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Born Free: ten years of the Nike Free

I once heard someone say that the Nike Free is the best selling running shoe ever and whether or not that is true, this year Nike are celebrating 10 years of their iconic, floppy, flexible friend-of-the-foot. As part of the celebration, Nike brought Sean McDowell, Vice President and Creative Director for Nike Running, over from Oregon [...]

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Nike Flyknit Lunar2 review: light, cushioned and bright!

I was recently sent a pair of Nike’s latest Flyknit creation for runners – the Nike Flyknit Lunar2. This is the first Nike shoe that I have had the chance to try out for quite a while and I was excited to see if this would be the Nike shoe for me. Me and Nike [...]

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adidas Supernova Glide Boost review: from cold & wet to warm & sunny!

I am unashamedly a fan of the adidas Boost midsole material technology. In case you are not up to speed on what it is all about, my understanding is that adidas have developed a midsole material (the springy bit that provides the cushioning in running (and indeed most other sports) shoes) that replaces the EVA [...]

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With age comes great wisdom: the ASICS Kayano 20 review

How do you work out the age of a dog in ‘human years’? The rule of thumb is that you multiply the age of your faithful hound by 7. Seven dog years for every human one. Actually that is not particularly accurate because different breeds of dogs live for very different amounts of time. But [...]

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Taking it off-road: a round-up of some of the trail shoes I used in 2013

This year, more then ever before, I was running more and more off-road. At the start of 2013, I tried to nail a decent cross-country season and with the heavy snow that we had throughout the winter, I found myself running in trail shoes more and more. Then after my tilt at the London marathon [...]

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The Saucony Cortana 3 – a Porsche for your feet

Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all have Porsches, I must make amends… Or so the song goes. But for me, I have always thought that the words to that song rang hollow. Why would you want a Mercedes Benz in preference to a Porsche? I’ll be honest, I would [...]

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ASICS Gel Super-J 33 and Muscle Support apparel reviews

Last week I was priveledged to be taken to Milan for the launch of two new lines in the ASICS extensive running range – some new apparel and a new pair of shoes. You can read my introduction to the launch and now, having had a chance to run properly in the tights and the [...]

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What I needed for my summer of ultras: kit review and nutrition

What I needed for my summer of ultras: kit review and nutrition

One of the things that I love about running is the simplicity of it – if the weather is kind, all you need is a pair of shoes, a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of socks and you are ready to go. If you want to be really comfortable you could add a cap and [...]

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Nike’s ‘non-mountain’ shoes: the Nike Free Hyperfeel

I have just returned from Chamonix in the heart of the Alps where I was racing the TNF UTMB CCC: that is The North Face Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc Courmeyeur-Champex-Chamonix race… think I might stick to the acronym! My race was 100km, involved 6000m of vertical ascent and took me a shade over 24 [...]

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adidas adiZero Adios Boost review – good just got better

adidas adiZero Adios Boost review – good just got better

I think that to a greater or lesser extent, all runners are creatures of habit and that is never truer than when it comes to our choice of footwear. The advice from experts and non-experts alike is often: find what works for you and then stick with it. I have friends who find a shoe [...]

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