The rise… and rise of running!

Since the 70s, running has been amongst the top exercise choices for the average man (or woman) in the street, but in the last decade it’s seen something of an explosion in popularity.

It seems everywhere you look, people are running… Running in marathons, running for charity, running from school drop-off, running in Santa outfits or running for their mental health… And we’re loving it!

At eGlove HQ, we’ve definitely got the running bug.

Nikki is a bit of an expert and, having run her fair share of marathons and half marathons, she doesn’t like to let a week go by without at least 3 runs under her belt. James is a little bit less obsessed, but is definitely not shy of getting his running shoes on. He ran 60km in November for Movember (the moustache growing proved to be one step too far) and has made it through many half marathons and fun runs in very respectable times (though Nikki usually leaves him for dust).

In 2016, the number of ‘runners’ in the UK tipped the 2 million mark and the number is still steadily increasing.

With the introduction and mega popularity of running apps like Strava, there’s a lot more info circulating about running too - for example UK runners clocked up 192 million km in 2017 and uploaded 24.7 million runs to Strava alone (whoa). It’s true to say that running apps definitely make a difference to many when it comes to motivation and inspiration. Being able to track performance level, improvement, calorie burn or just to have an alarm bugging you to get your shorts on can really helping to spur us runners along.

Running is theoretically one of the easiest sports to slot into your life and that’s one of the reasons so many people start.

You can break into a run pretty much anywhere and can (generally) run straight out of your front door - so no need for expensive gym membership or fancy equipment (apart from a pair of phone friendly eGloves ;-). A 30 minute jog, a couple of times a week gets you well on the way to the recommended activity level for adults and there’s the potential to combine it with your commute, the school run or a bit of bonding time with friends or the kids - bonus.

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a bit of a loner, you can still run.

You can go solo with nothing but an awesome playlist of run friendly tunes or if you like something a little more sociable there’s always the parkrun phenomenon to consider. What began 14 years ago as a Bushy Park based fun-run has grown… and grown… and is now a worldwide weekend must-do activity, embraced by around 250,000 people a week. One brilliant thing about parkrun is that it’s free to take part (it’s largely run by volunteers) but even more brilliant is the fact it’s so inclusive. You can be a beginner or a Bolt and either way you’ll be very welcome… and it doesn’t matter if you’re 8, 28 or 80. There’s always a jolly atmosphere at parkrun events, plenty of camaraderie and lots of lovely like-minded people to chat to (even if you’re struggling for breath and are mostly nodding and grimacing). We’d definitely recommend parkrun as a great route into running and you can find everything you need to know about events local to you from the parkrun website here.

 
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More and more women are taking up running of late and there’s been a major drive to encourage this from organisations like ’This Girl Can’ who aim to promote an active lifestyle and encourage the concept that there’s no ‘right way’ to get active. This Girl Can is funded by The National Lottery and with community discussions and an inspirational instagram feed, it’s definitely a good place to start if you’re wanting to run but are a little bit worried about how to go about it (and not give up).

If running appeals but you just don’t know how to break into it then ‘Couch to 5K’ could be perfect for you.

It aims to get you from a standstill to a steady pace over a series of weeks and literally walks you through the process via podcast, a downloadable schedule and lots of brilliant guidelines. It helps with motivation, keeping a steady trajectory, avoiding injury and building stamina, so before you know it, you can call yourself a real runner. The NHS is a huge advocate of the C25K programme because anyone can do it…. and it’s free. You can find all the info here.

 
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If a C25K, parkrun, or even a 26 mile-er is not enough of a challenge for you then there’s always ultra marathon running (gulp). Now so many people are running, to some, being just a runner isn’t enough so there’s the six-day, 165km Oman Desert Marathon for example… or the the 155 mile Gobi March. Recognised as generating awesome levels of euphoria and a huge sense of achievement there are now more than 60 ultra races around the globe so there’s no shortage of ultrarun events for you to get involved with if you fancy something a little more hardcore than a jog around the block.

