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Charlie Stead is the owner of established running store Northern Runner in Newcastle. He spoke to NORTHERN RUNNING EGUIDE about three products that caught his eye recently ...

BROOKS PURE PROJECT SHOES BROOKS PURE Project shoes are designed with minimalism in mind. A low heel-to-forefoot differential encourages a more natural and efficient foot strike when you run, eliminating heel strike and promoting a mid to forefoot landing. There’s something for everyone in the Pure Project range - the Pure Cadence offers the same natural feel but

with arch support; the Pure Flow gives a broad fit and good stability; and the Pure Connect gives an ultra-lightweight option with a contoured fit, shaped to the foot. Once you’ve run with Brooks Pure Project, you’ll feel like you don’t want to go back to anything else. SRP: various

RONHILL CYCLONE WINDPROOF TOP THE ULTIMATE versatile winter piece, Ronhill thought of all eventualities when designing the Cyclone 1/2 zip. The fabric can cope brilliantly with all winter conditions - thanks to the soft shell combined with windproof lamination - while at the same time staying lightweight and breathable. The top comes in a men’s and women’s style and is very practical, with double mesh pockets perfect to fold down and store hats and gloves, and a back zip pocket to hold a mobile or energy gels. Loops on the thumb ensure a comfortable fit around the wrist. SRP: £60

INOV8 TRAILROC PROBABLY THE most versatile off-road shoe on the market at the moment, the Inov8 Trailroc is ideal for loose, rugged and eroded trails, with a rock plate for good underfoot protection. There are three different variations of the same outer sole: the 255 provides the most underfoot cushioning; the 245 gives more flexibility and a chance to develop a natural running style; and the 235 is a zero drop shoe. If you’re looking for one off- road shoe that can be equally comfortable on various different terrains, the Inov8 Trailroc could be the shoe for you. SRP: various NORTHERN RUNNING EGUIDE 15

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