• Where Is The Best Place To Run In The UK?

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    Sundried ran a public opinion poll and are here to showcase the most popular places to run in the UK as voted for by you!

    The Ridgeway

    The Ridgeway is one of many beautiful National Trails in the UK which is maintained by the National Trust. This 87-mile route has been used since pre-historic times and features some incredible scenery as well as ancient relics and stunning secluded valleys. Annual ultra-marathon Race To The Stones follows this iconic trail which explains why it's such a popular event. 

    The Ridgeway is described as 'Britain's oldest road' and starts at the World Heritage Site in Avebury in the North Wessex Downs AONB, home to Europe's largest neolithic stone circle. The trail travels north for 139km and passes through the gentle woodland of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    This trail has been used for over 5,000 years and provides runners with unending landscape to explore along with archaeological treasures to discover. The entire western half of this trail follows byways or bridleways that have no stiles or other obstructions so as a runner you can enjoy the freedom of running without having to clamber over obstacles.

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    The Ridgeway national trail area of natural beauty for runners

    The Lake District

     One of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, the Lake District is England's largest National Park and also now holds the prestigious title of being a World Heritage Site. The Lake Distric is home to England's highest peak – Scafell Pike – as well as its deepest lake, providing a stunning backdrop for any adventurer. 

    Fell runners have been using the Lake District to test their limits for thousands of years and any runner would be spoilt for choice when it comes to trails and routes to follow. The unspoilt and unadulterated views are your reward while the well maintained paths and trails will take you where you need to go.

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    running in the Lake District national park England UK

    The Quantocks

    The Quantock Hills in Somerset are perhaps a lesser known Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but are still a fantastic place to run nonetheless. Described as an area of wilderness and tranquillity, this area features rugged Jurassic coastline, deep wooded combes, and undulating farmland. This area is largely privately owned which is why it is perhaps not as popular as other areas, however it still attracts up to half a million visitors every year. 

    The undulating and sometimes challenging hills will provide any runner with a varied and interesting place to run and even if you're new to the area, you shouldn't get too lost. There is one 7-mile section that follows a ridge which will reward runners with uninterrupted views on both sides that will both inspire and motivate even the most casual of runner. 

    The Quantock Hills running destination

    running in the quantocks

    North Wales

    Undulating hills and expansive coastal paths make North Wales a fun place to run while Snowdonia and Garth Mountain add an element of wilderness and challenge if you're looking for something a little more intense.

    A popular destination for active people, Snowdonia National Park in northwestern Wales is best known for hiking but of course runners will also be rewarded with the breathtaking views and scenery. 

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    running in Snowdonia North Wales

    Running Outdoors

    Sundried was inspired by the beauty of the outdoors and we in turn are inspired by those who Do It Differently. If you're going to try your hand at running in one of these beautiful but rugged areas, we recommend you take a look at our range of activewear which will support your sport and compliment the trail runner in you.

    Men's Activewear

    Women's Activewear

    If barefoot running is your thing, we have barefoot running shoes for both men and women which are super flexible and comfortable so that you can run in style for mile after mile. 

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  • Meet the Garmin Instinct: A GPS Watch Built For The Outdoors

    Garmin Instinct Fitness Wearable Outdoor Review Sundried

    Garmin have announced Instinct, a strong and durable GPS watch with built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support and wrist-based heart rate. In addition to key GPS data, ABC and heart rate sensors, Instinct includes built-in sports apps, smart connectivity and wellness data.

    “We are thrilled to add Instinct to our adventure watch lineup, an approachable smartwatch that is rugged and reliable,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Instinct is perfect for those who spend their time outdoors and demand a device built tough to stand up in the elements.”

    The Instinct is a reliable tool built to endure challenging environments. The Instinct is constructed to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) with a fibre reinforced polymer case. It’s built with a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display that’s easy-to-read, especially in direct sunlight. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.

    While in the field, feel confident exploring off the beaten path thanks to the Instinct, which features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a user's location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, use the Garmin Explore app to plan the trip in advance and when it’s time to head back to camp, the TracBack feature on the watch can navigate the same route back to the original starting point.

