Several folks have asked what camera I use for my photos and video. It’s a Canon PowerShot A400. The tech spec is: 3.2 megapixel 2.2x zoom expanding to 7x digital zoom. It records WMA video and I use a 1GB SD memory card which is good for over 600 photos. The truth is it’s a bit dated at the ripe old age of 4 years old but I have found it to be very robust; I’ve dropped it several times and reasonably waterproof; I've used it on wet bike rides, it’s nothing super fancy just very functional.
I also have a Gorilla Grip tripod knockoff, sourced from eBay and made in, you guessed it, China and cost me the enormous investment of $1.99. While not as robust as the original made by Joby, at the price and for what I use it for; plonking onto the dusty trail or wrapping around a tree branch, I have even wrapped it around my handlebars and videoed a 45mph downhill on my bike (note the wheelbuckling impact at a 1:30)!
In summary this combination does exactly the job I need it to do. A quick search on eBay revealed that you can pick up an A400 for the potential budget breaking cost of $2.50! So for less that the price of three gels you too could be snapping your runs for posterity!