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GUIDE TO RUNNING SPIKES

This has been designed to help athletes and parents in selecting the appropriate footwear for their event. The shoes pictured do not convey the clubs preference to any particular brand or style of spike. Athletics is designed into 4 event groups (Sprints, Endurance, Jumps and Throws) and each event may require different footwear (especially at higher levels). Each athlete will develop into their own event and may then require specific shoes/equipment. 6mm spikes are only allowed on the Track, while you are allowed to run in anything between 6mm and 18mm on the Cross Country

SPRINTS These are often seen as the ‘flashy’ spikes worn by the stars; such as Usain Bolt. These shoes are designed for 60m-400m with the hurdle events included. The shoes offer little support to the heels as each athlete runs the distance mainly on their toes. The spike plate will have up to 8 spikes for increased grip onto the floor. Laces are sometimes hidden behind zips or Velcro straps but this is down to the manufacturers choice of styling. Examples:

Nike Maxcat 2

Adidas Demolisher

Adidas Edge Dash

The Demolisher and Maxcat are used by more established sprinters from the club including Luke Litchfield (60m and 100m) and Dai Williams (400m and 400m Hurdles)

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ENDURANCE These spikes will provide lots of support to the heel of each athlete and are a GOOD style of spike for new athletes who compete in numerous events. The endurance events on track include 800-3000m depending upon the age of each athlete. There are also endurance events away from the track including cross-country. Examples of Endurance Track Spikes:

Adidas Adizero

Nike Zoom Victory

Puma Complete Allround

The Puma is a GOOD entry level shoe for all ages, with the Adizero and Victory being used by more established athletes from the club, including Craig Sprod (Welsh U20 800m Champion)

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Cross Country Cross Country spikes have a thicker material to slow the absorption of water through the shoe. Cross Country requires athletes to run on a variety of terrains, where they can encounter a variety of obstacles. The main difference of Cross Country Spikes to Track and Field spikes is that an athlete can choose the length of the spikes that are put into the sole of the shoe. Cross Country may require spikes of 9mm, 12mm, 15mm or even 18mm depending upon the course being run.

Nike Zoom Waffle

Adidas RLH

Daniel Hiscox (U20) wears the Nike Zoom Waffle.

Spikes are changed using a spike key, all manufacturers supply a spike key with a pair of shoes, but you may need to purchase other spikes depending on the course, it is recommended that you have these before going to a race as the demand at races can increased beyond the amount of stock the suppliers(eg Run and Become) may have. Proper care of your spikes is essential before and after Cross Country.

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JUMPS These events include Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault, each event requires a different approach to those on the track. These shoes offer more stability to the athlete whilst they compete in their event.

Adidas Triple Jump

Adidas Long Jump

Adidas Pole Vault

The High Jump spikes have a different design, in which there are spikes on the front of the spike and on the rear, providing grip throughout the runway phase of the event.

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THROWS The throwing events require an athlete to turn in a circle (Discus and Hammer), glide across a circle (Shot Put) or to run down a runway (Javelin)

Adidas Javelin

Adidas Rotational Shoe

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A SET OF SPIKES SPEAK TO YOUR COACH OR ANY OF THE OLDER ATHLETES.

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