Boo-runs regrettably due to circumstances beyond our control Tuesday 18th February will be the last hurrah for the Nike Run Club at achilles heel. Those present for last Tuesday’s session or those Facebook Nike Run Club groupies will already be aware what’s going down!
To all that have attended we send you big Valentines achilles heel love! Every one of our members have helped make it a brilliant and inspiring group to be a part of. A massive thank you to each and every one of you, stay focussed and keep running!
To help you stay on it, head along and capture the pure achilles heel run club experience. Our Monday and Wednesday groups, coached by Stefan will continue to run as normal so no excuses. Double up even!
Rally up folks, let's make the 18th a run to remember.
"Finding Strong" is a short documentary from Saucony which shows the power of running and the impacts it can have on communities worldwide. Covering multiple continents, the 22-minute documentary explores fascinating runners, including elite National Guardsmen in Japan, a youth running community in Brazil, goat-herding girls in Djibouti and physically challenged athletes in New York City.
We're looking forward to this one, release date is looking like late March.
Those crazy Nike innovation cats have been at it again. Initiated by feedback from runners craving a shoe with a sock like feel that old ‘Just Do It’ fire was lit and the boffins at Nike Towers got on it.
The Flyknit upper was born.
It did however take a four-year Nike mission with “teams of programmers, engineers and designers all working toward creating the technology needed to make a featherweight, form-fitting and virtually seamless knitted upper”. I have been undertaking a similar four-year knitting mission and have created a virtually non-existent jumper.
The woolly upper has since been used on a number of different Nike models including the Nike Free Flyknit+ which advanced the sock like concept further, coupling the knitted upper with the flexibility of the Nike Free 5.0+ mid and outsole.
The stunning Nike Flyknit Racer in the SP14 colour way of, as Nike put it Sail (white to you and I), Volt and Black has just dropped with us. I was Slipper with excitement when they arrived (this is my new word for red, if Nike can do it).
So what better time than now for me to pull together some waffle on this speedy woven stunner.
As a result of the knitted upper the Nike Flyknit Racer is incredibly lightweight, the upper and tongue weigh just 34 grams. Totalling only 160g (men’s size 9) per shoe no January detox is required for this lean machine.
In the interests of apples with apples the Nike Lunaracer+ 3 weighs in at 179g and the Nike LunarSpider LT+ 3 at 220g. My coffee cup weighs 288g. I felt that I had mistakenly strapped two of these Kidston beasts on my feet this morning such was my performance at my scheduled speed session.
Get on my Good Foot
Technology and weight aside the Nike Flyknit Racer is a joy both to the eye and on the foot. The inclusion of dynamic Flywire wraps the foot as naturally and comfortably as, well a foot in a sock. Brief delivered Nike.
One top tip with any of the Flyknit upper family would be to tie them marginally tighter than you think necessary as they will loosen on the foot slightly when you get on the move. No circulation stopping tightness just make them a splash more secure.
Racing shoes are built for speed, and this one is most definitely turbo charged. Leash it up and go for speed sessions, short races or anything longer if you happen to be fast enough to get away with it.
The Nike Flyknit Racer is a key member of my running shoe brigade alongside my mileage staple of the Nike Structure+ 17, but my legs did let out a little squeal of pre-emptive pain when I considered wearing them on a long run.
Make sure to catch these stunners before they Sail away.
Saucony’s flagship shoe, the Guide 7 comes with a strong history and a loyal following. Over the years, it has won its fair share of notable awards including Runner’s World Editor’s Choice, Runner’s World International Shoe of the Year, and twice the IRRA shoe of the Year. Here's a nice insight into the design steps taken to create an award winning running shoe.
- Flared forefoot design for more support during latter stages of gait cycle
- Redesigned medial sole unit improves support for runners with slight to moderate pronation needs
- Deeper flex grooves and improved toe-spring for a more responsive ride
- PowerGrid replaces ProGrid midsole technology
The new Guide 7 is now available online and in-store.
Check out our opening hours below for the shop over the festive period.
- Mon 23rd Dec: 0930 - 1730
- Tue 24th Dec: 0930 - 1400 (Christmas Eve)
- Wed 25th Dec: Closed (Christmas Day)
- Thurs 26th Dec: Closed (Boxing Day)
- Fri 27th Dec: 0930 - 1730
- Sat 28th Dec: 0930 - 1730
- Sun 29th Dec: 1200 - 1700
- Mon 30th Dec: 0930 - 1730
- Tue 31st Dec: 0930 - 1400 (New Years Eve)
- Wed 1st Jan: Closed
- Thurs 2nd Jan: Closed
- Fri 3rd Jan: 0930 - 1730 (Back to normal)
It is full steam ahead with the festive fun! We have kicked things off here for you with some top class Chrismas gift ideas for men, ladies, kids, and that stocking! Check out our suggestions for that runner in your life and crush that Christmas list!
