WITH such a diverse sport that features so many differing disciplines, events, equipment and apparatus, one of the key parts of my role in recent times has been to ensure the changes in rules and requirements are fully delivered to the sport, competition providers and clubs.
Even as an ex-athlete it has come as an eye-opener to me. All I needed was my lane, some starting blocks and my spikes!
That said, there is a real plus point to working in a sport where we continue to look, tweak and work with the rules to ensure athletes can transition between age groups, especially with some of the more technical events, making sure we retain gifted young athletes through to senior competition.
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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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A Light From Within
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KATE GETS BACK TO WORK
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