WHEN looking for a trail or off-road running shoe, it’s often all about the grip. However, given that no two paths are the same, careful consideration is required. What’s the terrain like where you’ll wear the shoes the most? If you’ll be negotiating soft, wet and muddy conditions then look for deeper lugs. For tackling gravel tracks and forest trails then more evenly spaced lugs will work better. When it comes to cushioning, consider how hard the ground will be; if it’s soft then you’ll be fine in low-profile shoes, but on those firmer tracks reasonable cushioning will be called for.
WHEN it comes to ‘over-pronation’, a common question is ‘how much is over?’. With no hard and fast rules, it’s best to choose a shoe that instinctively feels right. Gait analysis can often assist in helping you make this choice and your specialist running store is always a good place to start if in doubt. To help you make that choice, here’s a selection of some of the best ‘support’ shoes around.
Need for speed
THE racing shoe segment of the market is becoming somewhat split. This is partially due to the rise of carbon-plated footwear but also the fact that many shoes are becoming much lighter. Here we take a look at some of the leading contenders to toe the line in.
You'd have had to have been running on a different planet to miss all the recent debate about carbon-plated shoes. The talk of bans and performance enhancement has been so widespread that even non-runners are asking their running friends about the potentially magical footwear.
Tributes for Lindsay Dunn
BRENDAN FOSTER, CHARLIE SPEDDING AND OTHERS SAY FAREWELL TO ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST PROLIFIC AND ADMIRED ENDURANCE COACHES
TRAVEL TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS IN DECEMBER FOR A RACECATION LIKE NO OTHER
Tokyo Olympics are postponed
2020 GAMES AND PARALYMPICS ARE NOW SET TO TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR
Switching your focus
FIVE-TIME OLYMPIAN JO PAVEY TELLS EUAN CRUMLEY WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND YOUR ADAPTABILITY IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON TRAINING
IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS, MATT LONG ENCOURAGES YOU TO IMPROVISE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY WHILE JOHN SHEPHERD PROVIDES SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS AND PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
In my genes
OUR SERIES ON OLYMPIANS AND THEIR OFFSPRING CONTINUES WITH TRIPLE JUMPERTURNED-CHEF FRANCIS AGYEPONG AND HIS DAUGHTER CASSIOPEIA
Peta Bee looks at some of the latest sports nutrition advice – and finds a host of store cupboard essentials can help boost your performance
WHO WOULD COME OUT ON TOP IF FIVE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING HEPTATHLETES OF RECENT YEARS COMPETED AGAINST EACH OTHER AT THE PEAK OF THEIR POWERS? MEL WATMAN HAS THE STATISTICS AND TAKES US THROUGH THIS FANTASY CONTEST
The most generous man in the sport
BRITISH MILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN AND ATHLETICS FAN BARRIE WELLS HAS HELPED JESSICA ENNIS-HILL, KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON AND OTHERS REACH THEIR POTENTIAL WITH HIS SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT. JASON HENDERSON MEETS THE MOST GENEROUS MAN IN ATHLETICS
How To Prime Your Immunity
Taking steps to shore your body’s defences has never been more important. Here’s how to do it, says Peta Bee
“When I crossed the ine in Beijing I couldn't contain myself”
IN THE LATEST OF OUR SERIES, 2008 AND 2012 100m CHAMPION SHELLY-ANN FRASER PRYCE RECALLS HER OLYMPIC EXPERIENCES
The Young ones
ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND PLACING A REAL FOCUS ON THE FUNDAMENTALS IS THE SECRET TO COACH’S GROWING SUCCESS STORY, AS EUAN CRUMLEY DISCOVERS
Revitalising club competition
THE BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE AND UK WOMEN’S LEAGUE ARE JOINING FORCES TO CREATE A NATIONAL ATHLETICS LEAGUE AND DANIEL REES LOOKS AHEAD TO THE NAL’S INAUGURAL SEASON WHICH KICKS OFF IN EARLY MAY, CORONAVIRUS PERMITTING
UKA’S DOMESTIC ATHLETICS OPERATIONS MANAGER DONNA FRASER ON HOW ADJUSTING FOR NEW STEEPLECHASE RULES IS AN EXAMPLE OF AN EVER-CHANGING SPORT
Continental Cup no more
WORLD ATHLETICS SCRAPS AN EVENT WHICH SAW MANY MEMORABLE RACES
Class of 2020
AROUND 2000 OF THE NATION’S TOP TEENAGE CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNERS DEFIED CORONAVIRUS FEARS TO RACE AT A MUDDY SEFTON PARK
WITH ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL THE NEXT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS, AUSTRALIA’S MOUNT PANORAMA MOTOR RACING CIRCUIT IS STEPPING UP PREPARATIONS FOR A SPORTING CONTEST OF A VERY DIFFERENT KIND
A fresh start
UK ATHLETICS CHAIR NIC COWARD IS KEEN TO PRIORITISE COACH DEVELOPMENT AND LONG-TERM PLANNING AS HE STARTS WORKING WITH THE GOVERNING BODY’S NEW CEO JOANNA ADAMS THIS WEEK
English Schools Survival At Stake
Covid-19 could lead to ESAA losing thousands this summer
Covid-19: Athletics Events Are Wiped Out
Unprecedented calendar changes due to Covid-19
Kathleen the great
KATHLEEN STEWART SETS ONE WORLD AND TWO BRITISH MARKS ON A RECORD-BREAKING MASTERS WEEKEND.
Zak attacks Olympic year
STEEPLECHASER ZAK SEDDON HOPES TO BUILD ON HIS 8:21.28 PB FROM 2019.
The man who took down Mo's mark
MARC SCOTT SPEAKS TO JASON HENDERSON ABOUT BREAKING MO FARAH’S EUROPEAN INDOOR 5000m RECORD AND NAILING THE ALL-IMPORTANT OLYMPIC QUALIFYING MARK.