ULTRA BUNDLE £169
All the essentials to get you started on the trails. Mix and match your choice of race vest, soft flasks. Have peace of mind you have the safety basics.
With this bundle you will get:
Choice of Harrier Race Vest (Pre-Sale)
Helvellyn Carbon Poles
2 x Soft Flasks (or Water Bladder) (any colour or style)
Choice of dry bag
Mini First Aid Kit
Emergency Survival Bag
Cold Eco Cup
Hot Eco Cup
Our ultra collection has all the essentials to help you go further.
Scroll down to see our guidance on how to choose a race vest, hydration and safety options that are right for you.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT RACE VEST
The Harrier 5L Curbar race vest is perfect for carrying the basics. Including 2 x 500ml Harrier Soft Flasks, snacks, lightweight waterproof jacket, spare layer, first aid kit and an emergency survival bag.
The Harrier 10L Kinder or *Stanage race vest will provide you with the extra capacity for more remote or colder runs when you want to carry the above plus additional spare clothing and waterproof trousers.
*The 10L Stanage race vest has the same features as the 10L Kinder but is specifically designed for XL and XXL sizing.
It's important to consider your race vest to match your training, not just the race you are aiming for. During races and events you have multiple checkpoints and support.
Leading up to your event, your training runs will increase in distance and time spent out. No checkpoints available on these days!
Choose your race vest to match your hardest training runs. If you are aiming for a spring marathon distance, you will need to do hard training runs in the winter. This means that a 10L will be much better for you during these runs as you will need to carry warm layers, additional water, lots of snacks, waterproofs, etc. On race day you will probably carry less water and food as you will be able to restock at regular check points.
See your event details for what support they offer. Futureproof yourself and buy the vest that covers you for everything.
"The most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own." Charlotte, Re-Run Clothing.
Rather than buy new gear every year, look after your existing kit. Not only are they very much more environmentally friendly, but it will save you money to upgrade to lighter kit and enter more exciting races.
Sew up small holes before they get bigger, wash and re-waterproof your kit according to its instructions, dry it properly after every wash, and sell your old but well-cared-for kit on eBay to raise funds for more.
At Harrier we have lots of spare parts for repairs. So please contact us if you need to repair your item.
UPPING YOUR DISTANCE
SAY YES TO POLES
Poles are fantastic for:
Hilly and / or long distance trails
Improving walking and running efficiency
Reducing impact on leg joints
Improving upright posture for maximum lung capacity
Using poles spreads the muscular load from mostly legs to the whole body.
Our Helvellyn Carbon Z Poles are ideal for beginners and experienced ultra runners alike. They are light, strong and simple to use.
Cheat sticks? More like win sticks!
Photo credit - Gary House, RunStrong. Testing out the Helvellyn Poles in North Wales.
WHICH HYDRATION TO CHOOSE
For Harrier race vests and most other brands - Regular 500ml or 300ml
For other brand race vests that require tall, slim soft flasks - Slim 500ml
Slim are also excellent for in the back of any race vests,. Their shape is great for resting between the shoulder blades. Great if you want to take extra water but not use a bladder.
If you are not sure which is right for you please contact us.
You will see three straw options with the regular (not slim) soft flasks.
1. Short tops
Keeps bottle out of the way in front vest pocket.
Easy to hold in hand on shorter runs.
Easy to stash in back of vest.
Possible con - Can mean more neck reaching over on longer runs.
2. Long straws
Means straw closer to mouth when running.
Easier to drink on the go with no hands.
Has on / off function to prevent leaks.
Possible con - Can be annoying if you do not like the idea of it close to your face when running.
When you choose a long straw you will also get a short top to mix and match.
3. Extra long straws
Extra long straws are not for Harrier race vests.
These are for other brands where the soft flasks sit very low in the vest.
When you choose an XL straw you will also get a short top to mix and match.
If you are not sure which to choose contact us.
Larger water holders to take weight of liquid on your back in your race vest.
Tube comes around the front for you to drink from.
Bladders are great for long distance runs when you know you’ll be out for several hours without any water available on route.
Note - be careful to monitor how much liquid you have left so you don't run out by accident.
RUN PLASTIC FREE
If you’re into trail running you’re hopefully also keen to protect the beautiful environments we run in. Now it’s even easier to do your part in the drive against single-use plastics with the Harrier Hot and Cold Eco-Cups.
