Essential kit for running in the dark

November 23 2018

Now that winter has arrived, it’s the ideal time to take on a night time run - just you and the open road.

Late night runs are a great way to keep fit with a bit of privacy. However, there are still pedestrians and motorists about, so it’s vital to make sure you can be easily seen to help keep you safe.

To gain some expert insight into keeping fit during winter, we spoke to New Balance athletes Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (one of Britain’s top sprinters), Gemma Steel, (a former European cross country champion) and Olympic middle-distance runner Ciara Mageean.

Harry explains how he prepares for winter fitness with strength training and a touch of endurance. He also tells us what he looks for when choosing his activewear.

“I look for performance and power in my winter clothing. Gear like the New Balance core space dye ¼ zip top works perfectly for me in cold weather. I wear this type of kit for the longer track sessions I do this time of year, but when I’m in the gym, I look for clothing like the New Balance tenacity T-shirt, as it gives me greater control and easy movements”.

For distance runners like Gemma, visibility is key in the winter. However, it’s just as important to find kit that supports you as you run.


“I run early in the morning and then again in the evening after work, so obviously being seen is my main concern. I tend to go for jackets like the New Balance Accelerate Hi-Viz jacket, because you can be seen easily in it but it still has the right technology.

It’s really breathable with plenty of ventilation, so you get great temperature control when paired with a base layer like the New Balance Accelerate Hi-Viz long sleeve top. This means you won’t get too hot and you can run at a great pace!”

Ciara is no stranger to training in the elements and makes sure she’s always properly kitted out for tough-weather runs.

“Come rain or shine us runners are out training. There hasn’t been a day yet at home where the weather was too bad for me to head out - that is not to say that it was always lovely out!

As the terrain starts to get muddy, wet, and icy, it’s vital my footwear can support me while I cover the miles. My New Balance 1080’s provide a cushioned, responsive ride while giving me enough grip and support to cover everything winter throws at me.”

Why not take a look for yourself? Our quality kit from New Balance offers great visibility without compromising on performance. From Jackets to trainers, we have everything you’ll need to kit you out from head to toe.

New Balance Hi-Viz core run jacket

Wind and rain are no match for our running jackets, which help keep the elements at bay when you’re taking on the great outdoors.

Water repellent fabric makes sure you always stay dry, and the adjustable bungee hood lets you stay protected from the weather.

Plus, the hi-visibility detailing adds a stylish touch, while ensuring you stay visible in low-light.

This jacket is also available in women's sizes.

New Balance Hi-Viz accelerate long sleeve top

Outdoor runners need to trust they’ll stay comfortable and well ventilated while running, which is where our long sleeve tops come in.

Intelligent NB Dry technology wicks away sweat as you exercise, helping you stay dry and focused while you’re in the zone.

You’re sure to turn heads too, as the eye-catching design includes reflective strips to make sure you stay seen and safe in the dark.

This long sleeve top is also available in men's sizes.

New Balance 590 v4 running shoes

You’ll always stay one step ahead of the competition in a pair of 590 v4 running shoes, which combines ultra-lightweight foam with versatile tread.

Whether the street is your racetrack or you’re taking on the trail, this perfect pairing cushions every landing while giving you the grip you need to leave your competition in the dust.

These trainers are also available in women's sizes.

The New Balance Hi-Viz range is available in a range of sizes for both men and women.

Wherever your runs take you this winter, make sure you thoroughly research your routes so you’re always in familiar territory. Take a look at our full range of running gear for both men and women, which will give you everything you need to stay safe while you’re keeping fit.

If you need a little bit of an extra push to help you stick to your fitness routine in the cold weather, take a look at our guide on how to stay motivated during winter.

Visit the England Athletics website for more help and advice on running and keeping fit.


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