My best present ... Petzl Tikka headtorch

Petzl Tikka PLUS LED Headtorch
Price: from £30
Available: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com

A strange choice, you may say, when surely there are presents more exciting and glamorous that must be showered upon a gorgeous being such as myself.

Let me explain ...

I am slightly mad, being an early morning jogger, winter and summer, whatever the weather. I realise my folly every cold, damp, dark morning, when the daily jog seems as appealing as a double consultation with my favourite heartsink followed by a ward round at the local nursing home.

I recently moved from the bright lights of Leicester city centre to deepest darkest Surrey: half a mile up an unadopted, unlit, pot-holed road, where lots of lovely, tall trees block the first rays of light ensuring that day does not break until about 8am, by which time all good girls like me should really be at work.

Initially undaunted, I relied on carrot vision and the occasional passing car's headlights. Finding this a fairly unpredictable and at times dangerous method, I started running carrying a bike headlight. This showed me how much my hands moved independently to the rest of my body, but very little about the location of the pot-holes.

One day, when shopping, my husband happened upon the headtorch. Reading the box, it sounded like what I needed, a comfortable, elasticated headband, with directional beam, variable intensity of light, and even the option of a strobe effect for which I haven't yet found a use.

It doesn't make me sweat - on winter's mornings I'm happy if I avoid hypothermia - doesn't slip down and has been very reliable over the past 13 months of ownership.

It's also perfect for dog-walking in the dark, my dogs are lazy, and won't exercise without their personal trainer. Now none of us has an excuse.

- Dr Sara Jones is a GP in Lightwater, Surrey.

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