With around 50,000 runners from around the world due to take part, this year's TCS London Marathon is set to be the biggest yet. To mark the occasion New Balance has launched its range of London-inspired apparel and running shoes.
Every year the brand releases a set of new designs to coincide with the event, covering a wide range of performance options to be used on race day or as training souvenirs. This year, the Race Range includes some of our favourite New Balance picks for clocking up the miles.
For the design connoisseurs out there, the blue line featured across a number of items replicates the ‘Bee-Line Route’ – a blue line painted on the road the night before the race to mark the most efficient path to complete the 26.2 miles.
At the helm of the collection are two of New Balance's most popular shoes, the 1080v12 (£155) and the 860v12 (£140). The 1080 line has long been a favourite for runners that want a do-it-all shoe that can go from easy runs to race day in comfort, featuring a healthy stack of Fresh Foam X Midsole foam and a Hypoknit upper that stretches with the foot.
The 860v12 is built for runners that want a subtle level of stability when training. It still features the same balanced Fresh Foam X midsole foam but features a medial post for added support and a reinforced engineered mesh upper to hold the foot in place.
The London Edition Printed Impact Run Jacket (£85) is a new design for one of our favourite jackets of the past few years. The lightweight fabric offers just enough protection to take the edge off when the weather turns without being too bulky, and it can be cleverly stashed into its own pocket and strapped around the waist with the inbuilt belt. There's also reflective detailing for added safety, which makes it a useful addition to anyone's winter training wardrobe.
The London Edition Impact Run 5 Inch Shorts (£40) are a staple for runners that want a comfortable pair of lightweight shorts that can be worn in any season. The loose-fitting design allows for plenty of movement while the moisture-wicking NB DRY fabric does a commendable job at removing sweat when you put the effort in. There are also a couple of handy drop-in pockets for gels and a zipped area for sticking your valuables.
For warm weather training or when you need lean kit for race day, the London Edition Printed Impact Run Tank (£40) is a great lightweight option that's designed to keep you cool and optimise your range of movement. It features a mesh design to improve airflow as well as a comfortable loose fit that minimises chafe for your runs.
For cooler days, the London Edition Q Speed Tights (£68) use a Shape Shield fabric to offer coverage and a lightweight, soft feel. That works alongside the NB DRYx material to wick away moisture when you pick up the pace or the weather turns. In addition, there are mesh panel pockets and perforations for added breathability and drop-in mesh pockets to store your essentials.
To view the full range of kit in the New Balance 2022 London Marathon Race Range click here.