Decent trail runs usually involve a blend of ascents and descents and that terrain variety I mentioned earlier. I’ve now used these shoes for five or six different runs and I’ve also found they’re not out of place on the treadmills and mats of my gym as well. In fact, they were more than adequate there.
The run routes I like are around Cheddar Gorge where you get craggy limestone, churned up and gnarled paths up and along the clifftop run at the Gorge’s edge. It also includes ‘Hell’s Steps’ – a slightly melodramatically-named series of wood-buttressed steps which are great for calf burn. I’ve also taken these shoes for a few spins around Bristol’s Ashton Court which is about 850 acres of grassland and woodland with additional wooded trails peeling off. It is veined by a few tarmac tracks. Following my physio’s counsel, I’ve been building my stamina, fitness and resilience back up, bit by bit, so these runs have varied from a gentle 3km to just a few just shy of 10km.