These are brilliantly eco-friendly for races and events . You can grab a hot or cold drink quickly at aid stations without wasting any single-use plastic cups. They are super light and squash down to fit in a pocket or race vest - you won’t notice you are carrying one, or even both.
We could save thousands of single-use plastic cups in our lifetime by using reusable cups rather than taking the single use option.
Having a Mini Runner First Aid Kit to hand is great in case you or anyone else needs some medical assistance. A few plasters, micro-pore tape and bandage can go a long way. This one is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can be dropped in your race vest.
An Emergency Survival Bag is better than a foil blanket. If you were to have a trip or fall somewhere remote you need to keep warm. When you stop running it is amazing how quickly you can get cold even on a warm day. A blanket will not keep you fully protected.
A tube scarf is also a really versatile piece of kit because you can use it as a scarf, a hat, bandanna or headband.
Our Safety Bundle provides all three for £15. Each item is lightweight and fits in the palm of your hand so you won't even notice you are carrying them in your race vest or bumbag.
A Dry Bag is a useful extra to put all of your kit inside your race vest in case it rains. It gives 100% waterproof protection to all of your items. Because no one wants soggy kit on a rainy British day!
There are a few simple things you can do to be prepared if anything goes wrong during your trail run.
1. Run with a friend, group or a club if you are not confident going out by yourself. They will take the pressure off finding nice routes, getting lost and knowing what’s within your comfort zone.
2. Let someone know what route you are running and when you expect to be home.
3. Have a fully charged mobile phone for security.
4. Carry a Harrier Mini Runner First Aid Kit in case of any trips or falls.
5. An emergency survival bag will offer you better protection against the elements compared to a foil blanket. Our bivvy also comes with printed signal information in case of an emergency.
6. Carry your spare warm kit in a dry bag. You can never be sure when the weather will change and the last thing you want is damp, cold kit if you need some warm clothes during your run. We have 2 litre or 5 litre options depending how much you need to carry in your race vest.
ULTRA TRAINING & MINDSET
There is so much more to ultra distances than just the running. Here are Gary House's top tips as a running and mindset coach and experienced ultra and mountain runner. Sign up for daily coaching emails from Gary and the RunStrong club here.
Some still see it as controversial but it’s really not – there is enough evidence that we can confidently say that if people worked on being a stronger runner rather than a flexible one there would be a lot less injuries…
When you think about it why would you need to be that flexible? Tying your shoe laces or getting over a stile maybe but that’s it.
Out of the thousands of runners that I have switched out stretches for strength work we have never seen anything but positive results – My BIG 5 are: Deadlift, Split Squat, Hip Thrust, Weighted Calf Raises. Single Leg Press / Lunges.
Running an ultra means that you will spend a lot of time with only your own thoughts to motivate you both in training and on race day so it’s very important to train these too. Most plan races as if it’s going to be the perfect day but it never is.
Work on things that could go wrong in the race so it’s easier to problem solve when you’re tired.
First step is to realise that there are both intrinsic (challenge, role model, build confidence) and extrinsic factors (medals / t-shirts / profile pictures).
You need solid reasons to train when its freezing, dark, wet or all three! As humans we are hard wired to overcome and persevere, but you have to sometimes rediscover and practice it so that you are prepared on race day for the tough times.
Then when those tough times arrive (which they will) you can draw on those motivations and experiences to make sure that you don’t regret that DNF.
When it comes to ultras it’s important to think about more than just running. You will need different kit and tools to get you to the finish line.
Practicing with this kit beforehand is one of the best things you can do in preparation. You could have the perfect nutrition plan in your head but if you haven’t practiced this LOTS before and trained your gut it’s likely that you will end up with gel all over your face (when you throw it back up).
Don’t be that runner trying out their new running poles for the first time in a race either… they can be one of the most important and useful bits of kit you own for mountain ultras but they are no use in your bag.
If your ultra is in the mountains then get some poles early and use them at any opportunity, the goal here isn’t to run faster with them but to help preserve your energy and legs for further in to the race.
Learn to fail fast in training so that you can learn from it, adapt and be ready for race day.
Tips to leave you with:
1. Walk before you need to walk
2. Eat before you need to eat
3. Drink before you need to drink
4. Sh*t before you sh*t your pants
Gary House , Running and Mindset Coach
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