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On Cloud X Running Shoes Review | On Sale Now at Northern Runner

On Cloud X Running Shoes Review — It’s obvious when you look at an On shoe that they are a bit different to other brands. They are constructed to work with your feet and not replace them. The cushioning is separated out into ‘clouds’ on the bottom of the shoe to encourage your feet to function inside it! That is rather than curl up in a ball and rely on the shoes’ cushioning. On shoes also have speed boards inside, which are effectively hidden plastic insoles that are designed to... Read More

Gisborough Moors Fell Race 2018

The next race in the Dave Parry Winter Fell Race Series is Gisborough Moors Race on Sunday 15th April 2018. This will be the final race in the Winter Series unless the resceduled Blakey Blitz goes ahead on the 29th April which was called off due to the snow in March. Registration/start/finish is at Guisborough Rugby Club. Entry is £5 on the day only and the race starts at 10.30am. The route is about 12.5 miles with about 2600 feet of ascent. First held in 1977 Gisborough Moors has become... Read More

Altra Duo Zero Drop Running Shoes Review | The Duo is In Stock Now

Altra Duo — High cushioned or maximal cushioned running shoes are usually designed for the long slow ‘plods’. The easy Sunday runs. The cushioning is soft with little energy return and the shoes are all about comfort & protection. Altra’s new maximum cushioning shoe, the Duo, is different. This is a maximum cushioning shoe built for speed. As you would expect, the Duo is incredibly light at 224g (for a UK8). This is even more amazing when you consider that the midsole is 30mm thick. This weight is achieved by... Read More

Derwent Reservoir Trail Races 2018

Have you signed up to run around Derwent Reservoir, the second largest reservoir in the region after Kielder? There’s still time! In 2017, Run Peterlee hosted the inaugural 7 mile trail race around the beautiful Derwent Reservoir. It was a great success and so on May 20, 2018, we’ll be doing it all over again. There’ll be a 5k event (starting at 9:00) and a 7 mile event (starting at 10:00). Derwent Reservoir is on the border between county Durham and Northumberland, so 7 mile runners will run half of... Read More

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Blakey Blitz Fell Race 2018

The next race in the Dave Parry Winter Fell Race Series is the Blakey Blitz on Sunday 18th March 2018 organised by Esk Valley Fell Club. Registration is at the Lion Inn, Blackey Ridge, Nr Castleton, Kirbymoorside YO62 7LQ (Grid Ref NZ 678998 ). Entry is £5 on the day only and the race starts at 10.30am. The route is about 10.6 miles long with 2600 feet or so of ascent making it an AM category fell race. The terrain is a mixture of rough tracks, slippy paving stones and... Read More

Hoka Cavu Review Part 1: Intro | In Stock Now at NorthernRunner.com

Hoka Cavu Review Part 1: A Short Introduction — The Hoka Cavu is part of Hoka’s new Fly Collection or PROFLY cushioning range of shoes. They are neutral, responsive training shoes. Ideal for faster paced runs but with enough cushioning for day to day miles too. At 230 grams for a men’s UK 8.5 they are certainly lightweight road running shoes. The initial heel strike is soft but not soggy, although not as pillow like as the heavier cushioned Hoka Clifton etc.. and the forefoot is firm and responsive to encourage... Read More

Topo Fli-Lyte 2 Review | In Stock at Northern Runner

Topo Fli-Lyte 2 Review — Born from Minimal Material & Maximum Natural Movement For many runners Topo is a new or unheard of brand. Topo was launched in 2013 by Tony Post, who has been in the footwear industry for 40 years. The goal was to not follow the industry gimmicks and trends and instead provide footwear that encourages a better running experience through instinctive and natural movement. As well as running a 2hr 25min marathon at Boston, Tony was also the guy that ran London and New York Marathons... Read More

Inov-8 X-Talon 230 Review | We Now Stock the X-Talon 230 at Northern Runner

Inov-8 X-Talon 230 Review — History: The X-talon 212 The first Inov-8 X-Talon to hit the market was the X-Talon 212. This was launched as a cross country racing shoe. It was very flexible, had 8mm long studs on the outsole that were well spaced out, so they wouldn’t fill with mud and it was light and low profile. It wasn’t long before the top fell runners in the country where also using the X-Talon 212 for fell racing. The sticky rubber gave superb grip on wet rock and the... Read More