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Top Trail Shoe Picks

With trail running, it's one of those things where, no matter what the weather is like, you can flash along, walk and climb through copious terrain and hills – there’s, almost, no limit to it. When you're getting within the thick of it, like with any other sport or pastime, having the correct equipment is key to not just get the best out of what you are doing but also enjoy it. If you're a little unsure about it, we have written a beginners guide to getting started here. For trail running, that means, funnily enough, trail shoes. (more…)

REVIEW: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Running Shoe

New season, new shoes and that means the latest model of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS have now been released! Continuing their growth in popularity, the GTS runners are becoming the go-to shoe for those seeking support with not just their running but their feet, too. The 17th generation of the Adrenaline series, have made subtle yet key improvements to the shoe to help to improve as well as sustain high level of comfort throughout your run. (more…)

Trail Running For Beginners

When the time comes, taking a break from the roads and track can be a welcoming one. By all means, if you think that you are in needing a rest, take it, it’s your body simply telling you to slow down or, better yet, if you fancy a change of scenery to reinvigorate your training, then trail running could be a worthy distraction. (more…)

NEHL XC League Report: Druridge Bay – Part Two

As the build up to the Sherman Cup begins to nicely bubble in anticipation , we thought we'd add another PoV take of the recent Duridge Bay XC fixture that took place on the 9th of October. There's been a bit of break since then, but that all changes on the 19th of this month! This very entertaining post comes from Birtley A.C.'s very own Brian Brailes, as he takes us through last years race as well as a detailed documentation of the 2016 fixture.  (more…)

REVIEW: More Mile More Lift 3 Weightlifting Shoes

When it comes to going to the gym or, specifically, weightlifting, applying the correct footwear is key to, not only exercising safely, but also, comfortably, especially as the weight increases. The trend of CrossFit and multipurpose gyms are on the rise, with more and more folk choosing the gym life to stay fit and improve well-being. (more…)

REVIEW: Puma evoSPEED Haraka XCS V3

As winter slowly creeps into the back end of the year, that means only one thing to runners – the XC season HERE! (more…)

A Test of Endurance, It’s The OMM GLENTROOL 2016

This weekend will see one of the most testing and difficult two day events take place on the outdoor calendar – the Original Mountain Marathon Glentrool 2016. With entries now closed, it’s set to be another fantastic event with teams of two are left, self-reliant we must add, to negotiate, wind, rain, hail, sleet, and maybe, if they’re lucky, a bit of sun, carrying the different items, they feel that is required to aid their trek. Almost every element out there will be thrown in the team’s faces to offer the ultimate test and endurance, as they must locate a number of checkpoints spread across 420km2 remote course. On the plus side, entrants will stay in a remote campsite within the mountains, so it’s not all doom and gloom, really, it’s the ultimate outdoor experien [...]

5 Tips For Winter Running

Winter training is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. However, establishing a solid block of training is key to make sure you’re in good shape for the season ahead, whether that’s on the track, roads or trails. There are some points that must be made when training in the colder/darker days, just to be on the safe side. We’ve picked six of, what we feel, are the key elements to enjoy winter training while looking out for yourself. (more…)

REVIEW: TomTom Runner 3 GPS Running Watch

As the clocks countdown to Christmas (yes, we mentioned it!), hints, tips and the occasional nudge when an item has been sighted, will slowly, start to peak within friends and families. (more…)