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Women's Running Magazine by Women's Running Magazine - 1d ago

For run-commutes, longer runs and ultra races, a good backpack for our gear that doesn’t shift while we do is essential.

IAMRUNBOX Backpack Pro

£137.99, iamrunbox.com
Tester: Caroline

While the price means it’s an investment piece, for run-commuting the Backpack Pro is spot on. It’s a solid case designed to carry clothes and laptop while you beat the traffic on foot. Surprisingly lightweight, there’s no bounce, largely due to the padded straps and close fit. It’s water resistant and there are some inspired touches, noticeably a folding assistant card to help clothes stay fresh.

TNF Flight Race MT 7

£100, thenorthface.co.uk
Tester: Tina

The front of this pack gives it the edge; it feels very secure across your chest, and the nozzles of the two soft flasks angle inwards cleverly so it’s very easy to drink from them – they don’t wave around. The padding makes it very comfortable, even on long hilly runs, and there’s ample stash room plus stretchy loops for more kit. The pack stretches with you so it’s excellent for comfort, too.

Ultimate Performance Tarn 1.5 Hydration Pack

£31.99, runnersneed.com
Tester: Geri

This lightweight hydration pack has a decent-size pocket for keys, money and food. The pack has fully adjustable chest, shoulder and waist fastening straps to ensure comfort and no bounce. A breathable air mesh allows air flow to assist with body temperature regulation. It’s great value.

Proviz Reflect360 Running Backpack

£59.99, provizsports.com
Tester: Beccy

Made with exceptionally reflective material, you won’t worry about being seen wearing this! Light yet spacious, it’s designed to keep weight off your back and it feels very supportive. Zip pockets on the waist strap allow easy and accessible storage.

Gregory Maya 10

£65, eu.gregorypacks.com
Tester: Susan

Lightweight and functional, this pack has a multitude of storage options plus room for a hydration bladder. It has a front zippered pocket, stretch-mesh side pockets and a zipped interior pocket. The fit is snug, with no moving parts and a good suspension system for rough terrain.

Salomon Adv Skin 8 Set

£115, salomon.com
Tester: Tina

It’s hard to fault this female-designed vest for comfort and fit – it’s shaped to eliminate pressure on your boobs. Long nozzles on the two included soft flasks mean you can drink on the go without rummaging around for your bottles. Storage is bountiful and it’s incredibly lightweight.

Montane Via Gecko Vest

£70, montane.co.uk
Tester: Louise

Weighing only 200gm, you hardly notice you are wearing this vest. Easy to get on and off, it has three-point stretch harness straps, with adjustable hooks and multiple attachments points. It has plenty of pockets, which are very easy to reach, with a larger one at the back big enough to carry a light waterproof. It also has an underarm pole attachment. Comfortable and stretchy, this will take you for miles when you’re out on long runs.

RonHill Pioneer 8L

£80, ronhill.com
Tester: Susan

A premium vest that is so lightweight, you really won’t notice you are wearing it. It’s compatible with a hydration system and has plentiful pockets and storage. The stretch webbing and panels, when combined with two elasticated, adjustable sternum chest straps, mean you can get the perfect fit. It also has two stretch mesh pockets with an adjustable draw-cord closure to fit bottles in. Also easy to get on and off.

INOV-8 All Terrain 15

£55, runnersneed.com
Tester: Geri

This is a very lightweight backpack designed for running or long hikes and it’s easy to use on the move. Access is simple through the roll-top closure and it handily compresses down in size for lighter capacity. The backpack length can be adjusted for better fit and comfort, and it has handy pockets for your essentials so there’s no need to rummage through the main bag. This is the perfect bag for trail running and it looks great too.

CamelBak Women’s Ultra Pro Vest

£99, upandrunning.co.uk
Tester: Louise

Very light (only 150g), this running vest has stretch overflow pockets and a secure section for your phone – you aren’t short of storage with this practical option. With two collapsible quick- stow 1.5L bottles for water, it’s perfect for hotter months. It also has trekking pole attachments and reflectivity strips on the back. In a striking shade of aqua it looks fashionable, too.

