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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra £80.95

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Kit Reviews

I was recently sent a pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra shoes to test from Fitness Footwear & as I’d already entered the Lakeland 100 thought this would be the greatest test for a pair of trail shoes.

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra

I’d done a recce of the race in a pair of Saucony ProGrid Jazz 12 TR the week earlier & the soles tore off in places due to the large amount of sharp stones on the course. All shoes are a compromise in some way between being hard and lasting longer or soft & wearing out quicker. The XA Pro has a hard sole which adds good stability & pronation control by using triple density EVA. They don’t have the deep tread pattern of a full fell shoe but more of an aggressive road shoe. Salomon have also incorporated some great technology into the XA Pro, I like the lacing system which you can just pull to tighten or slacken & then tuck into a small pocket which is built into the tong. This stops the annoying problem of laces catching on things and coming loose which is not what you want when your feet are covered in mud and wet through! They also have a loop on the back which is big enough to put your finger in to pull them on, I found this useful when at 50 miles into the race I changed my socks & the shoes were muddy. Salomon also do a Gore-Tex version of the XA Pro called the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX exactly the same shoe but with a Gore-Tex upper. The front of the XA Pro has a hard rubber toecap which protects your feet if you stumble or kick any rocks, I seemed to be tripping over large stones quite a lot on the two night sections of the UTLD 100 & made good use of this. Nothing broke on the 104 continuous miles of my race & my feet are in pretty good shape. So overall I liked the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra a good solid shoe which should last well.

What’s Good?

Lacing system with pocket

Loop in the back

Good stability

Hard wearing

What’s Bad?

If you have wide feet you may need the M+ which is wider

Overall 4/5

Happy Running!

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Race Report “John O’Groats to Lands End” April 30th 2010

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Race Reports

My aim this year is to complete as many marathons & ultra distance events as possible in the lead up to my attempt on the John O’Groats to Lands End ultra run on April 30th 2010. I’ll be running all 867 miles in 15 days with daily mileages ranging from 50 up to 63.

Below is a list of the mileages & Google maps for every day & where I’ll be starting & finishing.

Day Map Link Distance Total From To
Thurs 29-Apr Travel
1 Fri 30-Apr 63.7 Miles 63.7 John O’Groats Brora
2 Sat 01-May 58.5 Miles 122.2 Brora Beauly
3 Sun 02-May 54.5 Miles 176.7 Beauly Spean Bridge
4 Mon 03-May 55.8 Miles 232.5 Spean Bridge Tyndrum
5 Tues 04-May 57.7 Miles 290.2 Tyndrum Paisley
6 Weds 05-May 58.2 Miles 348.4 Paisley Moffat
7 Thurs 06-May 58.4 Miles 406.8 Moffat Penrith
8 Fri 07-May 60.1 Miles 466.9 Penrith Garstang
9 Sat 08-May 58.4 Miles 525.3 Garstang Tarporley
10 Sun 09-May 63.3 Miles 588.6 Tarporley Ludlow
11 Mon 10-May 61.4 Miles 650 Ludlow Severn Bridge
12 Tues 11-May 56.9 Miles 706.9 Severn Bridge Taunton
13 Weds 12-May 51.6 Miles 758.5 Taunton Okehampton
14 Thurs 13-May 54.5 Miles 813 Okehampton St Austell
15 Fri 14-May 54.9 Miles 867.9 St Austell Lands End
Sat 15-May Travel Home
867.9 Miles

the end of day one Wigmore to Severn Bridge 58 miles JOGLE training weekend

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