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Recommended spikes for middle distance/XC Watch

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    Hey!

    So, I've been running for about a year now for my local athletics group, and I'm now being wanted for competitions. Many of the people that I know have suggested buying spiked shoes for both track and XC, but what is the difference between the two? I've borrowed a pair of "cross country spikes" for one race and definitely felt the difference; for starters, I don't slip! However, when looking online, I'm faced with "sprint spikes", "middle distance spikes" and "XC spikes", but they seem to be the exact same shoe?! Am I right in thinking that it is the actual spikes which are screwed into the sole that determine when they should be worn, or are the actual shoes different? At the moment, I run 4000m for XC, and during track season I will be running 800/1500m.

    Also, what brands do you recommend, and from where did you buy yours? I've had a look at the major running stores online, but the range of spikes - particularly the women's running section - seems to be rather small. :/

    Anyway, I hope that makes sense!
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    Just for clarity first of all, the term "Spikes" is interchangeable. They refer to the shoes andthe little things that screw into them and provide traction. Track spikes are smaller and less spiky, and are designed for a modern track. Cross country spikes are longer and sharper and are designed for mud and grass and other off road terrain. For a bout £2-3 you can buy a variety of lengths, depedning on conditions you can change on the day. Typically we will all take different lengths.


    Cross country spikes will tend to have a bit more about the heel and a more solid upper than track ones. A good starter for this would be the Saucony Kilkenny. They also tend to have 6 spikes in each shoe. I wear Addidas Belligerance or Nike Waffle spikes. Both pretty decent. The Brookes spikes are also popular.

    Trac spikes, I would go for an all round spike at forst. Nike did one that is suitable for 800-10,000m. At 800/1500m you are a mid distance runner.

    http://www.achillesheel.co.uk/track-...12-468648-041/

    These may suit you!

    Hope that helps.
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    Thank you so much; that was precisely what I wanted to know. I've found a pack of spikes of varying lengths, just as you said, and they are really cheap, so that'll be ideal whilst I'm just starting. I like the look of that Nike pair, so I'll have a further look around for either those or ones of a similar style.

    Thank you!
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    Sprint spikes look way nicer...luckily I am a sprinter.

    Personally if you can only afford one pair of spikes I would get a good pair of nike/addidas middle distance spikes.
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    These always seem like solid sites...I have bought from both in the past

    http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/Results.cfm?category=8

    http://www.startfitness.co.uk/prodty...cordPosition=1
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    Just looked on start fitness and they have about 3 pairs of really nice middle distance spikes.
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    Thank you for your help, guys. What I think I'm going to do for now is get some middle-distance spikes, and then probably for the next XC season get another pair.

    I have a voucher for shoes from Sweatshop that came with my EA membership, so I'll try and get some from there if I can, thanks.
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    That reminds me I need to join a club to get an EA membership and actually do some races.
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    Personally I would get these if you have the money

    http://www.startfitness.co.uk/produc...109&P_ID=47227

    These if you want to use sweat shop

    http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/Details.c...589&category=8

    I think these look good as well

    http://www.startfitness.co.uk/produc...109&P_ID=49058
 
 
 
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