ASICS Running Backpack

£40, asics.com
Tester: Esther

This comfortable, waterproof backpack is great for mid-length runs, with handy pockets on the front of the straps for gels and bars, a zipped section
at the back for your bits and pieces, as well as a Velcro pocket to stuff in a water pouch. It has a super-handy kangaroo pouch in the lower back for items you need to get to quickly. However, the chest strap, although comfortable, doesn’t pull tight enough to prevent movement while running.

OMM Ultra 15

£65, runnersneed.com
Tester: Caroline

This is an exceptional running backpack. It looks deceptively simple, but it has an array of hidden features from the built-in whistle on the chest strap, to the numerous pockets, both zipped and elasticated, that are perfect for phone, keys and gels. The outer shell is reflective for good visibility on night runs. It is hydration ‘bladder pack’ compatible too, with loops for the drinking tube either over or under the shoulder.

Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 113 May 2019.

How we test: All our kit is tested by real runners. Our reviews team is a group of passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathon runners 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.

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Women's Running Magazine by Women's Running Magazine - 4d ago

The latest releases, with up-to-date technical advances and design, to power you through your training

ON Cloud Edge Moonlight

£135, on-running.com
Tester: Geri

From the funky colour to the amazing design and feel, you will fall in love with everything about the Cloud Edge Moonlight shoes. They are extremely comfortable to run in, with a snug fit. Everything is considered, with details such as a finger loop at the back, which helps with slipping them on and off, to the high-performance function of the CloudTec sole and Speedboard. The reflective material and laces just add to the desirable appearance. The outer material is breathable and the shoes are responsive and lightweight, which gives a smooth ride and cushioned feel with every stride. They’re perfect for a speed training session or for road running, rain or shine. The Moonlight comes in a very attractive Iris & Dust Grey combination of colour. A comfortable and versatile shoe. We feel confident you will be impressed. Every woman needs a pair of Ons! These shoes are not only high performance, but pretty sexy too. They’re lightweight, responsive, highly reflective, and they just look so good, too.

BROOKS Adrenaline GTS 19

£120, brooksrunning.com
Tester: Louise

Streamlined and sleek, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is a running shoe you want to be seen in, and works for all lengths of run. A smooth ride from the first wear, its newly improved cushioning is excellent. The plush tongue and collar mean no rubbing on feet or unwanted pressure. A two-part guide-rail system sits on top of the midsole and extends toward the upper, to keep the foot moving along its most efficient path, stabilising the knees. Roomy and comfortable in the toe area, what it lacks in structural support round the ankle, it makes up for in lightness and bounce. The DNA BioMoGo and DNA Loft (the gel inside the shoe) adapt to the force you apply, which worked well both on and off road. The chic colour combo is stylish-looking too. A great mid-priced shoe.

SAUCONY Triumph ISO 5

£140, sportsshoes.comsaucony.com
Tester: Caroline

A neutral shoe that’s so comfortable and responsive it’s bound to keep you going strong on long runs. The Everun sole is designed to give exceptional energy return on the midfoot. The addition of the Formfit sole in conjunction with the Isofit design, which adapts to your foot shape, result in a super-comfortable and luxurious ride. The upper is fine knit, designed for breathability but it also provides more flex – in fact, the Triumph ISO 5 is the perfect balance between sturdy and flexible. Extra loops on the laces add stability and support further up the front foot and more rigidity to the ankle. Reflective detailing is a clever feature and the aqua colour looks fresh, too. It’s not the lightest shoe around, but it’s a great choice for more cushion and comfort when upping mileage.

HOKA Mach 2

£125, hokaoneone.com
Tester: Tina

This shoe has excellent cushioning, from the Profly midsole, making it ideal if you have a niggle and want extra security. It’s a shoe definitely suited to long runs, but surprisingly it’s unbelievably light, too, so it also suits speed sessions. The fit isn’t overly tight, so there’s little risk of hotspots, such as getting blisters on your little toes, or feeling scrunched up in the toe box. The ventilation is spot on; you can feel the cold air rushing over your pinkies. The upper is thin but it hugs your foot and these felt secure around the heel. How can you not comment on the feminine pastel colour, as well – even if you’re not particularly girly, they look stunning on. These are definitely worth a try if you are looking for a lightweight but cushioned shoe.

