiza T from the high street caught the eye. It didn’t help that the running style wasn’t the best, but in the words of the world’s leading sport brand – he was just doing it.
The one that struck me as the most peculiar attire was the mint green polar neck – yep, it’s not a typo, it was mint green and it was a polar neck and long sleeved to boot. Was he a confident runner or just determined to avoid the sun at any cost?
Then I was overtaken by the Running Mag model – coordinated shorts and vest, with 2 arms artistically covered with a sleeve full of what must of been “go faster “tattoos – he was bombing along as if ably supported by one of those airport escalators that make you feel you are walking even quicker than you are.
Finally there were the “in-betweeners” caught between sport brands and high street fashion, sparkling new or well-worn old trainers and then there were the shorts – hats off to those who ran in denim or cargo shorts – I trust any chaffing affecting your ability to walk today will be short-lived, just like your shorts, which will be replaced by something more appropriate next time around.
The Paris catwalk had nothing on the Swansea Bay runners this weekend
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