We get asked this question every year.

The answer is it depends on weather but normally the earlier races are dry enough to use standard road shoes so long as they have a decent grip and you don't mind getting them muddy.

Later on in the season, unless the ground freezes you will need trail shoes or spikes. *Unless you really want to invest in spikes, trail shoes are the best all-round option.

Inov-8 shoes are a popular choice and are also good for swim-run in the summer due to them being lite weight and good in the wet.

Something like the Mudclaw or Talon level of grip is about right for most conditions.

https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/ino867/inov~8-mudclaw-300-fell-...

https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/ino907/inov8-x~talon-200-trail-...

I hope you like your shoes in bright colours!

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And these shoes are recommended by Surrey athletics for their segregated women's races ;-)

https://www.lesara.co.uk/floral-high-top-wedge-trainers-173468.html...

Hi Tony

While I don't think Surrey Athletics segregation of male and female events is anything other than an unfortunate historical legacy.

I would like to move us to the unsegregated Kent League however I don't know the secret handshake, if you know anyone who can help - let us know.

Paul, all, re shoes I always wear spikes. they're the lightest and have the most grip/gather the least mud. the tiny compromise of clattering over a few stones here and there is hardly a major inconvenience. and the good news is that as you'll only do 30m a year in the them, they last for ages. I'm still wearing my 2004 pair...

re the Kent XC league the men and the women run different times and distances and on different days too. The difference btw Kent league & Surrey league is that in Kent there's only a single division [no promotion/relegation] so the field is massive and the quality of Tonbridge AC is scary for everyone, not just those in Division 1!

Interestingly, Kent AC compete in [and usually win] the Surrey XC League. go figure.

Thanks Lloyd

Was relieved to find that spiked trainers are also available for female runners in the segregated Kent races too

https://goo.gl/images/v1AAet



Lloyd Collier said:

Paul, all, re shoes I always wear spikes. they're the lightest and have the most grip/gather the least mud. the tiny compromise of clattering over a few stones here and there is hardly a major inconvenience. and the good news is that as you'll only do 30m a year in the them, they last for ages. I'm still wearing my 2004 pair...

re the Kent XC league the men and the women run different times and distances and on different days too. The difference btw Kent league & Surrey league is that in Kent there's only a single division [no promotion/relegation] so the field is massive and the quality of Tonbridge AC is scary for everyone, not just those in Division 1!

Interestingly, Kent AC compete in [and usually win] the Surrey XC League. go figure.

My understanding is the male and female races in the Kent league happen on the same day/venue, unless my reading of the schedule is wrong.

If any one is a member of the masons and can put in a good word for us it would appreciated too keep tony happy, otherwise expect no-change and we'll be battling it out in the surrey league.

Paul

The ladies run ~5k and the men run ~10k. V70 men run with the ladies. sometimes the schedules coincide and other years they can be on different weekends.

They are on different weekends this year: http://www.kcaa.org.uk/cross%20country.htm

Do we really want to go all the way to Somerhill (Tonbridge)?

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