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Saucony / New Balance and Brooks

In Bourne Sports, Brooks, New Balance, running shoes, Saucony, Sports Shoes Unlimited, Wiggle on October 24, 2005 at 7:46 pm




I currently have three pairs of running shoes on the go at the moment.

Brooks Addiction 6 2005
Saucony Trigon Responsive
New Balance 1060

I don’t normally have more than two pairs but spotted the New Balance shoes for sale at a factory outlet in Keswick. I have to say for comfort and fit the New Balance shoes are the best of the three. They are the pair I would choose to use for any races I enter. However they are not great of road and i didn’t expect them to be from the tread on the soles.

The Brooks Addiction 6 shoes get my vote for being the most durable particularly on the outer soles where I tend to wear out my shoes quickest. I have had previous addiction shoes and I would buy this model again .

The Saucony Trigon shoes are a bit of a mystery to me as I bought them a while back and I must have shoved them away and forgot all about them for 6 months. I can’t understand where they have been but anyway I spotted them when I was having a clear out and almost chucked thinking they were an old pair.. These have great tread for off road and I am likely to use these a lot over the fields this winter.

When I buy shoes I am always happy to buy last years models I never buy the latest shoe at the top price. Perhaps I am missing out on something as I suppose you do get what you pay for generally.

When the running shoe reviews come out in Runners World I look but don’t usually buy. It generally comes down to what is available from mail order outlets. I have bought from Wiggle, Bourne Sports and Sports Shoes Unlimited and all have offered good service.

I don’t particularly care about the colour of running shoes they soon get dirty. I always consider durability and brand to be chief qualities that I consider when buying.

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Keswick to Threlkeld

In Bob Graham Round, Brooks, Feet in the Clouds, Keswick, running shoes, Threlkeld on August 26, 2005 at 12:27 pm

4pm 7.5miles in 1hr 1min and 5 secs.
Year to date mileage 787
Month to date 107 miles

A repeat of yesterdays run along the old Keswick to Threlkeld railway line. This really is a great walk or cycle ride for anyone visiting the area. It is pretty much all on the flat which is unusual for this area. You cross over and under many bridges. With the recent heavy rain the River Greta was in full flow. The only disappointment is when you reach Threlkeld and find your way is blocked by the very busy A66.

Running Shoes

I currently prefer the Brooks Addiction range of shoes. I have the Brooks Addiction 6 model which seem to be extra tough on the outer sole. I have high arches and seem to over pronate leading to wear on the outersoles. However the Brooks shoes seem to last longer before the outersole is worn so they suit me well even they feel a little heavy.

However I always used to swear by New Balance so when I chanced upon a New Balance factory shop in Keswick I bought a pair of 1060’s . I wore these on the run today and they seem a lot lighter though I am not sure if they will cope with my over pronation, only time will tell.

Fell Walking

I have spent most of my vacation walking in the fells rather than running. Keswick is a perfect base for exploring the Northern Fells. If you are based in Keswick you can walk up to many fells without needing to use a car. Overlooking Keswick are Latrigg (1203 feet) and Skiddaw at (3054 feet) . If you take a short boat ride on Derwentwater you can then climb up the very popular Cat bells ( 1482 feet) Maiden Moor (1837 feet) and High Spy ( 2143 feet).

A short drive to Braithwaite enables you to to undertake a lovely ridge walk climbing up Grisedale Pike and circling around over Eel Crag (2749 feet).

On 2 or 3 occasions I saw a different breed of runner out on the fells , the kind of runner that you look at in awe and wonder just how they have the nerve and strength to run up and down the side of mountains. If you lived up in the lake District and had a love for the hills then it would be natural to want to run over the fells.

I am currently reading ‘Feet in the Clouds’ a story of fell running and one mans obsession with undertaking the legendary Bob Graham Round. You can qualify to be a member of the Bob Graham Club if you can run within 24 hours a set course, up and down 42 peaks covering a distance of 72 miles. More on this another time