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Best in Test 2017: Equipment – Accessories

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  Accessories.  Those little extras.  They add value to your running experience.  Or at least, they should.  While optional, many of them make a big difference when you’re battling extremes of temperature, or terrain.  Some exist merely to add a little fun.  Others can prove so useful, you wouldn’t know how to cope without them. Here then, is our breakdown of the top three contenders from the ‘Accessory’ category, introduced over the last year: Ultimate Direction Flexform 350: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I’ve never been a fan of the Soft Flask.  Perhaps because of the time … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017: Clothing

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  There’s been plenty of new clothing for 2017. Inov-8 updated many pieces, improving fabrics and the fit, which has produced an enviable range. Patagonia continue to do what they do best, with recycled materials and ethics beyond compare.  Their range throughout 2017 has been practical, colourful and comfortable, with the benefit of knowing that the quality and finish are virtually unsurpassed. Scott revealed a race kit range made of super lightweight fabric and bonded hems, which tied together their entire race collection with a bold black&yellow theme throughout.  From footwear to equipment, they designed everything to look good on … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Trail Shoes

Posted on by Run Stu

There has been plenty of new and updated Trail shoes this last year and thinning the list down to a handful of contenders has been tough enough. Sometimes trail footwear has to be so much more than just a shoe for the rough and ready, it also has to be robust and something that can be taken for short periods ‘off trail’. Some are designed for rocky conditions, others for muddy trails and others for longer runs so comfort becoming an increasingly important factor.  The cross over in-fact could be deemed a mind field and time spent deciding on the … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Road Running Shoe

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When it came to innovation during 2017 there has been little to get excited about. Saucony, have led the way in increasing the distribution of its Everun midsole compound which was launched in 2016. So there has definitely been more options available through their range via a number of updates. So with that in mind who are this years contenders: New Balance 1080V8: We definitely liked this high mileage and ever popular training shoe for its – Stable Running Platform – Great fit across a range of feet – High levels of cushioning – Availability of widths On Running CloudFlow: … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Hybrid Running Shoe

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It is an often asked for shoe type, something that has enough cushioning and is hardwearing enough for road yet can also be taken off road – often it is those that are new or occasional runners and those looking for an ultra shoe. So it’s quite an ask. It really has come down to two contenders as there has been so little going on in this category, yet both have something different to offer and both have proved themselves to be popular across a spectrum of runners. The contenders: Saucony Koa TR – First reviewed here >> A brand … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017: Equipment – Packs.

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2017- a mixed ‘bag’ where equipment is concerned. Plenty of product carries over from the 2015/16 range, but one or two updates or tweaks have made a big difference. So, not so much about the all new, as the evolution of modern classics.   Here then, are the contenders for ‘Best in Test 2017’. Ultimate Direction Signature Series ‘Anton Krupicka’ Mountain Vest 3.0 (already winner of biggest mouth full). Introduced back in Spring ’16 – due for update sometime in 2018, but for now – far and away the leading vest in Accelerate’s generous range.  The reasons: – 11Litres storage … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017…

Posted on by Run Stu

OK, we do this every year. We always get around to what we think have been the best products that the store has had on its shelves and that we have had the good fortune to have a play with this last year. So this year we thought, well, ‘We could pass on our thoughts…’ So there you have it, we’ve put our heads together and by the end of the year we will have reviewed our ‘Best in Test 2017’.  It will be kit, shoes and gear we have actually tested – and there is a lot off it.  … Continue reading

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Dodging Bullets

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  Once again the High Peak Marathon evades.  Once again, that might not be such a bad thing. Still recovering very slowly from Sesamoid Bone/Tendon/Muscle aggro, I recently agreed to join a friend’s team and see what came of the entry (famously tight, with very few places available). 42 miles, at night, in early March, with snow most years and reducing me to a gruesome jog/walk over the final 12 miles across Kinder scout/Brown Knoll/Rushup Edge.  I had at that time promised myself that if I EVER entered again, I’d first be in such great shape that I could run … Continue reading

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Taking Ownership

Posted on by Team Accelerate

  Motivation comes in many forms. As a fairly competitive soul a large part of my training focus is derived from a determination to improve, or at the very least this year, to not regress. But this selfish pursuit is counterbalanced by a deep set wanderlust, a desire to explore on foot and at speed the landscapes around us. Such exploration has granted a certain sense of ownership. Whilst I can understand and apply a route along the Porter Valley into the Peaks by using an OS map, the features laid out on the grid are not necessarily the defining … Continue reading

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Training and Racing Review

Posted on by Run Stu

For me it’s that time of year. Training and Race Planning for next year alongside the athletes I work with. From now until the same time next year, with ongoing review through the coming months, this is an important process. There is so much to think through, far too many events in the calendar that excite or represent a challenge. For some it is about the competition and entering a race series, perhaps looking at selection races for international representation. Yet the simplicity of just choosing a selection of races for some is planning enough.  If only it was that … Continue reading

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