Best In Test: Drinks

Looking for the best drinks to hydrate quickly, boost your energy and aid recovery? Our testers have found them!

high5 zero



Taste: 10


Kindness on stomach: 10


Effectiveness: 10

highfive.co.uk, £6.99 (for tube of 20 tabs)

“I found this drink to be light and refreshing and the perfect energy/hydration boost mid run. I liked the fact they are zero calories and that they could be broken easily into two halves, so I had control over the concentration of my drink. There 
was no aftertaste; it was the perfect way to replace electrolytes. This is now my preferred sports drink and I have already recommended it to other runners.” – Tester, Susan Bonnar

GU Roctane Energy Drink Mix

Taste: 10


Kindness on stomach: 10


Effectiveness: 10

guenergy.co.uk, £38 (for canister containing 12 servings)

“This just works! Its flavour is subtle and no nonsense. I tried the individual sachets and loved their small size. It’s easy 
to mix and kept me hydrated during, and after, my weekly runs and workouts.” – Tester, Caroline Trowbridge

Editor’s comment: “We have two winners in this category, and it’s not surprising as both drinks are popular favourites of runners all over the country. They both taste amazing, are easy to drink during and after a run and really do what they say on the pack. The WR team is looking forward to fuelling our runs this year with both!”

Bio-Synergy Skinny Water

Taste: 9


Kindness on stomach: 10


Effectiveness: 10

bio-synergy.uk, £35 (for 24 bottles)

“Really lovely flavours and taste; different and quirky but not overpowering. Good hydration and helped my recovery post-run.” – Tester, Geraldine Perrier

Product SiS REGO Rapid Recovery


Taste: 8


Kindness on stomach: 9


Effectiveness: 10

sciencein
sport.com, £32 (for 1kg tub)

“This is such an effective product! I didn’t suffer with my usual post long-run fatigue or suffer any irritable leg cramps either. The banana was my favourite, but all flavours are palatable. I tried the individual sachets and found them convenient 
when travelling with work.” – Tester, Caroline Trowbridge

Product Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy

Taste: 8


Kindness on stomach: 9


Effectiveness: 9

onacademy.co.uk, £27.99 
(for 270g tub)

“I really rate this product. It was easy to drink after a run and I found it really helped to boost my energy gels when taken before training. Containing 100mg of caffeine – as well as 5g of amino acids – it’s great for runners who are marathon training, as it not only helps boost alertness pre-run, but supports muscle repair and recovery after training.” – Tester, Laura Kay

Product Herbalife CR7 Drive


Taste: 8


Kindness on stomach: 8


Effectiveness: 8

 herbalife.co.uk, £16.25 (for canister containing 20 servings)

“A good hydration drink to take during exercise. Bit fizzy on first taste, but that settled down and I would mix it a bit earlier before running. Tried the orange flavour but would like to try other flavours.” – Tester, Louise Breckon-Richards

Product TORQ Energy

Taste: 8


Kindness on stomach: 8


Effectiveness: 9

torqfitness.co.uk, £13.99 (for 500g pack)

“Light, refreshing taste, easy to sip, very gentle on the stomach and performed well during training (will be interested in using this while running in hotter weather to really test it out). The whole range is very user-friendly.” – Tester, Tina Chantrey

Product High5 Protein Recovery

Taste: 9


Kindness on stomach: 9


Effectiveness: 9

highfive.co.uk, £15.75 (for nine sachets)

“This is a great recovery powder that mixed easily with water and tasted good. It wasn’t too heavy on the stomach, but gave a feeling that it was supporting your recovery. Combining stretching with using this drink, I felt ready for the next run a lot quicker 
than normal.”– Tester, Paula Williams

Product Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard BCAA

Taste: 9


Kindness on stomach: 9


Effectiveness: 10

onacademy.co.uk, £34.99 (for 266g tub)

“I really liked that you only need two small scoops with just 350ml of water; it’s easy to make up in a large mug if you’re in a rush, making you more likely to fit it in to your routine. The taste is fruity and refreshing, and packed full of nutrients; it’s good if you’re feeling the strain but still have to train hard.” – Tester, Tina Chantrey


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