The TP Therapy Grid is the most versatile and comprehensive foam roller and workout tool available. Whether it be for massage, or as part of a core body workout The Grid is certain to suit your needs. Enough said!
Keep him cosy in this Adidas Trail Hybrid Thermal Half Zip, a great addition to the winter wardrobe!
It was a tricky business to select only a few items from the fantastic Nike Sportswear collection. The USATF Tee seemed like a good place to start, with its bold graphic paying homage to the legendary USA Track & Field club.
Next pick is the Nike Air Vortex Vintage shoe, all the style of the 80’s is maintained in this latest model. Christmas comfort is covered with this cushioned classic!
Last up on the Nike Sportswear front is the AW77 US Track & Field Hoody, a class act helping to restore global faith in hoody wearers!
A backpack specifically made for running makes the world of difference. If he commutes on the run then the Nike Cheyenne Vapor 2 running backpack will be welcomed for sure. Functional, lightweight and stylish, it even has its own packable rain mate.
Stay visible on the move with the new Petzl Tikka RXP a compact, powerful, multi-beam rechargeable headlamp. The REACTIVE LIGHTING technology means the light pattern and beam on this headlamp adjust automatically to the environment, job done.
Every mile counts. Capture them all with the Garmin Forerunner 10. This GPS running watch is accurate, easy to use and maintains motivation past January with its Virtual pacer feature.
Go Pro. Be a Hero. Or at the very least capture professional quality video footage of all sorts. Starting with the Christmas dinner. The GoPro HERO 3+ Silver Edition box includes everything you need to get going. Whether it be on the run, the bike, the slopes or in the water you can capture those adventures from Boxing Day onward.
The Nike Free 5.0+ Shield running shoe provides the foot strengthening benefits of natural motion, along with the cushioning, traction and underfoot protection of a traditional shoe. This model is water resistant and reflective making it ideal for running in wet, dark, cold conditions (or as we call it in Scotland, summer).
The half zip is a runner’s wardrobe must have! Brilliant for layering when it gets super chilly or wearing solo on those milder runs. The Asics Winter Half Zip Long Sleeve Top is one for the Christmas list!
Lighter and easier to fill than an actual camel, the Camelbak Octane Lumbar Reservoir system keeps water supplies secure and stable whatever the adventure.
Hop on board the ‘Oregon Project’, get them while you can! These limited Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 ‘Oregon Project’ shoes are stunning. I will shed a tear as these legendary cushioned wonders fly out however I know it is for the best, their beauty must be shared. It is Christmas after all.
The Nike+SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom (whoever he is) offers GPS tracking, takes splits, reminds you to run—even remembers your PBs. Wear it on the run and day to day. Upload your runs to Nikeplus.com, and analyse the data till your heart is content!
The Garmin Forerunner 10 is super light, sparing Santa’s back, and easy to use. This GPS running watch accurately tracks how far and how fast you run, as well as an approximation of calories burned. If it isn’t pretty in pink we also have it available in a few other colours too!
Big up Christmas with the new Adidas Adistar Boost running shoe! The boost's energy-returning properties ensure this is the gift that keeps on giving long after the 25th!
Break free from the chains of the LBC (Little Black Capri) with the Adidas Techfit Perfect Fit 3/4 Tight. Technically perfect.
The Nike Pro Hyperwarm tights are the ultimate winter base layer, with its compression type fit and brushed fabric interior. The Kaleidoscope print is an added bonus!
Stuff that rear tight pocket no more, and say goodbye to the rabbit’s tail look! Instead clip on a Haglofs Gram 3 hip pack. It is ideal for comfortably carrying all those on the move essentials.
The quality shines through in this stunning Gore Essential Lady Hooded Shirt. The cuffs can be turned down and used as mittens. Handy.
The Adidas SMT jacket protects from the wind with its breathable climaproof protection. Perfect for the brussel sprouts season.
It does legally count as two gifts as this Nike Therma-FIT headband is reversible! Result.
Just landed is this great new colour of the Shock Absorber Run Bra. Designed specifically for runners, it boasts a bounce reduction by up to 78%* and provides ultimate friction-free comfort. A women’s running essential.
The Nike Sportwear range delivers again with the City London Tote Bag. Plenty of pockets mean you won’t miss out on the joy of searching every one for something only to find it nestled in the first place you looked.
The Nike Free 3.0 running shoe is designed for those seeking the benefits that natural barefoot-like motion allows. Run Free. Or like me just wear with jeans Free.
Ensure the safety of precious mobile fruit by strapping on the Nike E2 Prime Performance iPhone 5 running armband.
Yurbuds earphones guaranteed not to fall out, even at extreme activity levels, so they say! This Inspire model specifically for women comes in an array of colours. Let the extreme activity commence!
