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BEST FOOT FORWARD

AFTER SOME NEW SHOES FOR THE TRAILS? WE’VE TESTED SOME OF THE LATEST ON THE MARKET TO HELP YOU DECIDE ON YOUR NEXT PAIR

SALMING ELEMENTS

£129.99, salming.com

Need to be seen on the trails? You will not be missed in these neon yellow numbers – and thankfully the performance is pretty blinding, too. The Elements is described as being perfect for obstacle courses and fell running, as well as trail running. We tried it out during a spectacularly wet period, running mostly on deeply muddy, slippery forest slopes, as well as more manageable chip paths and river towpaths. The grip from the 8mm lugs is brilliant and feel for the ground – for what looks like a fairly bulky shoe – is really good, too. Its low heelto- toe drop and RunLite midsole help you really know the trail underneath your feet, which is especially good when the conditions are constantly changing to work against you. These won’t keep your feet dry, but they do drain exceptionally well and dried really quickly even after very stormy runs. A small feature that we really liked was the laces, which absolutely stayed tied no matter what. The Elements have a deliberately roomy toe box so that your forefoot can spread out as it lands, but we did find this meant it felt a bit too loose sometimes, even with careful adjustment of the laces – well worth trying on before you buy. Overall though, a great shoe for people who like to hit the trails in any weather.

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Ready to take your running off-road? Then make sure you pick up a copy of the October issue of Women’s Running – our trail special. If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll find advice for taking those first steps on the trails and, for the more experienced off-road enthusiasts, tips from the pros – find out how to “ascend like a mountain goat and descend like a demon”. With expert guides to finding the right trail shoes for you, exclusive reviews of the latest off-road shoes and top-to-toe kit suggestions for every off-road eventuality, we’ve also got your off-road wardrobe sorted. And if you’re struggling for inspiration to take your running off road, look no further than our interview with cover star Susie Chan, whose passion for trail running has taken her from the desert to the jungle. Prefer to stick to the roads? No problem. Try our sharp sessions for 10K runners – or, if you’re taking on the longer distance, don’t miss our complete race-day guide for serious marathon runners, packed with all the advice you’ll need on making your race day seamless.