361° Strata 3

£134.99, 361europe.com/en
Tester: Susan

These are a great choice for road running, or for light trails and are especially suited to overpronating runners. The arched sidewalls provide vital support to your midfoot area, help to control pronation and encourage a natural gait. The Morphit lacing system makes your foot feel streamlined and secure while keeping you feeling locked down. The fit in the toe area is generous and enhances the overall comfort. Cushioning is good, especially in the heel area, with no slippage. The mesh upper is very effective, protecting you from overheating. A specifically positioned flex groove mimics the natural movement of the foot, providing a natural ground contact. And they look good, too.

Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 110 February 2019.

How we test: All our kit is tested by real runners. Our reviews team is a group of passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathon runners 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.

Looking for a pair of support shoes instead? Check out our top picks.

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We’re excited to announce that the Women’s Running Injury Avoidance and Recovery Course is now upon for registration!

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The course is yours to keep for life, to refer to when you need it. And it’s also ongoing, as we will update it each year. These bonus updates will be included in your enrolment.

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Women's Running Magazine by Women's Running Magazine - 1w ago

Wise fuelling can hep produce your best performances, but which gels and bars suit your needs and tastes?

Torq Energy Bar

£27.50 for 15, torqfitness.co.uk
Tester: Louise

Delicious, fast working, moist and perfectly sweet, Torq energy bars deliver fast results. With or without caffeine, the taste is natural and authentic giving you an instant energy boost during your races and long runs, plus they include five electrolytes. You can even select which flavours you want if you order a box.

SIS GO Isotonic Energy Gel

£1.50, scienceinsport.com
Tester: Tina

These gels feel substantial to eat, plus they’re easy to digest without water. When you’re feeling your energy dip these lift you and they soon feel like a gel you can trust to get you to the finish line – crucially, without irritating your stomach. The cherry and apple flavour is especially refreshing; a perfect level of sweetness.

High 5 Energy gel/Energy Gel Aqua

£1.20/£1.40, highfive.co.uk
Tester: Geri

What makes the High 5 Energy Gel range so likeable is their consistency; they are so easy to swallow, not sickly or thick. It feels like a drink of water, but you still get that vital boost of energy. The High 5 with caffeine will give you a little extra boost, keeping you alert and focused in a race.

CLIF Shot Energy Gel Mocha +caffeine

£24.99 for 24, clifbar.co.uk
Tester: Geri

The gel is light and easy to get out of the packet. The taste is agreeable and simple to digest, albeit best taken with water. They’re easy to carry, fitting perfectly in a running belt. The effect of the gel is noticeable within 10 minutes and the boost from the 50g of caffeine is surprisingly quick – perfect for the end of a long run. Neatly, a litter leash prevents the foil tab at the top breaking off.

GU Energy Gel

£40.80 for 24, guenergy.co.uk
Tester: Caroline

These perfect pocket-sized GU Energy Gels work a treat and taste like one too, with appetising flavours such as Chocolate Outrage and Salted Caramel. Easy to carry in a pocket or belt, they function well on the go: simply tear and squeeze. Easy to swallow, without the need for water, the GU Energy Gels are super-sweet – and they can really pick you up on a long run.

TORQ Energy Gel

£24 for 15, torqfitness.co.uk
Tester: Louise

These gels taste delicious, with plenty of great flavours that sound more like desserts than energy fuel. Flavours such as Rhubarb and Custard, Cherry Bakewell and Apple Crumble are refreshingly unusual, and the taste is sweet without feeling sickly. You are fully fuelled up with each gel delivering 30g of carbohydrate. There’s no unpleasant aftertaste and when consumed mid run your energy is definitely increased.

GU Chews

£52.20 for 18 double serving packets, guenergy.co.uk
Tester: Caroline

GU Chews are for the sweet-toothed runner who struggles with gels – a no-nonsense product without all that stickiness. Just try not to gorge on these prior to a run as they taste so good! Great on the stomach, but they may stick to the teeth.

SIS Go Energy Bar

£1.50, scienceinsport.com
Tester: Tina

The fruit juices and dried fruits make this bar taste more natural than many others. The texture is moist and easy to digest on the run. The result is a sustained, slow-release energy and it’s perfect as a pre-workout top-up too. A caffeine version is also available, for that extra kick.

