November 2016

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low Review / Introduction

Introducing the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low A Quick Note: At the moment our suppliers only provide the mens model. NeoShell is the waterproof version of Altra’s most popular trail running shoe, the Lone Peak. Like all Altra shoes it is Zero Drop (flat) to promote a more midfoot landing and has a broader more rounded toe box to allow and encourage your feet to spread on impact. This is the natural motion of the foot and helps to cushion and stabilise your body as well as giving you... Read More

Altra Paradigm 2.0 Review / Testing

Altra Paradigm 2.0 – Tested & Compared to It’s Younger Siblings Testing Day 1:  The important wear in! Worn indoors for two hours.   Day 2: House test (b) as before, but for four hours.   Day 4: A short 2.5 mile road/path run, followed by 8 hours indoors at the Northern Runner store and the 2.5 miles back.  Total time almost 9 hours of wearing them.  It has a great, wide foot shaped toe box like the two iterations before (and most Altra shoes).  Zero drop doesn’t mean uncomfortable–these are very well... Read More


Eskdale Eureka Fell Race 2016

The next event in the Dave Parry Winter Fell Race Series is the Eskdale Eureka on Sunday 4th December 2016. The Start/Finish/Registration is from the car park above Dibble, West end of Castleton, Castleton, North Yorkshire (Grid Ref NZ 680078). Entry is £6 on the day only and the fun starts at 10.30am. The route is about 8 miles long with 1500 feet of ascent. The terrain varries from little tracks through the heather to rocky bridleways and muddy paths. Fell Shoes or very grippy trail shoes would be best.... Read More

Running with a Head Torch

Head Torches for Those Dark Nighttime Runs Head Torches have developed a lot in a short space of time. Gone are the large chunky torches with bulbs and heavy battery packs. Instead we have lighter and more powerful torches using modern LED’s to choose from. The price of a decent head torch has also dropped and the choice has gone up. So, here are a few pointers to think about before you make your head torch purchase. Shop – Invest in a head torch for as little as £20-25 here at Read More

Fell em Doom 5km

Ashington Hirst Running Club are hosting the “Fell em Doon”. 5km on Sunday 11th December 10.30am start. For more details see the link below:…/ashington-hirst-running-cl…/ [] The name comes from the Ashington coal mine which was developed in 1846. It was known as “Fell em Doon”. Literally this would mean fall them down, but it probably refers to the sinking of the main pit shaft. The coal produced from the mine was sold locally. Our 5 km route is on what was the pit heap before it was reclaimed; this... Read More

Ashington Hirst Running Club Fell Em Doon 5km Entry Details

Ashington Hirst Running Club Presents “Fell Em Doon” festive 5km. Sunday 11th December 2016 at 10:30 am Ashington Community Woods Supported by Northern Runner: 52 Low Friar Street, Newcastle. http: Start/Finish: Ashington Community Woods (Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9JX) Finishers: medal, goody bag, water. Prizes: 1, 2, 3 (M/F) and 1st O 40, O 50, O 60 (M/F) Number Collection: On the day (Race HQ is the Scout Hut Reiverdale Road, NE63 9YY) Parking is limited but main car park is at Race HQ, please car share. Bag storage... Read More