Sun Protection for Runners
Seasonal Running & Racing: What to Wear,Spring & Summer Running Advice

Most of us are probably aware of the diminished ozone layer, which acts as a natural sun blocker, filtering out the more harmful UV rays. It is possibly even more important to be aware of this in Britain where the sun often isn’t really that hot.

The reduced ozone layer means that even if the sun doesn't feel that hot it is still necessary to have some protection, especially if you are out for a long run. Of course if you are going abroad to sunnier climes, do make sure you have adequate sun protection, especially as in Britain we are often so unused to strong sunlight. Here are some suggestions of things you can do:


Wear a Running Cap or Visor

This is a pretty obvious one, but a good running hat will feel light, airy and will wick the moisture away. Sun protection for the head is incredibly important and one of the key factors in helping to stop sunstroke. The Ronhill ones come in different sizes. If you feel a cap is too bulky, try wearing a visor.

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Odlo Fast & Light Visor
White £16.00

Ronhill Air-Lite Cap
Midnight Blue £16.00

Odlo Cap Ceramicool Light
White £22.00

Odlo Cap Ceramicool Light
Plum £22.00

Odlo Visor Cap Ceramicool Light
Plum £20.00

Wear Running Sunglasses

As well as giving the eyes the obvious protection against the sun, they also protect against wind and any insects. It has also been shown that even slightly screwing up your eyes on a sunny day can have a negative impact on your speed, so wearing sunglasses could help you in the search for a PB!

Here are some options. The Sunwise Windrush come with 4 different lenses, including a clear glass lens for using on windy days or if you are running somewhere where there are lots of bugs. Waterloo is made of photochromic glass which adjusts to become lighter or darker depending on the strength of the sun.

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Sunwise Twister Sunglasses
White £30.00

Sunwise Waterloo Photochromic Sunglasses
Blue £70.00

Sunwise Equinox Sunglasses
Black/Blue £38.00

Sunwise Sunwise Peak MK1 Sunglasses
White £22.00

Sunwise Windrush Sunglasses
Black £34.00

Sunwise Kennington Sunglasses
Black £40.00

Replace Fluid

Obviously your liquid intake becomes even more important on sunny, hot days. Make sure to drink more water before and after your run. Do remember, however, that it is also vital to replace the salts which you have sweated out during your run as well as the liquid. There are a number of ways of doing this and it is really down to personal preference. Here are a few examples of electrolyte replacements. Try one out and see how you like it.

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Elete Electrolyte Add-In 25ml
Neutral £8.00

SaltStick Fastchews Tub
Lemon £15.00

NUUN Active Tabs
Tropical £7.00

Wear a Protective Running Top

There are quite a few short sleeve tops made of material with UV protection. If you are going somewhere hot, and you have a tendency to burn, consider wearing a t-shirt rather than a vest. Or if you really like a vest, there are vests for example the Montane snap tank, that have a wider shoulder that will offer more protection than a conventional vest. A good quality running top will wick the moisture away, and that in itself really helps to keep you cool.

Shop Running T-Shirts / Shop Running Vests

Men's OMM Grid Tee
Black £45.00

Men's Montane Fang Half Zip Tee
Red £48.00

Men's Odlo Ceramicool Pro Tee
Royal Blue £50.00

Women's On Performance Tee
Aqua £70.00

Women's Montane Snap Half Zip Tee
Blue £48.00

Women's Montane Snap Tank
Blue £40.00

Wear Sunscreen

Do use a good quality sunblock – remembering your ears and the backs of your knees! Key areas that will definitely catch the sun if you are running and can easily get forgotten.

Enjoy the sunshine :-)

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