Barefoot Running Magazine – Issue 12 (Summer 2014)

The latest Barefoot Running MagazineIssue 12, Summer 2014,  is now available including my reviews of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5, Vivobarefoot Trail Freak and Vivobarefoot Evo Pure.

All 3 are impressive shoes but I’ve particularly taken to the Trail Freak and the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 for longer distance running. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Lone Peak 2.0 has to offer.

Issue 12 weighs in with a massive 174 pages and includes ‘In Focus: The indomitable spirit of Sir Roger Bannister’, ‘Vibram’s $3.75 million settlement’, and all the regular columns, review, tips and Q&A sections.

New Hokas & Hydrapaks At www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com/

There have been some nice new additions to the www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com recently, with the addition of new Hokas, the Hoka Stinson ATR trail shoe and the Hoka Stinson Lite road shoe, and new soft flasks from Hydrapak.

The Hokas have seamless uppers and improved ventilation, thanks to a single layer mesh approach in the road shoe, and a dual layer mesh approach in the trail version, with the additional layer preventing trail debris from entering the shoe.

Hoka Stinson Lite

“The Men’s Hoka STINSON LITE features an oversized HOKA ONE ONE proprietary (HIP) CMEVA midsole providing unmatched combination of high performance cushioning with inherently stable ride. A late stage Meta-Rocker is designed to create a more nimble and accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. The hi-abrasion rubber outsole has a flexible and multi-directional traction design. A highly breathable seamless upper construction provides a secure fit. An ideal shoe for runners looking for a lightweight, stable, and performance cushioned road running shoe.”

Hoka Stinson ATR

The Men’s Hoka STINSON ATR features an oversized HOKA ONE ONE proprietary (HIP) CMEVA midsole providing unmatched combination of high performance cushioning with inherently stable ride. A late stage Meta-Rocker is designed to create a more nimble and accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. The hi-abrasion rubber outsole has a flexible and multi-directional traction design. A highly breathable seamless upper construction provides a secure fit. An ideal shoe for runners looking for a lightweight, stable, and performance cushion running shoe for the trails. 

More new Hokas to follow.

Update: 19th August 2014: The Hoka Mafate Speed is now available:

“The Men’s Hoka MAFATE SPEED provides a super-cushioned but very aggressive and responsive ride in wet or dry conditions, the Hoka One One Mafate Speed is an all-terrain beast that simultaneously protects and propels. Fitted, breathable, and deceptively agile, the Mafate Speed will take you on a wild ride that lasts for as long as you can hang on.”

Hydrapak Soft Flasks

Fans of soft flasks should be interested in the new range of Hydrapak Softflasks™, offering the quality and functionality of a soft flask without the premium price associated with some of the branded flasks.

“The new molded bottom Hydrapak SoftFlasks™ are modular hydration systems that are highly versatile; allowing for placement within packs, jackets, handhelds, and other gear. The collapsible lightweight Hydrapak SF750 SoftFlask™ is easy to use and packs tightly for efficient storage and transport.”

Features

  • Collapsible for easy storage
  • Modular design for multi-purpose “on-the-go” applications
  • High-flow silicone bite valve with twit shut-off
  • Soft, durable TPU body for strength and flexibility
  • Molded top and bottom provides 3 dimensional shape and lashing options
  • RF welded to create superior bonds at a molecular level
  • Textile carrying loop
  • Optional dust cover included
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)/Freezer safe
  • Exceeds FDA & EU Regulations
  • BPA Free

Ultra Tales Issue 12

Ultra Tales Issue 12 contains event reports from the following races Zion 100, Cotswold Ultra, Evesham Ultra, Iznik Ultra, South Downs Way 50, Marathon Des Sables, CTS Exmoor Ultra, Highland Fling, National 50/100km, The Oner, Thames Path 100, T60 Night Race, Brecon Summer Ultra, TNF 100 Australia, North Downs Way 50, Hardmoors 110, Weald Ultra, Grand Union Canal Race, Enduroman 50, The Severn Challenge, Northants Ultra, Comrades, South Downs Way 100, Endure 24 and The Wall.

In addition, there are runners profiles from Chris Baynham-Hughes, Ewan Dunlop and Ellen Cottom.

There are interviews with Paul Navesey and Edwina Sutton after the SDW50 wins and Mark Perkins after his SDW100 win and interview with Elite US runner Mike Wardian, a Paddy Buckley Round report and the usual Marathon report section.

Tolquhon Castle And The Drove Road To Tarves

Tolquhon Castle has to be one of the most picturesque of ruins. It’s one of our favourites and, with the sun beating down, we decided on a picnic in the ample grounds of the castle. Loads of space for Harris to run around and totally enclosed, perfect in terms of safety. Harris loved exploring the ruins, climbing the large steps, with myself or Leanne close at hand just in case!

On leaving, we had intended to head to Prop of Ythsie for a walk. However, I noticed a sign at the far end of the castle car park and decided to check it out. The sign indicated that an old drove road existed, leading to the nearby village of Tarves. Harris was in need of a sleep so I strapped on the carrier and we set off on the route.

With the temperature in the mid 20s, it was hot work, especially with the extra weight of Harris strapped to my front, but we soon arrived in Tarves, stopping off at the Post Office for refreshment, before heading back towards the castle.

Had I known in advance the terrain underfoot, I would likely have changed out of flip flops as the path was quite overgrown and rough in places. However, it was a lovely scenic route, surrounded by butterflies for most of our journey.

Don’t be put off by the ‘path’ that takes you out of the castle car park. It soon improves and you will find yourself on a considerably better trail.

Definitely one to return to and, from online investigation afterwards, I discovered that there are a number of old routes in Aberdeenshire that I had previously never heard of.

Forvie Beach

The forecast this weekend was for torrential rain and it did eventually come, but in all honesty, I was expecting far, far worse. Anyway, with that forecast in mind, we decided to keep it local, and to get out and about really early.

Forvie fitted the bill perfectly and it’s been a short while since our last visit so it would make for a nice change of scenery. From the utter lack of people at Forvie, it would appear that most people had decided against venturing out.

Had I remembered that it was Tern mating season earlier, I doubt I would have opted for the Croozer. No other buggy would have coped and, even with the Croozer, we had our work cut out. Had we been able to stick to the beach route that we normally use things wouldn’t have been quite so bad. However, with nesting season upon us, you are forced to take a short-cut, cutting off a chunk of our normal route, that involves a considerable amount of time in the dunes.

At one point Leanne was pushing me while I pushed Harris! It certainly made for a good workout! I don’t know if it was the undulating terrain or the beautiful scenery but Harris decided not to fall asleep until the very end of the walk. As such, I opted to walk to Newburgh, along the handy path with connects Newburgh to Forvie, meeting up with Leanne (& the car) again at the far end of Newburgh.

A useful discovery was that the Croozer fitted assembled and upright, with the exception of the handlebar, into the back of our Alhambra. Handy to know that we can leave it assembled when moving between locations, providing there’s not much else in the back of our Seat Alhambra.

Within minutes of loading up the car with the Croozer and a newly awakened Harris, the skies opened up. Talk about perfect timing :o)

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