It’s not very often that I get to write a review. Coming across any type of shoe in a size 14 can be hard work. When it came to getting my hands on a pair of the new Altra Lone Peak 7, I was excited for a new experience on the trails.
- Trail running
- 0mm Drop 25mm stack height
- 314g in men’s 8UK
- 262g in women’s 6UK
Straight out of the box
Wow, just look at the size of them. I know it shouldn’t surprise me but it just amazes me how big they actually are. Sliding them on, my initial thoughts are they feel great. They feel very spacious in the toe box which allows my toes to relax while still having a secure fit around the heel. When lacing them up they feel very lightweight, like I’ve got nothing on my feet. Which I appreciate as I’m already quite a big heavy lad.
Famously, Altra are known for their zero drop shoes. This is something that I haven’t tried before and I and looking forward to giving it a go. Now it’s time to get them onto the trails!
First few miles
For my first test run in the Altra Lone Peak 7, I hit the trails of a very muddy Rivelin Valley. They felt plush under foot and could handle everything that the valley threw at them. From loose gravel to boggy water logged paths, they got me through with ease.
The spacious toe box feels amazing as my feet can splay out naturally. The MAXTRAC rubber lugs and a new outsole pattern gives fantastic grip and traction in thick mud. The Altra Ego midsole feels very responsive which makes the ride on the trails go by like a dream, not needing much effort!
After about 7k down the valley, they felt just as good as when I first put them on. No aches, no rubbing, a shoe I would happily wear all day.
After a few more runs up and down the valley, they still feel just as good as the first run. The wide-fitting toe box and well cushioned midsole giving them a great level of comfort. Making the ride feel like a dream no matter the trail. This is complemented by the MAXTRAC rubber lugs which have given me confidence that I won’t slip even on wet and muddy trails.
If you looking for a wider-fitting shoe to take you on most trails, the Lone Peak 7 should definitely be on your list to try.
You can find the Men’s Here and Women’s Here. Alternatively, pop on down to the shop and give them a try.
Team Accelerate Athlete Dot Kesterton has had a rollercoaster of a 2022 with plenty of ups and downs throughout the year. Keep reading to find out how she got on and what challenges she’s faced throughout the year.
Climber Karen Darke, lying on her back in hospital having broken her back in a climbing accident, watched the 2008 Olympics on TV, saw the recumbent cycling and decided she would give it a go. she opened a blank page on the computer and wrote ‘London Olympics, 2012.’ Karen went on to be a silver medalist in London and champion Olympic paracyclist in Rio 2016.
Karen’s determination has inspired me throughout my running career. Her absolute refusal to give up on a challenge gave me the confidence to run my first marathon in 2012, run for GB Masters in Europe in 2019 and this year to go to Finland to pit myself against the fastest women in my age in the World Athletics Championships 2022.
After a pretty awful couple of years without much competition I, like Karen, mentally opened a new page in my imaginary computer at the beginning of this year and wrote, ‘World Masters Athletics, Finland, 2022.’ The act of committing that to paper, virtually or otherwise is a huge step towards realising and achieving the goal. I would be at the very start of a new age group giving me an advantage over other athletes of my age and I was running well in both Cross Country and road races.
Every training session, parkrun and race in the run up to Finland had to count towards the competition. I planned fewer races but made 100% effort in those I entered which helped me build mentally and physically during the spring and into the summer. Among the highlights were Endcliffe Parkrun at the end of May with a time of 22.08, 100.6% age grading and Rotherham 10k again in May in 46.22 with 96.98% AG. It was the boost I needed to take me to Finland.
The Masters Athletics Championships were a great success. Finland with 954 athletes came first followed by Germany and USA. GB took fourth place overall, a good result given that the team was represented by fewer than 300 athletes. I came home with a gold in Cross Country team event along with Anne Dockery and Ros Tabor; individual gold in the 10k road race (see separate race report) and a surprise silver in the 4x100m track relay when I replaced an injured runner.
Within days of my return home, I succumbed to Covid 19 which sadly meant I was unable to run as torch bearer in the Commonwealth Games Torch Relay. With my goals for the year achieved I was able to rest and recover over the summer and take first V70 in the England Masters 10k road race in Bristol in September. Disappointingly a minor knee injury prevented me taking up a place in the Home International Cross-Country Championships in Dublin in November but I was able to end the year with a ninth win over four age categories at Percy Pud in December.
Results in 2022
||Alsager Road race
||93.07%AG. 8thV65 UK rankings.
16th F of 165.
||YVAA XC champs, Norfolk Park.
||Windmill 6, Huddersfield
||BMAF Road Champs, Grangemouth
Anne White 1st.
||BMAF road relays, Sutton Park.
||1st V65 individual and team
||Lakeland Trails, Staveley
||Rotherham road race.
||WMA XC, Tampere, Finland
|GB V70 team Gold.
||WMA road champs, Tampere, Finland
||V70 World Champion
||EMA representation race, Bristol
||EMA XC selection race, Derby.
||Yuko Gordon 1st.
||Percy Pud road race, Sheffield
||93.21% AG. 9th win at PP over 4 age groups.
Running Stats for 2022:
Runs – 268
Distance – 1990k
Time – 239 hours
Elevation – 36,168m
Uk ranked 2nd V70 F 10k road.
UK ranked 2nd V70 F Parkrun
UK ranked 2nd V70 Overall.
World Masters Athletics V70 World Champion, 10k road.
Coach: John Rothwell
Strength and conditioning support: Accelerate Running Company
Physio/Running Rehab: Sally Fawcett.
Club: Steel City Striders, Smiley Paces, Northern Masters.