Birthday Bargains

So it’s almost 28th March, my birthday. This year I will have the pleasure of looking after my son Harris as it falls on a Friday, also known as ‘daddy day’. It’s been a month since I dropped down to a 4 day week so that I could spend more time with Harris and split childcare with my wife and her mum. The past 3 weeks have, for one reason or another, seen me working just 3 days a week – great for spending more time with H, not so good for keeping up with things at work!

It has to be said that looking after a 1 year old is considerably harder work than being at actual work! It’s just sooooo full time, with never a second off. Hats off to all the mums and dads out there who do this day in, day out. 100% knackering but also 100% rewarding!

With a bit of luck, the sun will shine, and we can do what we have been doing most daddy days, heading off for nice long walks and/or heading off in the Croozer.

The most noticeable impact of the arrival of Harris for me has been:


Or should that be lack of training. When your little on is up at the back of 5am and heads off to bed at 7pm that doesn’t leave much scope for training. Come 7.30pm, after a quick tidy up, all I want to do is get horizontal and chill!


Or should that be lack of finance lol! Pre Harris, I was generally able to find the money required to maintain my admittedly self centred fascination with kit, one of the main attractions of running if truth be told!

Since the arrival of Harris, this has been put on the back-burner somewhat!

Thankfully, my priorities changed without any concern. I’m definitely in a happy place, enjoying parenthood and not overly concerning myself with the impact on training or the reduced volume of shiny new kit.

Thankfully, my position as a product reviewer for The Running Bug, Barefoot Running Magazine and, of course,, means that I do still receive some kit free of charge to test out.

When it comes to obtaining other kit, there are two great opportunities, Christmas and birthday, and, for me, the latter opportunity presents itself this week.

The majority of people give me money which always works for me :o)

This year especially, I was keen to get as much bang for my buck as possible and, whilst one of the new The North Face or Inov-8 race vests was most definitely appealing, I opted for utility maximisation, opting to get kit that could be used as much as possible in everday life as well as out on the trail.

Armed with a budget, a PC and a keen eye for online bargains, I reckon I did pretty well. The Montane Fireball Smock was THE bargain buy, but was unfortunately as a result of the demise of a store. Some well timed sales at Pete Bland Sports and Wiggle provided the rest of my bargain buys.

If there’s anything left over, I will most likely opt for some of the newly released Montane Prism Gloves, RRP 35.00, which sound like just the ticket to see me through to Summer and beyond.


Product RRP Purchased
OMM Rotor Smock £130.00 £63.00
Montane Fireball Smock £120.00 £36.00
Salomon Exo Wings Twinskin Short SS14 £70.00 £30.00
Salomon Fast Wing Vest AW13 £70.00 £35.00
Total: £390.00 £164.00