Honey Stinger Rocket Chocolate

£2 per bar, honeystinger.co.uk
Tester: Susan

A fabulous energy bar with a rich cocoa flavour and a chocolate layer on the bottom, it really feels like a treat. With 23 vitamins and minerals, over 30 per cent honey, whole grains, antioxidants and natural flavouring, these really do pack a punch.

Stealth Juice Bar

£25 for 16, secret-training.com
Tester: 
Susan

Vegan and gluten-free energy bars that are somewhere between a gel and a traditional bar. The texture is like fondant and is perfect for consuming on the go. They have easy to open packaging and are much less gooey than traditional gels – your fingers don’t get all sticky mid-run. Combined with real fruit juice, both flavours are refreshing; the Apple & Blackcurrant is sweet, yet not overly so; while the Orange & Pineapple is very pleasant with a zingy taste.

Tribe Infinity Energy

£18 for 24, waeretribe.co
Tester: Tina

Testing these were a pleasure! These natural oat bars in a variety of tasty flavour combos, including scrummy Peanut Butter + Banana and a subtle Apple + Cinnamon, are great for long runs. Containing seeds and fruit, they’ll provide both protein and carbs while you’re on the move. They’re easy to swallow and a donation from each sale goes towards the Tribe Freedom Foundation, whose mission is to end human trafficking.

Stealth Energy Gel Selection

£20 for 14, secret-training.com
Tester: Susan

You’ll love that these gels are naturally flavoured, vegan and leave no after taste. Lemon & Lime and Watermelon were really refreshing, a pleasant texture and can be consumed on the go without water. Berry flavour includes caffeine and betaine and successfully fuelled the push from 14 to 16 miles on a long run. Easy to open while running, these gels are perfect for your marathon training.

Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 108 February 2019.

How we test: This kit has been tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. Our group testers have run in the shoes our their usual runs to see if they go the distance. They give each piece of kit a star rating.

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  • Saheli Hub project manager Naseem Akhtar named in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 
  • Saheli entrants help make Great Birmingham Run one of most diverse UK events
  • Naseem hopes BEM highlights mission to get women from all backgrounds active

NASEEM Akhtar is aiming to use her ‘shock’ appearance in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a springboard to shatter the ‘stereotype and myth’ about Asian women and exercise – and help keep the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run at the forefront of the most culturally-diverse half marathons in the UK.

The 51-year-old will be awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal (BEM) for her unstinting 21-year service to ‘health, fitness and sports for women in Birmingham’ at the Council House in September – just a month before she helps a group of Saheli Hub members earn their own medals at the Great Birmingham Run half marathon on Sunday 13 October.

The Saheli Hub began answering the need for female-only health and wellbeing activities across Birmingham in 1998, with its sessions catering for all cultural-sensitivities, including Muslim women.

As project manager, Naseem has inspired around 100 women to enter Great Run Company events in Brum since Saheli Hub began offering walk/jog/run sessions at city parks five years ago.

Through the Great Birmingham Run’s engagement with organisations like Saheli Hub, Sikhs in the City, Zero Hunger and PWC, plus its links with Commonwealth nations representatives and international students, the annual 13.1-mile challenge can stake a strong claim to being the most culturally-diverse half marathon in the country.

Naseem and her Saheli Hub team are aiming to celebrate that fact, not to mention the prestigious BEM, by encouraging even more women to become active – and join them at the start-line.

“I’m still in total shock but this isn’t about me,” said Naseem, who has also been invited to the Queen’s annual garden party at Buckingham Palace next year.

“The British Empire Medal is recognition for everyone involved with Saheli Hub – especially those who attend our sessions – as we look to empower women from all backgrounds to do what they want to do and be who they want to be.

“The most important thing is the BEM further highlights our ongoing mission to challenge that old stereotype of Asian women not being able to exercise or take part in sport. We’re shattering that myth by making exercise and sport accessible for women of any background, not just within their local community but in City-wide events and even further afield.

“We take great satisfaction in seeing women who have rarely walked long distances – let alone jog or run them – progress to completing events like the Great Birmingham 10K or Great Birmingham Run.

“We’re really proud our city hosts one of – if not the – most diverse half marathons in the country. We want to reinforce that by encouraging women from all backgrounds, faiths and age groups to get active, so they then reap the health benefits.”

Thousands of pounds will once again be raised for worthwhile causes when runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities tackle the Midlands’ most popular half marathon.

Saheli Hub organises weekly walk/jog/run groups for women of all abilities in four different parks around the city: Cannon Hill Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm; Ward End Park on Wednesdays at 9:30am and Saturdays at 11:30am; Handsworth Park on Sundays at 9am; Small Heath Park on Sundays at 10am.

“We go out of our way to make new members feel comfortable and welcome,” added Naseem, who was among the group of Saheli Hub women that joined the Great Birmingham 10K Walking Wave last month during Ramadan.

“Many join us as complete novices with little-to-zero confidence. Slowly but surely, we help them achieve whatever they want to – be it regular, gentle exercise or to progress to events like the Great Birmingham 10K and Great Birmingham Run.”

To enter this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 13, visit: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run

Anyone who entered the 2019 Great Birmingham 10K will receive £10 off their entry fee for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon.

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There are four chances to win a pair of these stunning shoes from 361˚. Worth £119.99 each, the 361˚ Nemesis is a classic stable trainer – the ideal choice for runners seeking a secure and comfortable run.

With its Fitz-Rite midfoot and soft internal webbing to hold your foot securely in place, its roomy toebox and pressure-free tongue construction, the Nemesis will quickly become your go-to shoe of choice, offering unparalleled 
comfort every step of the way.

The molded Quikfoam insole, meanwhile, offers support exactly where you need it, and the stable molded EVA base provides a secure platform from which to launch yourself forward. Meanwhile the QuikSpine medial midfoot 
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Not only that, but it looks the part too. 361˚ reckons these will become your everyday choice of running shoe, and we have to agree. Whether you’re out for brief trot around the block or a longer Sunday run, these are your ideal running partner.

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From the early days of endless nappies and feeding on demand, to the years of school runs and constant ferrying to play dates and after-clubs, grabbing a few minutes for yourself can seem impossible. In fact almost a third of mothers (30%) said that they had less than an hour to take for themselves each day.

The latest research from Sport England has revealed that not only do mums feel that they don’t have time to exercise but that 61% of mums feel guilty about taking time out to exercise. The survey of over 1,000 mothers of children up to 6 years old, showed that most would prioritise being with family, cooking and housework over time for themselves to workout. This is despite 77% of mothers wanting to do more exercise.

Mum, Natalie Lee said, “Feeling guilty and motherhood are undoubtedly synonymous. Exercise is another thing on the long list of stuff to feel guilty about.”

The new research will inform the latest campaign from This Girl Can. It is set to help busy mums fit exercise into their hectic schedules, providing them with a series of tips, advice and home work out ideas.

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Lisa O’Keefe, Insight Director at Sport England commented, “Our insights show that children with active parents – particularly mothers – are more likely to be active themselves. And children who have positive experiences of sport and physical activity early on are also more likely to prioritise being active in later life.”

Findings suggest that active mums have more active children and that the mothers have a greater influence on children’s activity levels compared to fathers. Sport’s England found young people aged between 11-15 with an active mother are more likely to be active, than those with a non-active mother. By taking time to keep active, mothers actually benefit the health of their whole family.

Psychologist, Emma Kenny said, “This research gives mums a really powerful message about the importance of self-care. As a mum, you may believe that looking after everyone else’s needs is your main priority, but the truth is that you need to take care of yourself first and foremost, because that ensures you have the energy to look after those you love.” 

The Minister for Sport and Civil Society , Mims Davies added, “This research makes clear just how influential mums can be on their children’s physical activity levels, which is so important for mental wellbeing, educational outcomes and development of important life skills like teamwork and leadership. We are determined to get half a million more people into sport and physical activity across England by 2020, with at least half of these being women.”

For more information about This Girl Can, visit their website.

To see Sport England’s research, visit their website.

If you want to get more active, see our 12 running hacks for busy mums.

