Friday, November 27, 2020

Early bird entries open for Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020

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The organisers of Shrewsbury Half Marathon have confirmed that the 2020 event will take place on Sunday 11th October and early bird entries are now open.

Following the success of the 2019 event – which had moved from its June date to October- the UKA accredited Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 promises to deliver another first-class race experience with incredible runner and community support.

Powered by UKRunChat, Shrewsbury Half Marathon starts and finishes at Shropshire County Showground, home to a fully equipped race village. The route then takes runners through Shrewsbury town centre and out into the beautiful Shropshire countryside before returning to the Showground to be cheered over the finish line.

The course incorporates some Shropshire hills and features scenery and support are second-to-none, making the race a firm favourite among local club runners as well as athletes travelling from further afield.

The 2020 event will welcome an increased number of local and national charity partners, giving runners plenty of opportunity to run for charity and make a difference to others.

The day will also be an important meet-up for leading online running community Run Mummy Run, with members from all over the UK expected to get together and run.

The atmosphere at the 2019 event was fantastic, with superb support from all the volunteers, marshals, pacers, medical crew, sponsors, spectators and local residents who lined the route to cheer on the runners. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with many runners complementing the efficient organisation, friendly atmosphere, wonderful support, stunning views, impressive medal and environmentally-friendly goody bag and carton of water.

Participants at Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 can once more look forward to a professional and friendly race, with a team of SRG pacers to help them hit their targets and more big-name sponsors which will be announced soon. The race represents excellent value for money, with a bespoke medal, technical race souvenir t-shirt, free pre and post-race massage, free photos, as well as a carton of water and race treats at the finish all included in the entry fee.

There will also be a shopping village, easy parking on site, and prizes for the top three male and female and age category winners.

The winners of On Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2019 were Tom Roberts with a time of 01:09:54 and Jackie Skinner with a time of 01:21:27.

Organisers Joe Williams and Rebecca Richardson commented, “We are delighted to confirm that Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 will take place on Sunday 11th October. Our new autumn date proved extremely popular and we celebrated a brilliant day for everyone at the 2019 event. The support and camaraderie were amazing with everyone out in force to cheer on the runners, a friendly atmosphere, many PBs, and all round celebrations of the day’s achievements. We can’t wait to put on another incredible day and look forward to welcoming runners of all levels to the 2020 event. Early bird entries are available until midnight on 31st December, offering the lowest price for runners to secure their place for Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020.”

Shrewsbury Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 11th October 2020. A total of 3,000 places are available. Early bird entry is open and costs £27 (affiliated) / £29 (unaffiliated).

Go to www.shrewsburyhalf.com to register and for further event details. You can also like the Facebook page, and follow @Shrewsburyhalf on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news at #ShrewsburyHalf #UKRunChat.

havebike’s Black Friday pre-winter tune up

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Bike repair company, havebike, is offering customers a Black Friday deal where they can give their bike a pre-winter tune up for a fraction of the cost.

havebike’s Deluxe and Super-Deluxe services, will have the usual collection and return fee of £29.99 removed until Monday 30th November

havebike’s Deluxe Service is its most popular offering that puts the bike through a comprehensive tune-up and a professional cleaning service which will have your bike looking and riding like new. Across this Black Friday deal, havebike’s Deluxe service can be snapped up for £60.

The Super Deluxe, is a full strip down service for well loved bikes that need that special treatment. Every part is removed, cleaned and reassembled with professional protective products. The bike is then tuned to perfection, and with this Black Friday deal, available for just £170.

The industry leader in repairing and servicing road, mountain, e-bikes, urban and kids’ bikes; havebike’s convenient collect, repair and return model allows customers to choose from different levels of service online and have their bike returned within 48-72 hours.

www.havebike.co.uk

Dame Sarah Storey crowned Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year

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It was a successful evening for the Great Britain Cycling Team’s Dame Sarah Storey at The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, as she took the crown of Disability Sportswoman of the Year during the online ceremony.

Storey won the award following on from her domination at the UCI Para-cycling Track Championships in Milton, Canada, back in March, where she won the pursuit, scratch race and omnium events to bring her overall world championship title tally up to an impressive 38.

Storey said: “I’m thrilled to have won this evening; I genuinely didn’t expect any nominations let alone an award. It’s a super way to end what has been an unusual year.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have started 2020 the way I intended to go on, but even with plans on hold for 12 months, I don’t feel any less motivated!

