Cross Country and Trail Running Shoes

At The Runners Shop we can help you to make the most of any opportunities to participate in cross country and off road or trail running. Cross country events appeal to all ages from junior and school cross country races to senior and international events. Cross-country running involves a little specialized equipment all of which can be purchased at The Runners Shop. Most races are run in shorts and vests or singlets, usually in club or school colors. In particularly cold conditions, long-sleeved shirts and tights can be worn to retain warmth without losing mobility. The most common footwear worn consists of a pair of spikes, which are lightweight racing shoes that incorporate metal spikes into the sole towards the front of the shoe. These spikes are changed depending on race conditions. For example, if the course is muddy a larger spike will be used, or if there is gravel or concrete spikes will be removed and replaced with short stubs. Regulation spikes for cross country courses range from .25-.5 inches (6.4mm - 12.7mm).

Rubber Studded Shoes

Alternatively, rubber studded shoes may be worn, as spikes are forbidden in some leagues. While spikes are suitable for grassy, muddy, or slippery conditions, runners may choose to wear racing flats if the course includes significant portions of paved surfaces or dirt road. Flats are typically less aggressive in foot positioning and heavier than spikes. They possess less rigid outsole tread than spikes and do not have any metal spikes. All staff at The Runners Shop Beckenham are experienced in cross country running and will be happy to advise you on Cross Country Clothing, Ladies Cross Country Spikes, Mens Cross Country Spikes, Junior Cross Country Spikes and other cross country running equipment.

Trail Running

Trail running is a variant on running hat differs markedly from road running. Trail running generally takes place on walking and footpaths. Trail running incorporates ditches and hills, water and mud! And varying terrain; hills, mountains, deserts, forests, and narrow passages are common. Likewise, steep inclines or rough terrain sometimes may require hiking or scrambling. Runners participating in trail runs must often descend these same steep grades. It is not unusual for serious trail runs to ascend and descend thousands of feet. There are as many variations of trail running as there are runners, many individuals prefer running trails for daily training and exercise as opposed to road running.

Choosing Off Road Running Shoes

Again, Trail running or Off Road Running involves a little specialized equipment all of which can be purchased at The Runners Shop. Many trail runners use specially designed shoes that have aggressively knobby soles that are generally more rigid than road running shoes. The usually EVA compound midsole often contain a lightweight, flexible nylon plastic layer to protect the feet from puncture wounds from sharp rocks or other objects. Since trail running take place on softer surfaces (e.g., grass, dirt) than road races, cushioning is not as important so often the shoes are less 'cushioned' than their counterparts designed for tarmac. Additionally, trail running shoes are low to the ground which provides the best stability on uneven terrain.

Other equipment includes wicking garments, water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses and anti-insect spray. An alternative way to carry water is use a hydration bladder with drinking tube carried in a backpack or waistpack. Staff at The Runners Shop Beckenham will be pleased to advise you of the latest clothing and equipment and latest trail running shoes.

Useful links The Trail Running Association (TRA) promotes trail running in the UK. By joining the TRA you will meet others who enjoy trail running, and find out about trail running events all over the country.