January 04, 2020
Running outside in the summer is nothing short of euphoric. The sun on your face, the fresh, warm air weaving around you as you stride along and smug in the knowledge that this exercise is entirely free-of-charge. In the winter, however, the idea of heading out for a jog seems more like self-inflicted punishment. 
The Best Winter Running Gear For Women
I won’t pretend that I have a magical formula to make outdoor running easier year-round, but the right kit can help you make those last few kilometres more bearable. Shoes that won’t give you blisters, leggings that won’t chafe, intelligent fibres that keep you sweat-free and warm and backpacks that will make you want to run to work. 
Go on, get outta here.Fast and Free Backpack, Lululemon, £98 This rucksack is particularly handy if you fit in a run as your commute to the office, or to any place where you’ll need your belongings at the other end. It’s reflective, so you’ll stay visible at night, while the waistband strap provides stability as you run. There’s space to fit a laptop as well as a change of clothes. 
Buy it now.Forever Floatride Energy Shoes, Reebok, was £84.95, now £67.96 I was sold at ‘floatride’ to be honest. When I found out the foam midsole offers responsive cushioning throughout a run, I knew I’d found the perfect running shoe. Swap the pavement for cloud nine and give that concrete a run for its money.  
Buy it now.Fast Track Running Jacket, Sweaty Betty, £95Our go-to place to buy all things fitness, this running jacket is weatherproof as well as being super stylish. With hundreds of positive reviews it’s definitely worth the investment. 
Buy it now.Cross Chill Run Gloves, Lululemon, £25 Unless you want frozen fingers at the end of a run, a good pair of gloves are essential. These super soft gloves come in several different colours, become reflective in the dark and have phone friendly fingers, meaning you can change your playlist as you go, or Tweet about your new PB as you go.
Buy it now.Zero Gravity High Waisted 7/8 Running Leggings, Sweaty Betty, was £95, now £66Not only am I head-over-heels for this intergalactic print, I’m also pretty enamoured by the spec of these space-age leggings. They’re ultra-lightweight and the compression technology will keep the blood pumping through your legs, while Sweaty Betty’s signature sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool and comfortable. 
Buy it now.Thermal Running Gilet, Nike, £89.95Worried the cold weather might put you off training? No more excuses with this thermal gilet – guaranteed to keep you toasty. Stylish too.
Buy it now.Kalenji Unisex Bluetooth music Running Cap, Decathalon, £17.99 This is the running cap to end all running caps, offering sun and wind protection as well as a Bluetooth system to keep you entertained as you clock up the miles. Pair it with your smartphone and take calls or listen to music as you go. Realistically, we think you could run an empire from this hat. 
Buy it now.Under Armour Tech Twist Training Top, John Lewis, £36If the slew of five-star reviews online weren’t enough to go by, we’re totally besotted with this Under Armour Training Top. It’s soft, it’s warming in the winter and cooling in the summer and it can be worn in comfort all day long. 
Buy it now.Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra-Black/Purple-30A, Amazon, £21.99If you’ve been running for a while then you’ll no doubt have heard of Shock Absorber’s Ultimate Run bra. It has achieved cult status within the world of outdoor training, and this latest design is the best yet. The laser cut material helps absorb movement and was tested out by the University of Portsmouth.
But it now.Hoka One One Clifton 6 Women’s Running Shoes, Sports Shoes, £119.99A cushion for your feet, is how I’d describe these Hoka One One shoes. They’re ridiculously light, provide ample protection for your feet with a foam wrap and are perfect for recovery days when you need a break from the intensity of foot-to-pavement. The new design is slightly thicker meaning it’s now the ideal shoe for longer runs too. 
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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