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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > May 2019 - POWER UP! > ESSENTIAL KIT


For those lucky runners who don’t need additional foot support, these neutral shoes could propel you towards that PB


Asics MetaRide

£225 | Tester Lauren

The MetaRide, as you might hope at this price point, offers a great fit with no rubbing or chafing, and cushioning in the midsole and heel to reduce impact. Guidesole technology will make waves in the long-distance running community: the curved sole shifts the body weight forward, propelling you on and making it easier to run further, although it can take a little getting used to. MetaRide has been scientifically proven, says Asics, to reduce energy loss at the ankle joint, where most energy is expended. In real life, the effect is that you should be able to run for longer. We love the styling – it’s a beautiful shoe, and that bright red FlyteFoam sole has added grip for traction, which means it works pretty well off road, too. This shoe with attitude does come with a drawback: it’s an investment pair, but one we think is worth the outlay.

How we test

Our kit is tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. We wear the clothes, run in the shoes and use the tech on our usual runs to see if they go the distance. We then give each piece of kit our star rating. Prices are RRP and correct at time of printing.

Our team

Louise Breckon-Richards

Actress, writer and mum of two boys. Runs three times a week in north London.

Geri Perrier Wife and mum. Travels the world for work. Loves off-road running and discovering new trails.

Susan Bonnar Promotions and marketing manager, and mum of three. Discovered running in her mid-40s.

Tina Chantrey Mum of three, loves all distances and terrains, coaches running group, Shewhodaresruns.

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About Women’s Running

In the May issue of Women’s Running, we are fast and FIERCE. We uncover 15 ways that running can make you more powerful, physically and mentally, and we’ve put them to the test. We also investigate the controversial topic of disordered eating and running: what are the warning signs to look out for in ourselves and others, and how we can support people who show symptoms of this harrowing and broad reaching mental illness that is unhappily prevalent in our community. We speak to journalist and author Bella Mackie on how she used running to manage the symptoms of her anxiety - so well, in fact, that she wrote a book about it. And we review tons of kit, including trail backpacks for days off the beaten track, some stunning neutral shoes, and fab all-weather jackets. Plus, we’ve got a training guide for a five-mile race, the ultimate marathon nutrition guide, and a lustworthy compo from Ultra - win three pairs of shoes worth £360!