    With built-in wrist based heart rate, users can monitor daily activity, stress, sleep and other wellness data. Whether camping, on a training run or going through day-to-day activities, Instinct keeps track of heart rate, steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and more. Hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking and skiing are just a few of the activities supported on the device. Through heart rate variability, the Instinct can track stress levels, allowing the user to be more aware of when physical or emotional sources may cause stress levels to rise.

    When paired with a compatible smartphone, Instinct users can leave their phone packed away and protected while they receive smart notifications like texts, emails and other alerts right on the wrist. Instinct is compatible with Garmin Connect, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns such as how much time spent in light, deep and REM cycles, and even compete in virtual fitness challenges. The Instinct will also be compatible with other Garmin devices including inReach Mini, VIRB action cameras and dog tracking devices. Send and receive inReach Mini satellite communication messages, declare an SOS, control the VIRB start and stop function and get dog status updates and alerts for viewing at a glance on the watch.

    Instinct features a battery life of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode. It is available in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red for a suggested retail price of $299.99.

    Instinct is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. 

    Read Garmin wearable reviews by Sundried.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • USA: The National Fitness Foundation Names LaRhonda Burley As Vice President

    National Fitness Foundation USA New Vice President

    The National Fitness Foundation, the official nonprofit of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, has announced LaRhonda Burley as its new Vice President of Partnerships & Marketing.

    The National Fitness Foundation was congressionally chartered in 2010 to support and strengthen the mission of the President's Council by generating private sector investments and partnerships to help all Americans live active, healthy lives. The Foundation established the National Youth Sports Fund, the first-ever national endowment dedicated to supporting and expanding youth sports participation.

    "We're excited to welcome LaRhonda as the Foundation's new Vice President of Partnerships & Marketing," said Clay Walker, Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation. "LaRhonda's diverse experience and her ability to build dynamic sports marketing partnerships will be critically important to the successful launch of the National Youth Sports Fund."

    Burley joins the Foundation with over 10 years of sports marketing experience. Following a graduate internship with the Tiger Woods Foundation, Burley joined Monumental Sports & Entertainment with a focus on business operations for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics where she managed the Mystics jersey naming rights partnership with Inova Health System as well as the presenting partner of the Mystics Youth Summer League, Kay Jewelers. Following her tenure at MSE, Burley managed the sponsor portfolio for the 2013 Citi Open as a consultant for Lagardere Sports & Entertainment before joining the Washington Redskins sponsorship group in 2014. As Senior Director of Partnership Marketing for the Redskins, Burley managed the sponsorship activation group as well as the Team's affinity marketing initiatives, Redskins Salute and the Women of Washington. After four seasons with the Redskins, Burley was hired by the NFL Players Association where she served as the strategy lead for 32 NFL clubs, advising on best practices for use of athletes in sponsor programs. A Maryland native, Burley earned a bachelor's degree in international business from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in sports management from Georgetown University, where she currently serves as an advisor.

    "Spending the majority of my career on the business side of professional sports, it is easy to see the positive impact of youth programs," said Burley. "I believe in the power of sport as a vehicle to build character, foster positive communication and lead to social change, which begins at the youth level. I am excited to work with the Foundation to help advance its mission, while building the character of tomorrow's leaders, on and off the field."

    About the National Fitness Foundation

    The National Fitness Foundation is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health and fitness. Established in 2010 as the official charity of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, the Foundation develops public-private partnerships and raises capital to accelerate solutions that prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness through youth sports. The Foundation also leads the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation's model for fitness education in schools.

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  • Garmin Teams Up With Spotify For Offline Playlists On Watches

    Spotify On Garmin Fenix 5 Music Smart Watch

    Garmin has announced integration with Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, on compatible Garmin music watches. Garmin customers and Spotify Premium users with a fēnix 5 Plus series watch can now store audio, enabling users to download and listen to music offline without having to take a phone along. 

