Cliveden Cross Country 2013

Trail shoes vs road

15 messages
12/12/2012 at 07:17
Not done this one before. Presumably trail shoes are more appropriate than road shoes?

Thanks in advance.
12/12/2012 at 21:33

If it's the same course as last year it involved a bit of everything and I was fine in trail shoes...

Enjoy the steps!! Here's a pic so you know what you're letting yourself in for...twice LOLOLOLOL I loved it!


13/12/2012 at 12:58

I did this race last year and it was pretty awesome!! They do not allow you to wear spikes because the land is owned by the National Trust and they are very fussy about grounds maintenance. Some parts are very muddy and slippery so trail shoes are best. Although I wore my regular road running shoes last year and I was fine.

13/12/2012 at 17:51

you wouldn't want to wear spikes anyway looking at that screenshot from Sleepy...

not if you value your knees!

Edited: 13/12/2012 at 17:52
17/12/2012 at 19:47

Ok - thanks - I will try my new trail shoes then....

19/12/2012 at 08:52

We run there every week in the summer and road shoes are ok for that but in winter,  def. studded shoes, there are some steep descents that can get very slippery.

03/01/2013 at 12:43

Definitely trail shoes even at the best of times, as there are some very slippery downhills - this year you want them as gnarly as possible!

For the section along (or is it in ??) the Thames though you may well need to change into flippers and snorkel!


05/01/2013 at 14:27

Feedback from the checking the course today "The course is remarkably dry with very little mud at all, especially next to the river which is virtually bone dry! Can get round in regular running shoes."

05/01/2013 at 18:42

Blimey - that is amazing! Trouble is though, it now gives the quandary of what shoes to wear as I'd put out the ones with the biggest studs! I think I'll just switch to some very light trail shoes though rather than racing flats....


05/01/2013 at 19:27

So indeed...mny original questions stands! Road shoes (Brooks Defyance 5) or trails shoes (Progrid Peregrine 2)!

Not done this one before. Looking forward to it though apparently it is a hard run! My only other trail experience was last years (2012) Dorney Dash which was in Windsor Great Park due to the olympics. That was wet, muddy and slippery and I wore road shoes as at the time I had nothing else.

05/01/2013 at 19:42

Peregrines would be prefect - funny, I have the same shoes as you, plus some spikes for really sticky Cross Countries!

05/01/2013 at 21:15

Even bone dry a couple of the steep, off-camber downhill corners would need a bit of extra grip to be taken at speed if you don't wnat to end up on your backside - and I can't believe some of those corners will be totally without a bit of slippery mud!!


06/01/2013 at 15:31

Not as muddy as feared.  90 seconds quicker than last year, must be my new trail shoes!

Well done to the organisers for a great event.

06/01/2013 at 22:15
I'll second that! Well done on the time Amo, as it was also a tad longer than last year too.
02/01/2014 at 18:22

Trail shoes this year for sure!?! Assimung it goes ahead...

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