BOB SMITH died in 2017 aged 61 from cancer, but his unpublished recollections as long-time road and cross-country team manager at Newham & Essex Beagles have been brought to life by his family in a new book called Getting the Buggers to Turn Out.
As the blunt and amusing title suggests, this is a warts-and-all story of his 15 years in a key role at one of Britain’s biggest and most successful athletics clubs. The son of well-known Southampton sprints coach Mike Smith and a former high jumper himself, the author found his true calling when he became team manager of a distance running squad that began in the era of Mike East, Kris Bowditch, Mark Warmby and Dave Mitchinson and went on to include runners like Keith Gerrard, Moumin Geele and a certain Mo Farah.
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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.
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