“My first two Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards came in 1992 in the Schoolgirl category, as it was then called, and in 1996 as Student of the Year. Back then I never dreamed I’d be a recipient more than 20 years later! The awards have always been a key celebration of women’s sport and I feel privileged to have been recognised again. It’s also a testament to the amazing team I have around me, as I certainly couldn’t juggle motherhood and training and my other roles without such a dedicated support network.

“Thank you to everyone who continues to believe in me, I can’t wait to get back to racing on the road and track next year!”

Lizzie Deignan was also short-listed for the Sportswoman of the Year, rounding off what has been a brilliant 2020 season for Lizzie, who’s sporting achievements include winning three major races in what proved to be a busy autumn race schedule. Deignan took the victories at GP Plouay, La Course by Le Tour and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, all while riding for her trade team Trek-Segafredo, which was enough to secure her place as the overall leader in the Women’s WorldTour Rankings in 2020. Jockey Hollie Doyle won the title of Sportswoman of the Year.

Stephen Park, Performance Director for British Cycling, said: “It fills me with pride to see Dame Sarah’s achievements acknowledged in this way, and I’d like to congratulate her on this award.

“Watching Sarah win three more world titles in Milton was one of my highlights from 2020. She is an incredible athlete, as proven by her palmares, and is a fantastic spokesperson for our sport, as demonstrated by the work she does in her role as Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region. I was pleased to Sarah’s achievements recognized by winning the Disability Sportswoman of the Year award.

“Similarly, I’ve really enjoyed watching Lizzie compete this season. In what has been a difficult year for everyone, she has given the cycling fans something to cheer about. As she does every year, Lizzie made a superb team leader for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships, galvanizing a predominantly developing women’s team to support her in finishing in sixth place with minimal prior preparations. Her nomination for the Sportswoman of the Year accolade was fully deserved.

“Lizzie and Sarah are just two examples of the incredibly successful female riders we are fortunate to have on our team, and we have seen some excellent performances elsewhere from our programme riders this year. I am proud of all their achievements and I know they are on the trajectory towards another successful season in 2021.”

British Cycling was also represented in the Influencer category by cycling volunteer Imogen Callaway. Shortlisted for her inspiring efforts to encourage countless women across the West Country – and beyond through social media – to take up cycling, Imogen has taken more than 230 women on bike rides since last year. And, during the lockdown period, Callaway posted videos of her lone cycling adventures on YouTube, encouraging others to take up cycling or get out on their bikes. As soon as restrictions were lifted, she began running sessions in groups of six which have been constantly oversubscribed. The Influencer Award was won by Alice Liveing.

Bob Howden OBE re-elected British Cycling president

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Bob Howden OBE has been re-elected as president of British Cycling for a second three-year term following a vote at National Council, the federation’s annual meeting of councillors elected by its members.

Sunday’s vote saw Howden succeed after a keenly contested election with Peter Lifford – nominated by the Eastern Region – and followed the endorsement by National Council of recommendations to clarify the role of president which remains a non-Board position.

Howden said: “I’m delighted to be able to continue serving British Cycling for another three years as President. I would also however, like to pay tribute to Peter Lifford who was a strong candidate for the role and, I wish him well in his continued work within cycling.

“All sports face challenges right now but I am happy and ready to commit to the sport I love, the one which has been such a massive part of my life, for over 50 years. There are also big opportunities before us, and I look forward to working together with the Board and everyone across the sport to support British Cycling over the coming three years.”

National Council also saw Richard Lodge re-elected for a second three-year term as a member of the British Cycling Board.

Jenny Lusher was awarded British Cycling’s gold badge of honour – the federation’s highest award – for her service to the sport over many decades.

British Cycling president Bob Howden said: “The decision to award Jenny the gold badge of honour is entirely merited. Having been involved in cycling for over 50 years, Jenny has an extraordinary track record – volunteering at every level of the sport, working with schools, organising events, officiating and even taking promising young riders abroad to compete.

“Jenny represents everything that is great about our sport – which is still largely volunteer-delivered – and I am delighted she has been honoured in this way.”

The Sunday Mirror Trophy for membership growth was awarded to the South West region.

Tokyo Olympic Marathon Trial Race to be hosted in Kew Gardens

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British Athletics has republished the selection policy for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games updated with the new marathon trial event which will now take place on a multi-lap course at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Friday 26 March 2021. The event will also double as the British Marathon Championships for 2021 with invited athletes gunning for a Tokyo Olympic spot later on that year.