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For those runners who pronate (your foot rolls inwards when you run), these support shoes will ensure both comfort and speed.

Brooks Ravenna 10

£110| brooksrunning.com

The Brooks Ravenna 10 have a new GuideRails holistic support system, and with an updated midsole with additional foam under the forefoot, this shoe offers a longer-lasting and energising run experience. Considering they are support shoes, they felt almost too light on first wear. True to size, with a comfort level that will rival your slippers, they look stunning, feel instantly comfortable and offer solid support to overpronators without looking bulky and built up. As they are lighter shoes, they are probably best suited for shorter distances, road or light, dry trails – although on an eight-mile run they were consistently comfortable and performed exceptionally well. They have a soft upper, which offers great breathability, with laces which stay tied and they have a good tread too. Overall, the Ravenna 10 is versatile; it’s available in three colours and two different widths, and is suitable for racing, training or just wearing with summer shorts.

HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 3

£115, hokaoneone.com

The Arahi 3 has a fantastically supportive ride. For runners with mild to severe pronation, these shoes provide dynamic stability, supporting the foot by guiding it through its natural gait cycle. They do that without being too bulky or rigid. The sole is wonderfully cushioned, with a heel rocker that really encourages correct alignment of the mid-foot with great propulsion for a smooth ride. What is really impressive is how they offer maximum cushioning and support while being supremely lightweight. It’s almost like you’re running on air. A lightweight upper, engineered with a breathable mesh, keeps your foot cool and dry on longer runs. These trainers look fantastic, coming in a gorgeous pink and indigo colour and all at a really reasonable price too.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080V9

£135, newbalance.co.uk

The full-length Fresh Foam midsole along with the Orthalite insole gives a comfortable, relaxed ride. The superior arch support inspires confidence on multi-terrain runs and we found the toe-box to be very roomy too. In changeable seasonal weather, feet stay remarkably dry, which may be in part down to the snug double-jacquard upper which is super stretchy and comfortable on the top of the foot. This shoe is light, but being a serious support shoe, it’s not as lightweight as some, so you don’t feel that great propulsion so much on the strike. But you will get 100% reassurance that your foot is hitting the ground correctly by stopping your over-pronation, making your runs feel effortless.

Saucony Hurricane ISO 5

£140, saucony.com

This shoe is excellent for extra support and stability. The full length Everun midsole plus topsole offers good energy return and a luxurious cushioned feel underfoot. Designed for runners with mild to severe pronation, the ISOFIT system adapts to the shape and motion of the runner’s foot. It has a breathable mesh upper with ISOFIT that wraps your foot and reduces excess motion. The shape and style may look wide on first outing, but you soon enjoy the extra breathability and comfort. These shoes come in two striking colourway options; whether it’s blue/turquoise or the gunmetal/navy shoe, they certainly make a statement. These are running shoes you will want to wear all the time straight out of the box and they need little time to be broken in because they adapt immediately to your foot.

On Cloudace

£170, on-running.com

These are a stylish, super-comfortable road shoe that offer maximum support and comfort plus a smooth ride. Although not overly lightweight, they have great bounce thanks to CloudTec, which provides great landing and cushioning, particularly when pounding the streets on long runs. They tend to be on the narrow side, so you want to purchase a size larger. They initially feel slightly stiff, but once the laces are adjusted correctly and you’ve completed a few break-in runs, this shoe moulds beautifully to your foot, offering great support in midfoot without being restrictive. They’re adequately waterproof and breathable, thanks to the upper mesh and have useful reflective logos. As a bonus, these shoes are an attractive design, so wouldn’t look out of place worn casually with jeans

Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 111 May 2019.

How we test: These road shoes have been tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. Our group testers have run in the shoes our their usual runs to see if they go the distance. They give each piece of kit a star rating.

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Road shoes are the workhorses of our running wardrobe: it’s essential to choose carefully, as you’re going to be in them a lot! These road shoes have been tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. Our group testers have run in the shoes our their usual runs to see if they go the distance. They give each piece of kit a star rating.

