If you intend to take part in Competition you will need to purchase a club Vest.
The current cost is £14.00 for size 28 and £17.50 for sizes 30, 32 & 34.
(Unfortunately size 30 and upwards are classified as adult sizes.)
Please pay online using - Sort Code: 30-95-75 Account No: 00572449.
Please use Members Surname, Vest & Vest Size for the PAYMENT REFERENCE. (Eg Vest Size 32 & Surname Smith - Enter " V32 Smith" )
If you require a Vest please e-mail Chris Hartley on email@example.com letting me know the size required and will then bring down on a Tuesday night.
Other Club Running Wear, Caps & Hi Viz Vests.
Other BRR Junior Apparel including BRR Hi Viz Vests are available through the Sliick Website.
CLICK HERE to view the Sliick Website.
Hi-Viz Vests that are required for Winter Training are available from this site. Alternatively similar style vests without the BRR emblem can be purchased online from the likes of Amazon.
What style of Head Torch is best for Winter Training?
A good Head Torch is essential when running in the dark, as runners need to see where they are going. They can be worn around the head, chest or waist.
The best examples are light weight and give good visibilty.
We advise to stay away from bulky headtorches as they are uncomfortable and bounce around too much when running.
One of the best value examples to date is shown below.
These are available through Amazon. If you are unsure which one to purchase, please contact Chris Hartley who can advise you.
Cross Country Spikes
We highly advise the use of Cross Country Spikes during the our winter training months and especially if you intend to compete in the Gloucestershire XC League and other School or Cross Country Competitions. When conditions get tough and muddy, trainers are a big disadvantage as they have not grip at all. Football Boots have been worn that are better than trainers but again running spikes are far better.
The screw-in spikes on Cross Country Spikes are interchangable and advise 3mm or 6mm or below during the summer or dryer conditions, 9mm when the going gets tougher and 12mm in extreme conditions. We advise to take the spikes out regularly and add a little oil before screwing them back in, as if left in, can seize up and can be almost impossible to remove.
Unfortunately junior running spikes can be very expensive. Gloucester Sports supply a small selection and if purchased at their shop do offer club discount. They usually have a store at the Gloucestershire League Cross County venues but you will need to contact them to check. Better value examples can be found at the likes of Decathlon. Sizing can be a little different to normal trainers so when buying online for the first time, take care.
With running spikes being expensive we advise members to sell on their running spikes when they become too small. This gives you extra funds for a new pair and saves other members having to pay for a new pair.
If you would like to sell on your Running Spikes, please make sure the spikes themselves can be removed otherwise they will be of very little use to the new owner. If they can be removed, take a photo and attach to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org giving info such as brand, condition, price and contact telephone number. We will then forward to all members.
What To Eat & When
Never eat a heavy meal just before training, if you are hungry then eat something light before you train. Have main meals after training to help avoid the dreaded stitch.
It is extremely important to hydrate before, during and after training, especially when the weather is warm. Please bring a drink along with you, especially during our Summer Sessions and warm weather.
Clothing & Footware
Always wear sensible clothing when training and a warm top to put on after training, especially when cold. During the winter sessions, when the weather gets colder, gloves are a must, there is nothing worse than training with fingers you cannot feel. A warm cap/hat is also advisable.
Trainers are fine for training during the Spring and Summer Sessions when dry. During the Winter Months when conditions become wet and slippy , Members can wear Football Boots or similar for additional grip to help prevent slips and falls but Running Spikes are a far better option.
Please remember to put names on all clothing and footware so we can find their owners, when left behind.
Ilness or Injury.
We advise all of our members not to train if injured or unwell. Its better to miss one week than to make things worse and miss possibly more.
Should any member injure themselves while training, stop training immediately to avoid making the injury worse. Seek advice from a Doctor if the injury is bad or does not clear up within a few days. Please inform a Club Leader before you leave the training session.