At eGlove we’re massive advocates of the benefits of being out in the Great Outdoors, whether you’re running, walking or sitting on a blanket eating an elaborate picnic.

If you can’t remember the last time you ran anywhere though (apart from that time you nearly missed the bus) then we’d encourage you to just give it a try. Go on-just down to the next junction… or round the garden a few times. Breathe, smile, get some music on your phone to listen to… and tomorrow try doing it again. It might just turn out that you get bitten by the running bug too and parkrun, half marathons and ultra marathon euphoria might just be the next thing around the corner….

If you’re starting running and want to keep your hands cosy whilst you’re out - but you still need to be able to operate your running app or C25K podcast - head over and take a look at our eGlove run gloves here.

What do I do if I need to return something?

We’ve always tried to be different with returns - we just want our wearers to love their eGloves, and we’ll do what we can to try and ensure that happens.

We no longer supply to third parties, so if you have eGloves they are most likely from us - either from the website, our Amazon store, our new eBay store or from any of the retail or trade events we attend.

Our philosophy is simple:

  • If you want to exchange the gloves, and they are in pristine condition we will always oblige. Could be due to size, or colour, or style. We don’t mind.

  • In the unlikely event of there being an issue with quality or performance issue - again, we are happy to replace.

  • If you want a refund, no problem, but you will need to go through the channel that you purchased them so the payment can be reversed. Please bear in mind that if the gloves are not in pristine condition, we’ll ask on what basis you think a refund is appropriate. We’re not looking to be awkward - on the contrary - we are keen to understand the reasons so we can look to improve our gloves!

  • We’re a small family business and are pretty relaxed about the whole thing - all we ask is for that not to be abused.

Regardless of whether you want an exchange or refund, please raise a ticket at the returns page… CLICK HERE

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Christmas at eGlove - Give the gift of GLOVE ❤️

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As we all know, EVERYONE would love a pair of eGloves for Christmas! But, buying gloves for someone else can be stressful, so we are here to take the hassle out of it!

First things first, when do you have to order them by? According to the Royal Mail Website, here are the key dates!

CHRISTMAS 2018 DELIVERY!

Official Royal Mail last delivery times.

UK :

Tuesday 18 December    2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Thursday 20 December    1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Friday 21 December    Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

AIRMAIL :

Tue 4 December - Africa, Middle East

Fri 7 December - Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Sat 8 December - Caribbean, Central and South America

Mon 10 December - Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand

Fri 14 December - Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA

Sat 15 December - Finland, Sweden

Mon 17 December - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Tue1 8 December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

What if they don’t like them, or if they are the wrong size?

No problem, as a small business, customer service is what we do best - so we offer an extended returns period until the end of January… No questions asked. None. Nada. Obviously we can only provide refunds to the original purchaser, but we can exchange if the recipient would rather deal with us directly!

Basically, we are here to help!

…and finally.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish all our customers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Mountain Bike

It’s a great time of year to get on your bike (and get your eGloves on!)

This time of the year is brilliant for biking. With the roads a little quieter, the clocks still giving us plenty of daylight and the awesome autumn colours blazing, it’s the perfect time to dust of that bike and hit the leafy road (or off-road). 

Whether you’re a rather wobbly beginner or a super advanced cyclist there are loads of organisations and organised events which can help get you out there, enjoying the open road and improving your fitness and performance all at the same time. As a great start point, check out cyclingweekly.com which is full of useful event guides as well as super cool cycles to coo over and inspirational sporting stories. We also like the cycling.org website which has some great route guides and some really handy guides to year round bike maintenance.

Autumn is a great time to try out some of the fantastic Cycling Sportives that are taking place across the country too. Different from races, these organised cycle tours give you an opportunity to ride alongside other like minded cyclists, enjoy some of the best of the British countryside and challenge yourself to make it around whatever distance and climb suits your cycle-ability.

