March 2011

Do you remeber: Sam Carey running London Marathon in barefeet ?

When the barefoot running debate is discussed everyone talks about the africian runners running barefoot. Abibe Bikila winning the Olympic Marathon in Rome in 1960 in 2 hours 15 minutes with no shoes. Well what about Sam Carey from Sheffield who ran London Marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes 54 seconds to finish 30th in the 1991 World Cup event (GB won the Men’s Team event). I think the story was that he started with shoes but, they where rubbing his feet so he took them off and ran the... Read More

Glaisdale Rigg Results and Report

An overcast day with an odd hint of rain did not dampen the spirits of the athletes on this inaugural run at Glaisdale. It might have been chilly but many were looking forward to the Arncliffe Arms chilli at the end. On a serious note some runners were seen not to carry the appropriate kit for winter events and I must give this warning that there will be a kit check at the next two events in particular – you have been warned it is not acceptable behaviour! Back to... Read More

Barefoot/Minimalist Running Debate

The barefoot running debate is getting very confusing for most runners, especially if you have successfully used quality running shoes. We have customers who have come into Northern Runner with aches and pains, usually shin splints or knee niggles, and gone away with the correct shoes that have resolved these problems. As the shoes wear out the niggles often return and you buy new shoes and they go away again. We are using the technology in the running shoe to prevent injury. The barefoot brigade argue that the shoe is... Read More

ON Running’s Cloudrunner is on it’s way

Following on from the success of On Running’s first shoe , the Lightweight Trainer, On is launching the Cloudrunner. This shoe offers a bit more stability making it more suitable to the mild pronator and the heavier or heavier footed runners. This is what On say’s: “Concrete made easy. The Cloudrunner features On’s patented CloudTec™ 3D cushioning system that absorbs both vertical and horizontal forces. Heavy impact is transformed into a light, natural run that stimulates your postural muscles. The Cloudrunner is designed for high-impact runs, long training sessions and... Read More

Great Langdale Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 3km Family Fun Run

We now have entry forms for the Great Langdale Marathon, 1/2 marathon and 3km Family Fun Run. These events are on Saturday 25th September in 2011. The marathon is without doubt one of the most challenging in the country. It is also one of the most bueatiful. Should anyone feel light of feet and fancy a challenge there is £100 cash prize for a new course record (Current record 2hrs 41 minutes 55 seconds).

Glaisdale Rigg

We had a fun day at the Glaisdale Rigg yesterday. The newest race in the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Winter Fell Race Series. As it was a new race all the winners set course records. Paul Butler (Loftus and Whitbey) won the men’s in a time just under the hour. Fiona Blackett (Durham Fell Runners) won the ladies in just over 67 minutes. Photo’s and results to follow. The next race in the series is the Blackey Blitz on Sunday 27th March. This is the toughest race in the series. It... Read More

Gisborough Moors Fell Race Sunday 10th April 2011

The 34th running of the classic Gisborough Moors Fell Race will mark the end of the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Winter Fell Race Series 2010/2011. Click here to get an entry form. Gisborough Moors is a classic not just because of it’s 34 year history but, because the route taking in the best and most iconic peaks in the area. The race route climbs out of Gisborough through the trees and then sets of across the moors on a good bridleway. In April this can be a fast dash across the... Read More