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20-Feb-17

inov-8 AT/C Tights and Craft Devotion Tights

James spent much of the winter running in tights (or ‘leggings’, to others). Winter in the UK was mild pre-Christmas, but January has seen him run in temperatures predominantly between -5⁰C and +5⁰C, with plenty of mud along the way. He tested two pairs of tights from inov-8 and Craft mostly on the canal path trail as well as the Cotswold Way and Ridgeway.

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17-Feb-17

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 trail shoes

The Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 trail running shoe offers maximum cushioning combined with a grippy and durable Vibram outsole. The brand aims this at runners who like trails and long-distance sessions or races.

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16-Feb-17

Still Not Bionic – Ira Rainey

Still Not Bionic is the second book by Ira. His first, ‘Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon’ was well received. I haven’t read his first book, but knowing how well received it was – and that you didn’t need to have digested that to read Still Not Bionic – I tucked into his second publication…

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26-Jan-17

New Inov-8 Roclite trainers collection

Most ultra runners know about the brand inov-8. No doubt, many runners own a few pairs of inov-8 trainers, whether off-road or road versions. Now the company has launched their redesigned ROCLITE collection.

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11-Jan-17

Five Sport bras

This one is a round-up test review for the female ultra runners, although, if you are a guy, you might be interested in buying your girlfriend/wife the perfect running gift.

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28-Dec-16

Inov-8 Trail Talon 275

The blurb for these Inov-8s says “for long miles on hard packed trails”. I tried them out on trail/mountain bike routes in the Peak District (UK) and also on a couple of longish days on hard-packed sand trails in the Agafay desert in Morocco.

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21-Dec-16

Brooks Cascadia 11 GTX trail running shoes

The Brooks Cascadia 11s feature a Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane. They are meant for trails and offer a neutral fit with a medium width.

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14-Dec-16

THE WHITE ROSE ULTRA 100 - Fireworks, vampire sheep and black ice

Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lord who shares the ups and downs of her first 100 miler on the White Rose Ultra (WRU) on 5th and 6th November 2016. Anne-Marie enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the fireworks on Guy Fawkes night, whilst slogging over the Yorkshire moors and bogs on this tough and challenging event and finds a surprise at the finish line.

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28-Nov-16

Craft Active Extreme 2.0 Base layer

Craft are renowned for their base layers, for good reason. They’ve consistently produced amongst the best in the market for runners and cyclists and the Active Extreme 2.0 is further progression towards the perfect base layer.

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24-Nov-16

Ronhill hydration vests

I associate Ronhill with no-nonsense, practical gear for the hills and this is very much what you get with these two hydration packs. They are designed for different things, the Pioneer having more features and the Nano being very stripped down and race ready.

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