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Off road/trail ultra shoes

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 17:12

Has anyone had any experience with the Hoka One One Speedgoat?

Off road/trail ultra shoes

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 18:10

Has anyone got any recommendations for cushioned long trail shoes? I like to run long and off-road.

I need something with decent grip for the inevitable muddy sections, but cushioning suitable for a 45 mile race. I've tried a few different styles in the past but am keen to hear other peoples' recommendations in the hope of uncovering a new gem!

Malvern hills ultra 2017

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 17:37

I ran this last year. The navigation is quite simple; as stated above simply stay on the ridge fir most of it but you will need to get your map out for the sections on the country lanes and through the woods. They out a gpx file on the website before the race so you can download it to a gpx watch or hire one of their gps devices with it pre-loaded.


I took the "raw" option which was £10-15 less and I didn't get to use the food at the feed stations (But you can fill water bottles). 


The he course is beautiful and everyone as really friendly. Highly recommend.

The Druid Challenge Ridgeway Ultra 2012

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 10:48

The low down on the food...

Breakfast: cereal, bananas and toast (This wasn't enough for me so I'm bringing malt loaf this year to supplement it).

Checkpoints: Brilliant! Energy gels, haribo. mincepies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, nuts etc

Dinner: Pasta and sauce and pudding. A few of us went for an afternoon "snack" at the chippy in Wantage on day 2 to keep us going until dinner at 6pm.

The Druid Challenge Ridgeway Ultra 2012

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 20:59

Just thought I'd join in and say hello. Ran this in 2009, and had a few friends joining me for different days but going "solo" this year!

Looking forward to seeing the pink mankini!

Hell Up North

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 19:31

Hell in the middle was at Cannock Chase this year, it had a lot less mud than Delamere due to the nature of the ground there, however it was all entirely iced over so instead of slipping in mud we were slipping on ice!

The next Hell in the Middle is at Trentham Gardens in 2013. As far as I'm aware it's the first time they've held it here. I assume the route will mostly be in the wooded area outised of the public gardens (as they're far too pretty for us to come clomping through!) If it is in that area then it is very muddy and about as hilly as Delamere. Great shops for pie and cake at the finish though!

Hell Up North

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 15:01

It was definitely not "too extreme", the 2 bogs of doom were great fun, and it was actually quite a mild day so not too cold if you kept moving. I did Hell in the Middle earlier in the year as well; it was well below freezing that day so one of the water obstacles was sensibly cut out.

The Hellrunner series are all about the mud, bogs, hills and water - if you're not up for that then enter a road race!

Hell in the Middle 2012

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 17:35

The official press race report said it was 11 miles. I've emailed them to ask - although fairly sure this isn't right or I ran a lot faster than expected!

Trainers for the desert?

Posted: 06/12/2011 at 21:22

Thank you everyone, particularly LFW for all the advice, it has been a great help. I've got a pair of inov8 mudclaws which I was considering wearing but after reading LFW's comments about cushioning  I won't be now!


Trainers for the desert?

Posted: 04/12/2011 at 17:17

I suppose knee high boots would stop the sand getting in...

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