"Energy return" and "helping to propel you forward"... so sounds like Newtons then? Maybe better for heel strikers, or fad-seekers!
Does make me wonder: if they really made running much, much easier should they be allowed? After all you could put wheels on your shoes and set some good times too (though not uphill!)
Not saying they're not legit, but I guess they are some rules on shoes that can be worn, and if this started an arms race for manufacturers would those rules have to be tightened up maybe? If I'm beaten by someone in a race, I'd like to believe it's because they're a better runner, not just because they can afford a super high-tech pair of shoes!
Just a thought. If they only give a marginal gain at best then no issue.
Thanks Lisa, much appreciated. Lingfield's a bit further than she'd like but we're actually going to both do our first parkrun in Tilgate tomorrow morning so might have a look around then to see if we can spot/meet any Saints and Sinners.
My fiancee is getting into runnng and is interested in joining a running club in Crawley (she's more sociable than me!). Does anyone know of any local clubs please? Horsham Joggers are a bit further away than she'd like and Crawley Athletics Club seem a bit too serious!
We've heard of the K2 Running club and of Saints and Sinners but can't find any info on either online; does anyone have any contact details by any chance?
I'd agreed with that. My impression (so far; am about two thirds through the book, just after the 'Nike' part) is that there's a study waiting to be done by someone on whether more people get injured running now than pre-'72, and the heavily cushioned shoes that then became prevalent, because those same shoes made it easier for lots of people who wouldn't otherwise have tried/stuck with running to take it up.
In other words, is heel-striking an 'easier' option when you're a running virgin; and if that option didn't exist (i.e. no heavily cushioned shoes) would a lot of potential runners try it and give up quickly, rather than perserve and end up with injuries? I recall reading that running popularity did increase a lot from the 1970's onwards...
Of course that may all be answered by the end of the book! Will get there in a day or two
I 100% agree with ZHF (in fact I also started running a bit under two years ago); just did my first marathon in Brighton last week and it felt a great one to do first up: big atmosphere but not overcrowded. Easier to get to than some of the ones abroad too.
Also agree about people often assuming London is THE one to do, can be a little frustrating! I'd like to do London next year so I'm going to have a go at the ballet but if/when that doesn't work out it'll be a case of shopping around for the best charity offer: some demand more than others so it's worth hunting for an achievable amount