Getting kitted out is important because although we’re still seeing plenty of sunshine, there’s a definite nip in the air in the morning and evening. Carrying an extra layer such as a lightweight, waterproof jacket or some funky leg or arm warmers is a good idea. Early morning mist or dusk falling a little earlier than you expect means that having clean, effective lights on your bike is important and if it gets a bit drizzly, better get those mudguards out. If you like the thrill of after-dark cycling (there’s a great guide here) https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/night-riding-skills-tips-and-tricks-for-mtb-riders-and-leaders then high vis cycling gear is a must.

When it’s cold or rainy a good pair of gloves can make the all difference between a grim bike ride and a great bike ride. Ideally, the best cycling gloves give your hands room to move and let your skin breathe. They’ll keep your hands warm and dry, be windproof, be comfy and have grips in all the right places. At the same time they need to be lightweight enough for you to control your bike and feel what you’re doing. That’s a pretty long list.

At eGlove, we’re pretty pleased with our Cycling glove range. With 2 styles to choose from : our robust Mountain Biking Gloves and our weatherproof Winter Cycling Gloves, whether you’re a road rider or off-roader you can be sure of high performance and supreme comfort whilst you’re out on your bike. 

The ‘Bike Pro’ eGloves come in two vibrant colourways and feature tough finger protection, padded palm protection and short, comfort cuffs with adjustable velcro fastening. Like all our eGloves they also have touchscreen friendly fingertips so you don’t have to take them off if you want to take a photo or need to take a call.

The eBike Gel Pro eGloves have been tested through brutal head winds, the steepest climbs and the speediest descents to deliver a fantastic all-round performance. Windproof, water resistant and breathable as well as being machine washable. These warm cycling gloves would be ideal whether you’re on a wild autumn countryside cycle ride or you’re biking from the train station after a busy day at the office.

If you’re out and about on your bike this Autumn, we’d love to see you in action. Why not send us a selfie of you (and your eGloves) in action?

Sometimes people are AMAZING!

We've known Lucja Leonard (@runningdutchie) and her hubby Dion (@findinggobi) for a few years now - you'll often spot a picture of Lucja in her pink eGlove Sport being shared or posted by us on Twitter or Instagram! They have always been really supporting of eGlove, and as a small business we are always grateful for that...

We've loved seeing their running journey together as the trials seem to get tougher and tougher, and yep, we've shed a few tears over the Finding Gobi story and book... We actually would steal Gobi given half a chance if truth be told!! If you haven't heard the story - go grab the book at www.findinggobi.com

So when a message popped up from them asking for support for Dion's latest challenge the answer was "Yes, Yes, Yes" before we'd actually read the details!!

Now, having read them, we are gobsmacked. 

Dion is running the Triple Crown of 3 x 200 mile non stop races in the USA! Yep, you read that right - not one, but THREE 200 mile races!!!! The first race is the Bigfoot 200 mile race in the Cascade Mountains in August. The second is the Lake Tahoe 200 mile race in September and the third is the Moab 240 mile race in October.

Dion has never run this distance in one go, so there are a lot of unknowns -  Can he run 640 miles in less than 10 weeks with little recovery time? Can his body and mind cope with a distance?

Wait, why I am I trying to describe it? Hear from Dion himself...

As you will see, he's doing it to raise money for the Little Adoption Shop Shelter in Beijing and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home which he and Gobi are both proud to be associated with and support. Please support if you can, just click the picture below! We want to help too - so for the duration of the challenge, if you use the code DION10 when you checkout, you get 10% discount, and we'll donate £1.00 - everyone's a winner... just head to www.eglove.co.uk

Click on the image to see Dion's Crowdfunding page!

Click on the image to see Dion's Crowdfunding page!

So, in his kit he'll have his eGlove Run gloves and eGlove Ultra Run Gloves. We're thrilled.

Good luck Dion! Look after him Lucja! Oh, and if you need anyone to look after Gobi.... ;-) 

Bio: Dion Leonard is a Australian/British Ultra Runner who started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world, in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes, including two times at the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert. Dion has also run South Africa’s 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race 3 times (winning it in 2017), MDS Peru 250km in the Ica Desert, Hawaii’s infamous HURT 100 and Cambodia 220km.

In 2016 Dion was running a 250km race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 125km. The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation and international bestselling book with a movie now in the works.