The trial race will be part of a weekend of events organised by Richmond RUNFEST who will also put on a socially distanced ‘Richmond Marathon and AIR:10K’ in South West London over the weekend. Last month, the Richmond RUNFEST team successfully put on two socially distanced 10K’s for over 3,500 runners on a course that is known for being sheltered and flat.

Tom Bedford, Richmond RUNFEST Race Director, said “In 2013, Richmond RUNFEST was created as a London Olympic Legacy event and it is a privilege for us to help our country’s top marathon runners book an Olympic place for Tokyo in 2021.

The borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames is the epicentre of British running history. It was the birthplace of the London Marathon and parkrun. Mo Farah was finely tuned up as an Olympic gold machine at St Mary’s University and even the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew played a part in raising the Olympic spirit going into the London 2012, celebrating ‘100 days to go’ and the Olympic Torch relay.

The Olympic Marathon Trials outside of the London Marathon is a unique but exciting prospect and during the hardest of years we hope that Richmond will once again rejuvenate the Olympic spirit of 2012 and make history again!”

Cherry Alexander OBE, Major Events Director said “We’re delighted to confirm the British Championships incorporating the Olympic Marathon Trial race is to be held at Kew Gardens. It is an iconic venue and lends itself well to a marathon course over multiple laps.

It’s great to be able to tap into the expertise of working with Tom who has experience of delivering races at the venue. His knowledge of what the athletes will need from the race will ensure we are putting them at the heart of the event and providing a great platform on which to perform well.”

The British Championships and Olympic Trials race are invitational only but runners can still enter the ‘Richmond Marathon’ on the 27 March and ‘Air:10K’ by visiting www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

35% off 2021 Castle Series races in Black Friday campaign

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Castle – Triathlon, Multisport, Run, Swim and Cycle – Series have launched their biggest Black Friday discount early and are offering everyone 35% off all races and all venues in 2021.

Castle Series races are for absolute beginners to grizzled athletes. The Castle Series offers a wealth of race distances to suit all multisport and individual discipline abilities. No other series in the UK or Europe comes close to the variety they offer.

Castle Series events are hosted at a selection of stunning and iconic castles across the UK, Ireland and France, and promise an inspiration and memorable race experience.

The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle will host the Triathlon England Middle Distance Triathlon National Championship, due to take place on Sunday 4th July 2021. The Lough Cutra Castle event has been confirmed as part of the 2021 BMW Triathlon National Series. These include the Standard Triathlon as part of the National Series and Mixed Relay and Aquabike races as National Championships. The September Hever Castle event is also a ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championship Qualifier.

Castle Series Races – www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk/races

One Running Movement and McLEAR partnership continues to evolve

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One Running Movement’s partnership with Smart Ring pioneers McLEAR, which was officially announced in January this year, has been evolving over the last few months with both parties working together to drive the movement forwards and to increase regular physical activity for current and future generations to #MoveForLife

McLEAR is the pioneer of wearable payment technology for consumers and businesses, and every McLEAR Smart Ring purchased via this dedicated page contributes to generating free ballot places for movers through One Running Movement, for everyone from the age of 4 upwards.

McLEAR has also been confirmed as a partner on Run for Climate Change, which is the latest pro-gramme launched by One Running Movement. Run For Climate Change is a new annual event, with the first edition taking place virtually this year where runners don’t just get rewarded with a sustainably sourced medal but also get a tree planted in their name (or dedicated to a loved one) by Planet-U Energy at a Yorkshire location. Runners of all ages can sign up to run a chosen distance of 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon, with benefits for the planet, communities, charities and their own wellbeing.

In addition to the generation of free places through the purchase of a McLEAR Smart Ring via the dedicated page, McLEAR have also chosen a One Running Movement charity partner collaboration as one of the benefiting organisations for their new RingPay Giving feature.

The RingPay Giving feature, launched in partnership with Parsnip, allows Ring holders to automatically send a micro-sized donation to their chosen charity when they make a purchase using their Smart Ring. Ring holders control how much they give using monthly donation caps. Any donations made to One Running Movements’s preferred charity, DigiLearning Foundation will contribute to free technology education courses for children, young adults and adults.