Give the gift of a Buff they are tremendous. The snood gets active. Breathable, multi-functional, brilliant. Don’t be without one for a second longer.
Christmas came early when the stunning new Asics Gel Kayano 20 Lite-Show arrived this week. Asics’ most famous running shoe celebrates its 20th year in style.
We didn’t want those youngsters to miss out on kit so we have worked hard this year to expand our junior range. Fingers crossed the little runners love it!
This new boy’s Nike half-zip is super versatile. Whether it be for wearing on the track for warm up, or for layering up on the run they are sure to be one of the most used items in the young runner’s wardrobe.
What could be more critical than ensuring the safe passage of their mobile? Keep it swaddled securely in a swoosh blanket, with the Nike Graphic Hard iPhone Case.
Go vivid in volt with the boys Nike Miler crew. Made using Nike’s Dri-FIT fabric this Tee fits the bill whatever the sport. Visible from space.
The Asics GT 2000 range is designed specifically for kids. It delivers on both support and cushioning meaning our future medal winners can train effectively and go grab that gold!
Ugly in name only, the junior Uglies stadium pant from Canterbury is a favourite throw on for sporty pursuits. With their full length zips on each leg they are easy to pop of when the serious training begins.
Maximise their performance with the SKINS A200 youth compression gear, it uses scientifically proven engineered gradient compression to help ensure efficient oxygen delivery to muscles. Greatness seems inevitable!
Honey I shrunk the Vapor Jacket! Another favourite from the adult range is successfully made available for kids without losing any of the style or functionality. The handy hood snaps on and off. Although beware the percentage of detached jacket hoods that are subsequently never reattached stands at a worldwide high of 28%. Stay snapped.
Make a lost scarf a thing of the past, get them a junior Buff this Christmas. During the Christmas period only a child has the alertness of mind and nimbleness of finger to transform the Buff into all of its many guises.
Make it an Asics white Christmas with the boy’s version of the Asics GT 2000. Keep this image as a reminder as in my experience it will be unrecognisable after 5 minutes. As with all Asics runners quality, durability and function wise it is second to none!
The girls haven’t missed out on the half-zip action, this holiday season’s printed version from Nike is sure to more than Just Do It.
These unisex kids running tights from Nike last the distance, they are suitable for both boys and girls. Making them the perfect hand me down item for years to come!
Get those little legs nice and strong with this kids Nike Free 5.0!
The myth that you lose the majority of body heat through your head may have been debunked. However my Gran stayed firm in her stance, and you can’t go wrong with a Ronhill beanie.
There are always plenty of colour ways to choose from when it comes to Nike and the kids Free 5.0 is no exception.
The girl's version of the Nike Vapor jacket is low on pink high on style.
This watch from Soleus nestles nicely in the stocking section, as currently on sale it is a belter of a bargain. The 30 lap memory and 5 interval timer functionality make it perfect for those track sessions.
It is light, it is red, and you put it on your head. The Petzl Tikka Plus 2, in red.
If I were to go all Julie Andrews and lyricise My Favourite Things. A Buff would feature for sure. This one even has snowflakes. Begone whiskered kittens.
Ensure he stays on guard with this pack of 10 pairs of NipGuard’s. Nipples rejoice.
Roll away those aches and pains with the TP Massage Ball. It is great for use on the neck, shoulders, back, chest, piriformis, and calves. One handy ball.
The Adidas running light has 3 different flashing speeds. It fails to reach the Saviour of the Universe levels of another famous Flash but gets pretty close.
The Nike Expandable Lean Running Waistpack. The Mary Poppins carpet bag of running belts.
The Balega Enduro sock is the most comfortable I have ever worn. Before leaving the Balega nest each pair are washed so they are ready to run. Fact. What lovely people, and brilliant socks.
Runner’s take note. These lovely notebooks are hand finished with 4 different running related phrases. If you are lucky the runner in your life will then be able to recount to you otherwise forgotten details of that great 4 mile run on the 4th of June.
The glove is a winter running essential and this ColdGear Liner Glove from Under Armour is ideal for wearing on its own or layering under thicker gloves should the temperature plummet to double glove status.
The final Buff on show is the Buff Junior Kukuxumusu Popurri Bildots. I had to investigate the crazy name. This is a Buff collaboration with the Basque brand Kukuxumusu (meaning the kiss of the flea, purposefully nonsensical) who are known for their distinctive crazy animal prints. Actually a very interesting and innovative company check them out if you get the chance.
The new FitSip Pro-Lite Hands-Free Hydration System, has been hard to keep hold of since it landed with us a few weeks ago. Ultra lightweight and breathable, it is everything the runner needs to get going with 100% hands-free hydration.
Christmas is chocolate. So the Running Quote Chocolate Bar is stocking perfection.