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Why we chose to get Informed Sport certified

Why we chose to get Informed Sport certified

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked if our gels are Informed Sport @wetestyoutrust certified and I’m always so happy to reply “Yes, they are!”. For those of you that might not have heard of it before, Informed Sport is a global testing and certification programme. It provides assurance to athletes that products carrying the Informed Sport mark have been tested for prohibited substances and manufactured to high-quality standards.Before starting VALA, I had no idea about the huge importance and implications of banned substance testing. It was only when spoke to Triathlon Coach Rich Emmett @emmporiatriathlon prior to our first...

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VALA is chosen as Runner's World UK 'Best in Test'

VALA is chosen as Runner's World UK 'Best in Test'

Huuuuge thanks to each and every one of you that has commented and messaged to show some love for our Runner’s World feature! I really do appreciate each and every message of support and am so grateful for our incredible VALA crew 🙏🏻If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the mag yet, here’s what @runnersworlduk had to say about our “BEST IN TEST” gels...“A paste more than a gel, VALA’s blend of maple syrup, squished dates, powdered chia seeds, Welsh sea salt, lemon and lime juice creates a rarity: a gel you can actually look forward to...

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VALA has made it to Everest... with Mostafah Salamen

VALA has made it to Everest... with Mostafah Salamen

Exciting news, VALA crew... we’ve made it all the way to Everest 🏔🙌🏻🤯Huge thank you to the absolutely incredible @mostafasalameh for the opportunity to fuel up his team on their Everest expedition. Everest has always been on my wish list so to see our little VALA sachets all the way out in Nepal is an absolute dream come true!Stay tuned for more updates as Mostafa and his crew continue their ascent! ✌🏻

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VALA X BRAV socks have landed!

VALA X BRAV socks have landed!

A few months back I did a post asking what VALA merchandise you’d like to see us release next. There was one request that kept coming up: “VALA green BRAV socks”.Inspired by our crew’s love of VALA green and the world’s BEST sports socks, I caught up with Adam (BRAV’s founder) and said “Ad, the people have spoken... they want a VALA green @bravendurance sock collab”. Adam replied “Well, let’s give the people what they want” (or something along those lines! 😂) and the rest is history, as they say.So, my green sock loving friends, ask you shall receive! Here you have...

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TOP THREE TIPS: Ryan Stephens on building a resilient mindset

TOP THREE TIPS: Ryan Stephens on building a resilient mindset

This week's guest post comes from friend of VALA Ryan Stephens @ryanstephens___, who is a Mindset Coach and Ultra Marathon Runner from Swansea, South Wales. Ryan is a beginner Surfer and has recently teamed up with Surf Therapy CIC to create Mindset & Surf Therapy workshops that combine his passion for being active with mindset coaching.Here are Ryan's Top 3 Tips for anyone looking to develop a more positive and resilient mindset:TAKE TIME FOR YOUSome of our best ideas and realisations happen when we get that little bit of time to self-reflect, where we’re focused on ourselves and not on the things...

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VALA review round-up

VALA review round-up

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that takes the time to share their VALA reviews. It honestly makes my day to see how much you enjoy using our gels when you're out and about. My mission when starting VALA was to “Create an energy gel that athletes can look forward to eating". That phrase has become our mantra (although "Energy gels that don't make you 💩 yourself" came a close second 😂). Judging by the feedback that you lovely lot have sent over, it looks like we've achieved both... winner! 🤘🏻Peep some of the latest gel reviews below and if you haven't already...

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