Altra Torin 3.5

£120, altrafootwear.co.uk

These shoes fit perfectly for long runs, due to the breathable mesh upper which keeps your feet cool, while the ingenious foot shape toe box enables toes to relax and spread out naturally. It has a zero- drop platform that places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your run, and it cleverly customises to the foot for a bespoke fit.

UnderArmour Hovr Infinite

£120, underarmour.co.uk

There’s plenty of plush padding around the heel and in the tongue of these shoes, making them an extremely comfortable ride. They feel true to size, though there’s a good amount of space for the foot to expand, which may not appeal to runners who like a tight, snug fit. The HOVR cushioning feels great to run in, and this is a versatile shoe that will probably see you run happy at any distance.

On Cloud Surfer

£135, on-running.com/en-gb

The love affair with ONs continues. Running with the cloud surfer is truly like running on air. This shoe is super responsive, enabling a quicker foot strike. It’s a good-looking shoe, comfortable from the moment you wear it. It’s light and provides outstanding grip and traction. This is the perfect shoe for a speed session, racing or road running both long and short distances.

Asics Dynaflyte 3 Lite Show

£140, asics.com

This shoe is recommended for a fast, neutral runner. They are light, comfortable and feel very springy. Ideal for speed sessions but also for those longer runs. The flight foam cushions the impact of running without losing the connection with the ground. It has a smooth heel to toe transition and is extremely comfortable during long runs. The gel cushioning provides lightweight support and protection against any rubbing.

Salomon Predict RA

£140, salomon.com

The Salomon Predict running shoe has created a whole new structure. It features new bespoke cushioning that supports you where and when you need it, building a platform that moves with the human foot. Your foot will feel snug all round as it has 360° upper fit, a firm moulded heel and a highly cushioned base giving great support without restriction. Secure, stable but soft, you will experience a smooth run with these.

Brooks Transcend

£140, brooksrunning.com

The Brooks Transcend is a great choice for the longer distance road runs. The fit is aimed with comfort in mind and runs seem effortlessly supportive. The stretch knit upper provides flexibility and freedom, while the sturdy supportive heel propels you with confidence in its rigidity. This stylish shoe will transcend you to the finish line.

Mizuno Wave Inspire

£125, mizuno.eu

This upgrade boasts a new heel wedge and de-coupled sole design with more flexibility so you can feel the extra support on the heel area as you run. The cosy fit toe box adjusts to a stretchier fit after a few runs, but this is a solid every day running shoe. A fun and eye-catching design.

Reebok Floatride

£84.95, reebok.co.uk

This shoe is good for any speed or distance. It has a lightweight, flexible upper and a comfy but responsive sole. Full midsole contact keeps it flexible and lightweight. It’s quite narrow in the toe and heel, but once laced through the back eyelets it’s secure. A shoe for all occasions.

361 Feisu

£99.99, 361europe.com/en

Featuring a stable sole with a guide line to reduce lateral movement and high heel-toe drop (10mm). The grip is good, with durable rubber under the heel, and it has a generous toe box. To keep the weight low the upper is minimal. This could be a perfect choice in racing shoe for heel strikers.

Saucony Liberty ISOr

£140, saucony.co.uk

This shoe is a great choice for the road, its responsive and alert with every stride. The fit is snug as the frame design adds support all around the foot on the strike. The toe box has plenty of room for the wider foot and the higher laces and upper add to the confidence you have when running in these shoes. The Everun sole puts emphasis on support and comfort over flexibility of the shoe.

Hoka Clifton 5

£115, hokaoneone.com

The Clifton 5 are light, superbly cushioned and very fast. They have technology unique to Hoka that provides midsole geometry, which feels great underfoot – even in the later miles of a long run. They have a mesh upper construction, which aids breathability and comfort to keep your feet nice and cool. The full ground contact design provides great traction on all surfaces, even muddy ones! It’s a stylish trainer.

Adidas Ultraboost 19

£159.95, adidas.co.uk

The PrimeKnit upper feels so supportive in these shoes, so you’re getting a very snug and highly breathable all-over fit. The Boost midsole is probably the bounciest you will run in and just makes you feel that you have so much more energy in every stride. With Continental Rubber on the outsole the traction is superior. It’s a very flexible shoe but there’s enough support and structure that you feel confident to really fly.

Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 111 March 2019.

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