Equestrian

Horses, hands and hot weather - The eGlove guide to heatwave horse-riding.

AT eGlove, we’re LOVING this beautiful weather! We’ve been busy being outdoors A LOT...

We've been walking in the early mornings, heading to the seaside for a paddle, feeling the breeze in our hair as we zip out on our bikes and pottering in the garden (with a Pimms in hand). Nikki’s been making the most of the shadier running routes and we’ve not worn our eGloves for a good while. This said, we were chatting to a horse-mad friend (over lunch in a pub garden) the other day and the subject of gloves came up (as it often does). We discussed the pros and cons of horse-riding in a heatwave and we’ve saved up some of her handy tips and ideas for you here.

Dressing yourself (and your horse) for the weather

When out and about in the saddle, wearing light coloured riding clothes and plenty of sun lotion is a no-brainer.  Whilst you can’t really wear shorts to ride if you want to avoid chafing and bruises, light coloured jodhpurs can make a really big difference. You could also opt for a lighter coloured hat cover and a light saddle pad for your horse. 

Don’t forget the sunscreen

Your shoulders, and elbows are likely candidates for sunburn  but did you know that horses can suffer from sunburn too? Pink noses, scars and hairless patches might need a coating of sunblock before heading outside on a hot sunny day. It’s good to clip your horse in hot weather, but not too closely as it can mean less protection from the sun for your horse. A fly sheet can help protect white or grey horses from sunburn too.

Get eGloved up

Many people would think that wearing riding gloves in this weather is madness - but in fact, gloves specially for riding can be just as useful in the summer months as they are in the depths of winter, especially if you’re jumping. Leather riding gloves will stop sweaty palms sliding about on the reins and mean you can protect your hands from blisters which are more likely to occur when hands are hot and puffy.

Well fitting leather riding gloves (like eGlove Equest Leather Grip Pro) should fit like a second skin and still give you good grip and feel on the reins. Leather riding gloves are best because they’re breathable and stretchy and eGlove* equestrian gloves incorporate a pad of technical fabric which makes grip on the reins even more secure (not to mention the fact that you can use your mobile phone whilst wearing them to call ahead and line up a bucket of water for your horse and and a cool drink for yourself once you get back to the stables).

Wearing leather gloves for leading your horse in the heat is sensible too as it will reduce the likelihood of the lead rope slipping and pulling through your hand if the horse pulls away. Rope burns can be really sore - especially in hot, sweaty weather.

Consider the amount of activity you're doing

To keep horses cool in a heatwave, reducing the length and intensity of rides is an obvious start - but also choosing woodland or shady rides makes sense. Horses can be turned out overnight or in the early morning and evening instead of the middle of the day too.

Make your horse’s home as heat proof as possible

Fans are a popular barn addition during a heatwave - as long as your horse can’t nibble the cords or wiring and some stables are lucky enough to have built-in water misters which the horses love.

We all need water

Like us, horses need plenty of fresh, cold water to drink every day - and even more so in a hot spell. When it’s sweaty weather - we can lose a lot of essential salts if we’re running or exercising and it’s the same for horses. Providing a salt lick or electrolyte laced water bucket  for your horse can ensure optimum balance is maintained. It’s a good idea to take a refillable cold water flask when you’re out riding so you don’t get thirsty too.

After a ride, horses should be hosed or sponged off and sweat scraped to cool them down and then walk or grazed until dry. Most horses love a cool bath to refresh them after exercise (just like we do!)

So for seasoned riders, fair-weather equestrian enthusiasts or anyone off to the Polo, gymkhana or eventing this summer, there are a few thoughts on warm weather riding. And whether you’re planning on spending the heatwave on a horse or not, we say stay hydrated, stay sunblocked and make the most of it whilst it lasts!

*eGlove Equest leather grip pro horse riding gloves have the added benefit of strong leather between the rein fingers, a secure velcro fastening on the wrist and a range of great colours (navy, tan, black and dark brown). Equest are also smart enough for competitive riding wear. See the complete collection here.