We're proud to announce our partnership with Team New Balance Manchester; a professional running team based in South Manchester under the guidance of coach Steve Vernon. The team comprises of a small group of elite distance runners and this year they will be OTE Fuelled!

For long distance running, getting your fuelling correct is one of the key pieces in the jigsaw that leads to success. We’re proud to be working with the talented athletes of Team New Balance who leave no stone unturned when it comes to performance, and they understand the importance of nutrition.

The 8 strong team of professional runners have been using our products at their base in Manchester for a few weeks now and we caught up with them to find out which of our products are their favourites.

Cocoa Nibs Anytime Bar

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Meet the Team

Jonny Mellor (pictured above) is the team’s resident marathon runner who recently announced he will be taking to the start line of none other than the London Marathon. In response to being asked his favourite product Jonny said

“My favourite product is the Cocoa Nib Anytime Bar. They’re ideal for having in your kit bag as a quick, easy and healthy snack as well as being ideal pre training for a carbohydrate boost.”

Sharing Jonny’s love for the Cocoa Nib Anytime Bar is Ciara Mageean (below left). One of the newest recruits to the team relocating to Manchester from Ireland, Ciara event is 1500m where she already has a European Championship medal to her name.

“So far my favourite is the Cocoa Nib Anytime Bar. They are such a handy snack to have, just as the name suggests, at anytime of the day. What I love the most is the taste. It feels like a real treat getting to eat it yet I know it’s a healthy and nutritious addition to my diet.”

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Another relatively new member to the team is Anna Silvander (above right). Anna is an 800m runner from Sweden with a 2:02.53 personal best. She is 3 x National Champion and 2 x National Indoor Champion. And a big fan of our Whey Protein Recovery Sachets.

“The whey recovery sachet was so perfect for taking on training camp. In general it’s just perfect if you’re going to be away for just a couple of day or for taking in your kit bag to races.”

Sharing Anna’s love of the Whey Recovery Drink is Eli Kirk. Eli specialises in 5000m & 10000m and competes on both the track and road. With experience of racing in America & representing Wales at the Commonwealth games, Eli again is another one of Team NB’s super talents.

“All the products I’ve tried so far have been great! I think my favourite would be the chocolate whey protein drink. It tastes great, mixes well and the sachets are just so east to training with no spillage.”

Lemon Hydro Tabs


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Both Andrew Heyes (above right) & Ross Millington (below left) are the members of Team New Balance with many strings to their bows. Both can be found either competing on the track, road or cross country. Both can boast some impressive PB’s and share a love of the OTE Hydro Tabs. Andrew said

“I would have to chose they Lemon as my favourite flavour of hydro tabs. They are fantastic at keeping your body well hydrated especially in the warmer climates and after long runs, which we experienced a lot of at our recent training camp.”

Ross commented on the Hydro Tabs by saying

“Hydration is one of the most important aspects of nutrition for me so to have a simple and effective product like this is key.”

Last but not least we have Lauren Howarth (above left) and Ben Connor (below). Ben already off to a winning start to the year at the Northern CX champs can also be found competing on the track and road. His favourite products is the Caramel Anytime Bar, pure and simply because it is a perfect tasty snack after a hard training session.

Not only is Lauren an accomplished athlete with an impressive list of GB representations, she is also a qualified Doctor and for the past few years has worked hard to combine running with working as a Junior Doctor in Wigan. Her favourite product is the Vanilla Super Protein sachet.

“It tastes amazing and is easy to consume straight after training either mixed in porridge or as a drink.”

We look forward to bringing you more from the team over the course of the year. For more information about the team members and some great blogs head to Team New Balance Manchester website.

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