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If you typed the above phrases in any search engine then you will get similar answers. "they are races above 26.2" but what is an ultra marathon really?
Wikipedia has an interesting definition but over the last 3 to 4 years we have seen a huge change in the races both in the UK and abroad.
You have the main showcase races likes of Lakeland 50/100, UTMB, Western States, Marathon des Sables to name but a few but what about the lessor know races and the FKT's in the UK that are actually ultra distance?
In the UK we have our own version now of the Barkley Marathon called the Dead Sheep.
We also have races like the 268 Mile Montane Spine Race which is a winter ultra, or more like an arctic expedition due to 2018 conditions.
But if its not the brutal Dead Sheep or the arctic adventure then you have Lakeland 50 / 100 which is in the Lake District and is normally sunny.
or one of the Hardmoors in the North York Moors and in range of our shop. 30, 55, 60, 110, 160 or 200 miles for the ultramarathon series or you can do 10k,Half or Marathon in the 26.2 Trail Series.
The list of races in the UK really can go on and on just like the races :)
You also have multi day events in the UK similar to the Marathon des Sables except you dont have to starve for a week, carry your full weeks clothing and re mortgage your house to enter. The Dragons Back Race set in Wales and the Cape Wrath Ultra set in the Highlands of Scotland.
Finally we have the Rounds,
Bob Graham Round
Paddy Buckley Round
which are the popular ones (there is lots more). These are like long Fell Races which all have to be completed within 24 hours.
After seeing the Saucony KOA ST and KOA TR shoe earlier in the year I was excited to get a chance to run in a pair. Once they arrived and I put them on my feet I was pleasantly surprised at how they felt, the ride was more supportive than I expected, People wanting a minimalist shoe probsnly should not read on as they feel like a cross between an Altra, Hoka and Saucony Ride. The midsole is thick so no need for a rock plate. When running at speed the shoe feels soft and light with lots of bounce. The toe box is wide almost foot shaped without being as extreme as Altra’s, however it has a slightly snug midfoot which helps reduce movement on technical trails. The sizing is a little short so you will need to go up half a size. The upper is great thin and breathes well.
When running at speed on road in the Saucony KOA TR the shoe feels almost like a road shoe, soft and light with lots of bounce, the slight rock to the sole feels great. Once on hard trails the shoe turns in to a nice trail shoe and can even cope with little bits of mud.
The Saucony ST feels very much the same as the Saucony TR as you would expect however when you get on to muddy ground the ST comes into its own. The grip on the ST is outstanding giving great traction on the ascent and descents, wet rock is also fine, not as sticky as the La Sportiva but still far better than other trail shoes. When are hard services the lugs are supple so act as extra cushioning, with the shoe being 4mm drop and the stack height not being too high you feel stable on technical descents.
In summary, these are pretty decent shoes from Saucony and can rival Hoka and Altra for max cushioning. The shoes are slightly heavier than the Saucony Peregrine but a much more rounded shoe and well cushioned to the point of being a slimmed down version of the Hoka ATR, with the toe box of Altra with will suit a wider range of runners.
to buy click on the links below.
WOMEN'S KOA ST
MEN'S KOA ST
WOMEN'S SAUCONY TR
MENS SAUCONY TR
One of the biggest questions we get is “Why do I get holes in my running shoes?” and “how do we prevent it”
Many runners think it’s a fault with the shoes, but unfortunately its not as simple as that. Yes some shoes are worse than others but its important to tell your running specialist store that you have this issue before making your final shoe choice.