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Monthly Archives: July 2019

‘The Basics’ – Hydration

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‘The Basics’ – a regular look at the simple elements which make running gear useful to the runner. Explanations for those who don’t yet know, along with some facts to cut through the marketing nonsense out there, of which there is plenty! Part one was Midsoles Part two was Outsoles   This one’s quick, but very important. In a nutshell: Hydration is the process of consuming and storing water. It is vital for the efficient running of all our bodily functions and maintaining a healthy/safe temperature. Drinking water is good for you, especially when exercising.  Very especially on hot days, … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Six – Salt Cellar Fell Race

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  Another day, another fell race…. And another incredible fixture in the 2019 Gritstone Series – supported once again by inov-8 All Terrain Running! Without further ado… Salt Cellar Fell Race:     Official stats: Round 6 (Short): Salt Cellar Fell Race, Friday 2nd August, 7:00pm Start under Dam at north end of Ladybower Reservoir, register at Fairholmes, GR SK 173893 Distance: 10.9km / 6.8m Climb: 486m / 1594ft £6 pre entry https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=118232 or £9 on day Records: Tom Saville (2015) – 49:34 and Judith Jepson (2013) – 62:08 Race Organisers: www.steelcitystriders.co.uk Proceeds to Edale Mountain Rescue   The course: LK – Local Knowledge … Continue reading

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‘The Basics’ – Clothing

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‘The Basics’ – a regular look at the simple elements which make running gear useful to the runner. Explanations for those who don’t yet know, along with some facts to cut through the marketing nonsense out there, of which there is plenty! Part one was Midsoles Part two was Outsoles Today – it’s clothing. There’s clothing and there’s clothing. We’ll use the common T-Shirt, or ‘Tee’ as our example. For running purposes, there are certain priorities: Moisture Management Temperature Regulation Bacteria Management Anti-Chafe Weather Resistance UV Protection Use within a layering system… Let’s take a look at these criteria in … Continue reading

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Screw this!

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  Saucony have taken a bold step and released trail shoes which openly invite the user to customise them… By drilling holes in them, or screwing screws into the underside. And before you dismiss the idea, think about the possibilities. We all appreciate a good trail shoe.  Comfort over an outright fell shoe, but more responsive and protective than the softer road alternatives.  The studs you find on most trail shoes offer traction and if made of the correct rubber, a lot of grip as well.  But only to a point.  No one shoe will work on all surfaces.  In … Continue reading

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Polar Ignite Review – completely plagiarised by Houghboy

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In an unprecedented move, I’ve literally ripped off another review here, because I couldn’t say it any better. So courtesy of Mr. Duncan Bell via T3.com, here is a review of the all new Polar Ignite, a watch which has me excited, since it looks great, features colour touch screen and state of the art wrist based heart rate, but most importantly, might actually last for the time it takes me to complete an ultra distance event!  Oh and the price is what you’d expect from something ‘entry level’, which I assure you, this ain’t. If, like me, you fall … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Five – Great Hucklow Fell Race

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  Coming up in the Gritstone Series next week, Sunday 7th July, 11:00am – is the Great Hucklow Fell Race. Okay, so the first thing is, looking at the official web page, they almost don’t want you to get there! Here’s the section on reaching the race on time… “Registration, start and finish are all at Great Hucklow Primary School, Great Hucklow (SK 178 781 map). Registration will be open by 9.30am or so and closes at 10.30am. Registration is close to the race start, but for most will be a fair walk from car parking. Bus – Travelling from … Continue reading

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On Running Cloudstratus – first look…

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  You can have too much of a good thing…… ….but sometimes – MORE is MORE!   Meet Cloudstratus.  The all new deep cushion, high miler from On. These ‘double-decker’ shoes, at first glance take some getting used to, but boy are they equipped with some serious cushioning?! But cushioning alone can be too much of a good thing, unless stable.  Which is why Swiss running engineers On have fashioned the Cloudstratus in such a way that it still remains structured enough for a responsive ride, strong push off and a feeling of comfort throughout what may, for many, prove … Continue reading

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