For many women, finding the right sports bra for running is like finding the Holy Grail- at least, that's how I felt when training for the London Marathon last year. Either they don’t have enough structure to hold you in place or they are so tight that you feel like your chest is in a vice. If you're running in the Marathon later this month, you'll need the right support system.
With our selection of the best ones out there, you won’t have to sacrifice style, support or – most importantly- comfort to win the race.
1. Victoria Sport Knockout Front-Close Bra
Kicking us off is this gorgeous piece by Victoria’s Secret. For anyone who has ever felt like getting in and out of a sports bra is akin to escaping from a straitjacket, this is the answer. As it has a front zip, you can slip it on and off like a jacket (funnily enough) meaning you’ll never get stuck in a dislocation-inducing contortion again.
£33, Victoria’s Secret, Buy it now
2. Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Bra
Another common problem with sports bras is the pincer-like grip with which they cling to your shoulders. To avoid cutting off all circulation to your arms, try the Ultra Run Bra. The designers at Sweaty Betty have come up with a solution; adding padding to the straps for maximum comfort, reducing the chances of chafing on race day.
£42, Sweaty Betty, Buy it now
3. Nike Pro Hero Sports Bra
Gone are the days of wearing two bras to support you whilst working out, as this one is particularly good for larger cup sizes. It comes with a butterfly clasp like a normal bra and has contoured seams and a compression fit for keeping you in place, even during high intensity workouts. If you're looking to finish in under four hours, this bra will keep up with the pace.
£35, Nike, Buy it now
4. Women’s UA Armour High Bra
The Under Armour High Bra will be your new best friend. The signature StudioLux fabric is soft and the support is sturdy, both of which reduce the risk of chafing. The cups are moulded and the compression element adds extra security, so that even after a long distance run you won’t be feeling any aches or pains.
£45, Under Armour, Buy it now
5. Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Non-Wired Bra
As the UK’s leading sports bra brand, you can rest assured that the Shock Absorber bra will provide excellent support. Unlike many others, this one has adjustable straps and is made from moisture wicking fabric to keep you feeling fresh for as long as possible.
£34, John Lewis, Buy it now
6. Human Performance Engineering Gravity Prism Bra
For the Ferrari of sports bras, try the HPE Gravity Prism Bra. Apart from the gorgeous graphic print, it also has FreshFit fabric that uses silver technology to fight bacteria and sweat build up. The cups are removable too, meaning you can adjust the bra to fit your needs.
£50, Human Performance, Buy it now
7. Adidas Supernova X Bra
The crossed straps on this cute Adidas piece will support your back and take the pressure off your shoulders as you stride out. This will improve your posture which, in turn, will help to improve your performance. It’s an all-round win-win, even coming in a variety of colours for you to choose from.
£23, Adidas, Buy it now
8. Freya Active Underwired Moulded Sports Bra
Last but by no means least is this award-winning bra. Another one for the bigger bust, it can be worn for everything from yoga to high intensity interval training and is underwired with inner supports to help avoid the 'uniboob' look.
£27, boobydoo, Buy it now