    “Spotify is the most popular music streaming service in the world, and we are excited to collaborate with them to provide our customers with even more ways to listen to their songs while on the go,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Whether you’re a rock, pop, classical or country music fan, with access to millions of tracks on Spotify, we know Garmin users will be able to find something that suits their mood.”

    Spotify Premium account holders can create playlists including all their favourite tracks and then sync the playlists to their compatible Garmin music watch via WiFi. Users can then access their playlists through the Spotify app on their watch to start listening.

    The Spotify app is available now in the Connect IQ™ store for Garmin customers with a fēnix 5 Plus series, Garmin’s popular multisport GPS smartwatch that’s built for athletes and adventures of all sizes.

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  • Garmin Teams Up With Marvel For Their New Kid's Fitness Tracker

    Garmin Vivofit Junior 2 Marvel Spiderman

    Garmin have announced the vívofit jr. 2 kid’s fitness tracker with Marvel’s Spider-Man themed bands and mobile app. So much more than a fitness device, the vívofit jr. 2 provides kids with an interactive experience where activity unlocks adventure, shaping habits for lifelong health and fitness. In an engaging, comic book-style Spider-Verse app experience, kids will look forward to crushing activity minute goals to unlock new adventures, games, gems and step icons. Enhanced animations make New York City come to life with fun fitness facts integrated into the story to further encourage building healthy habits. With two ultra-durable, etched Marvel Spider-Man designs, vívofit jr. 2 bands are swim-friendly, feature a customisable colour screen, and most important of all, boast a battery life of over a year. 

    “The Spider-Man experience, both the band and the mobile app adventure, lets kids dive into the imaginary Super Hero world through physical activity,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “With the vívofit jr. 2, kids get to ‘Be the Hero’ on the playground, and are incentivised to keep moving as their activity goals unlock new worlds within the Spider-Verse app experience. We’re excited to add Spider-Man to our lineup of Disney, Avengers and Star Wars bands and app storylines.”

    “With an all-new hit console video game and feature film – it’s a big year for our favourite web-slinging Super Hero,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “Marvel’s Spider-Man is a great addition to our successful line of characters and stories that are inspiring kids to get active.”

    The Spider-Man vívofit jr. 2 is brought to life through a corresponding app adventure, which kids explore with the help of their parents. In Web Warriors: A Spider-Man Adventure, kids will unfold new adventures and explore different dimensions of the Spider-Verse. They’ll soar high above the city alongside Spider-Man, fight Vulture with the help of unexpected allies, and track down the Green Goblin once and for all. The more they meet – and exceed – their activity goals, the more of the story they’ll get to see. In addition to uncovering additional adventures with Marvel’s Spider-Man, kids can gain access to fun games and more. To collect gems and get more chances to play games, kids will need to keep logging those active minutes.

    The vívofit jr. 2 is a valuable tool for parents as well and comes with a companion app that acts as a parental personal assistant. From their compatible smart device, parents can view their child’s activity, assign chores, and schedule reminder alerts that show up on their child’s device. Task timers help kids know how much time they have left for each chore. For added incentive, when kids receive and complete a given chore, parents can reward them with virtual coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. The app allows for multiple profiles, so parents and siblings with compatible Garmin devices can have their steps listed on the step leaderboard, promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle for the whole family.  

    In addition to tracking steps, sleep and active minutes, kids can also use the vívofit jr. 2 to engage in some friendly competition with their friends and family. Toe-to-Toe step challenges let kids sync with nearby friends (or themselves) for timed step competitions. Parents can also play by downloading the Toe-to-Toe Connect IQ app to a compatible device. New family challenges let users connect with other families and compete in weekly step challenges for extra motivation to move. 

    The vívofit jr. 2 featuring Marvel’s Spider-Man is available for purchase at Garmin.com and has a suggested retail price of £79.99. With vívofit jr. 2, the adventure never ends. By swapping out their band with an accessory band (sold separately, RRP £27.99), kids can open up a whole new world of adventure with Disney Princess, Star Wars, Minnie Mouse, and Avengers band options*.

    The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a Garmin product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren