What Running Trainers/Shoes Do The Pro's Like Mo Farah, Ricky Lightfoot, Haile Gabrselassie & Javier Gomez Wear?
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What Running Trainers/Shoes Do The Pro’s Like Mo Farah, Ricky Lightfoot, Haile Gabrselassie & Javier Gomez Wear?

4 Trainers For 4 Very Different Types of Run

If you’re one of the world’s greatest athletes like Mo Farah, then you’re going to wear the best trainers. There’s a reason why brands such as Nike fork out millions on sponsorships deals. An endorsement from a world class athlete is the best advertisement there is for your product. The sight of a World Championship or Olympic medalist training or racing in a pair of Nikes or Adidas gives no better evidence that a shoe does as better job than its competitors. Buy this trainer and you too could beat the marathon world record! Hmmm.

1. Track and Road Running *updated Jan 2015*
Mo Farah, World Champ and Olympic Double Winner Wears the Nike Air Pegasus 32 (on sale at £61.99) (women’s from here) to train in.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 (Mens)

They feature the Nike Zoom Air cushioning for a responsive, comfortable ride, a mesh upper for lightness and a 10mm offset. Their weight is 244g for a women’s size 5.5 or 312g for a men’s size 9.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 black

 

Buy them direct from Wiggle, now down to £81

In the London Marathon 2014, Mo was wearing some customised Nike Flyknit Racers

Mo Farah Nike Flyknit Racers London Marathon

Mo Farah running the London Marathon 2014 in Nike Flyknit Racers

2. Trail Running
Ricky Lightfoot, World Trail Championship 2013 Winner Wears Salomon Speedcross 3’s (£83.00) and Salomon S-Lab Fellcross’s (£126)

Both of these shoes are purpose built for running fast over difficult terrain. Ricky hails from Cumbria in the UK, well known for it’s hills and climbs and as a pro trail runner he was most recently the winner of the World Championships in Wales in 2013. Sponsored by Salomon, he wears the Salomon Speedcross 3’s and the Fellcross.

Salomon Speedcross 3 and S-Lab Fellcross

Salomon Speedcross 3 and S-Lab Fellcross

3.Triathlon
Javier Gomez, Gold at the ITU World Triathlon Series 2013 – Zoot Ultra TT 7.0

Zoot UItra TT 7.0

Zoot UItra TT 7.0

A lot of people in the UK have heard of the Brownlee brothers after Alistair Brownlee won Gold at the London Olympics Triathlon event in 2012. The winner of last year’s series was Javier Gomez. He has worked directly with a company called Zoot to create the Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0 which he wears to race in. They are light and feature ‘Tri-dry’ technology for a quick dry out from wet feet.

Buy them for £99.00

4. Marathon Running Shoes
Haile Gabrselassie, Many, Many Titles. Back when Haile won, the Boost wasn’t around, but this is the modern equivilent – the Adidas Adios Boost 2 at £73.00

 

Adidas Adios Boost 2

Adidas Adios Boost 2

 

Haile Adidas Adios

Haile wearing the original Adidas Adios

 

 

 

Haile Gabrselassie is a legend of middle and long distance running. In 2008 aged 35, he broke HIS OWN world record at the Berlin Marathon

with a world record time of 2:03:59. He’s run 5k in 12:39 and 10k in 26:22 which, quite frankly is superhuman in my opinion!

So what shoes does he wear? Well he’s an Adidas sponsored athlete, seen recently promoting their ‘Boost’ trainers. However, when he broke the marathon world record, it was whilst wearing Adidas Adizero Adios. When Patrick Makau broke the word record in 2011, it was at the same Berlin Marathon and he was wearing…these trainers!

They look like racers but have the cushioning that some heel strikers prefer. Nice and light they won’t ruin your cadence and the ‘torsion bar’ through the middle of the sole makes for a smooth transition from landing to take off.

Steve Way who ran the Commonwealth Games marathon in 2014 for Great Britain also wears the Boosts.

The best running shoe prices are from Wiggle in my experience

Rob Murray

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