The world may be about to be put on hold once more due to the Coronavirus pandemic but luckily for the racers out there, plenty of marathons are still taking place across the UK for the rest of 2020. From Leicester to Bedford, Guernsey to Jersey, you can even take part in the 40th edition of the London Marathon this year virtually.
A whopping 457,861 people had signed up for this year’s event in the capital but the race will only be competed by elite athletes this time around. However, while lockdown has thrown up plenty of disappointments, it has seen thousands getting more active.
So, wherever you’re able to participate, you’re going to need a durable, practical, sturdy pair of running shoes to cope with those wet, windy and wintery conditions as you pound through those excruciating yet exhilarating 26.2 miles. Even if you’ve just become a keen runner in the last six months, here’s a pick of the best trainers on the market right now heading into the coldest months of the year.
The Best For Gaining A Competitive Edge
The Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next%
These babies are designed to break records, according to Nike. Simple as that. Durable but far from ordinary, the eye-catching design is made for training and competing.
Featuring a ‘translucent, high tenacity Flyknit and synthetic upper’ this new release mixes a futuristic look with one of cool simplicity.
They literally put a spring in your step, with a visible responsive cushion there and Nike ZoomX foam to aid your running. The Nike React technology keeps the heel secure and makes for a light shoe.
The Best For Going The Distance
LA Sportiva Tempesta GTX
This is the one for the long-distance enthusiasts, those of you who batter the pavements for miles and miles and miles. Built for everyday training sessions and featuring enhanced Gore-Tex protection, these kicks are extremely durable but just as importantly, they allow your feet to breathe thanks to the lightweight design.
Perfect too for different terrains courtesy of its Sock-Shield construction. The GTX is the most recent addition to the La Sportiva collection and ticks all of the boxes for this winter’s pursuits.
The Best For Off-Road Pursuits
Ideal for rocky terrain, climbing mountains and clambering over countryside, these have been made with beating nature in mind. Built with a narrow midfoot for added torsion, the Cloudventure Waterproof will help your feet navigate uneven ground and push you further.
The clue is in the name too, of course, that there will be no soggy feet wearing a pair of these as the advanced On membrane is completely waterproof. They are practical too, with an elastic lace loop on the tongue cancelling out any chance of trips or falls in treacherous conditions.
The Best For Looking The Part
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v5
Sharing a name with former Spain and Real Madrid star Fernando, these Hierro v5s are just as stylish and effective and a great defender against the outdoors.
Boasting a solid Vibram outsole for the trail running, they will boost your performance in your pursuit of those long, arduous distances. Supremely comfortable, they will help your feet when the going gets tough as the finish line enters your sight.
The Best For A White Christmas
Salomon Snowspike CSWP
These waterproof runners are bright and feisty and will help you burn off the coldest of winter snaps. Boasting a built-in trail gaiter and high-rebound midsole, these boots will protect your feet from the harsh conditions right up past your ankles.
The Quicklace adjustment makes for a more comfortable fit while the 12 tungsten spikes help offer traction for snow and ice.