Joe Williams and Rebecca Richardson, Founders of One Running Movement, said: “We enjoy working with McLEAR, who are pioneers in their industry like us and we love the new RingPay features. Evolu-tion, education and technology are hugely important to us at One Running Movement, and we would like to thank McLEAR for their continued support.

“Carrying payment on your fingers and removing the need for cash, payment cards or getting your phone out is more relevant than ever before – if you can contribute to getting children aged 4 to 16 active through purchasing or using your Smart Ring then that’s another bonus!“

Daniel Blondell, Chief Operating Officer said: “We are proud to be working with One Running Move-ment and helping all ages to #MoveForLife more.

“The mission with RingPay is to improve the payment experience; making it faster, effortless and more rewarding. Whether commuting to work, picking up some essentials or off on your travels, RingPay by McLEAR gives you peace of mind knowing your finances are safely in-hand. Just kick back and fist pump your way to better spending and awesome rewards.”

McLEAR invented the Smart Ring in 2012, which is designed and manufactured to be water and shock resistant and requires no battery; making it the ideal wearable payment device that fits seamlessly into any lifestyle. Ring holders can set rules and manage their Ring through a dedicated app, which also gives them access to numerous exclusive features and benefits.

One Running Movement (ORM) was established to help to create more active communities and support the creation of healthy habits, utilising the power of sport to improve physical and health and mental health. Current programmes include Run For Climate Change, One Running Movement Half Marathon, One Running Movement Marathon, Schools Half Marathon, Schools Marathon and Energy For Movement.

McLEAR is one of the Foundation Partners and Powered by Partners working together with founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams. Foundation Partners include Polar, Up & Running, New Balance, One Water, Planet-U Energy and National Pride, UKRunChat, Women’s Running, Run Mummy Run, Social Run Group, Breathe Unity and Social Chain.

Go to www.onerunningmovement.com for more information about One Running Movement, Run For Climate Change and the various ways to #MoveForLife

You can also like One Running Movement on Facebook and follow @onerunmovement on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news #MoveForLife #RunForClimateChange

‘Let’s Talk About Race’ leads to sport-wide commitment to address racial inequality

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The UK Athletics ‘Let’s Talk About Race’ programme launched this summer has culminated in a sport-wide commitment to tackle issues of racial inequality endorsed jointly by UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs).

The programme was launched to review all issues related to race within the sport following the murder of George Floyd. Whilst athletics in the UK is enjoyed by a diverse community, UKA CEO Joanna Coates appealed to the sport to let UKA know how it could be better at supporting ethnically diverse communities in the long term and not just in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event.

The programme launched with a series of roundtables, bringing together voices from across the athletics community to discuss race and was followed by a series of focus groups that identified priorities which have enabled UKA to finalise the actions to be taken forward as part of the 2021-2024 Diversity Action Plan – set to be published in January.

The headline actions agreed by the CEO forum include:

  • A sport-wide commitment to address racial inequality in athletics
  • Embedding ED&I in UKA & HCAF strategies
    Diverse representation at all levels of athletics e.g. Developing a Club ED & I toolkit for use
  • Development & Education e.g. Mandatory unconscious bias/ED&I training in coaching, officials and workforce qualifications
  • Develop mentoring/shadowing programmes
  • Policies e.g. Develop and implement a Race Equality Code of Conduct agreement for officials

Joanna Coates, UK Athletics CEO, said: “Following the impact of the murder of George Floyd, UKA felt it essential to engage with the sport and take positive action against racism by delivering the ‘Let’s talk about Race’ programme in line with our commitments to the Race at Work Charter.

‘We are very proud of the work undertaken so far on this having committed to real change within the sport. But agreeing the plan is only the first step. The recommendations will be taken forward as part of our 2021-2024 Diversity Action Plan, and the sport will need to work collectively to make these changes.”

Donna Fraser, Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead at UK Athletics, said: “The murder of George Floyd sparked positive and negative conversations about race around the world and although a heart-breaking experience, we took the time to reach out to the athletics community to understand the true feelings and experiences within our sport.

“The passion and commitment to make change from those who supported the programme really shone through and I thank them for their honesty. This is the start of a journey and I have no doubt that the athletics community will hold myself and the senior leaders at UKA and the HCAF’s accountable for the Let’s Talk About Race deliverables.”

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Team Qhubeka ASSOS – “A Dream Come True”

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Douglas Ryder, the South African founder of NTT Pro Cycling has announced the next step in their team’s incredible journey, which sees them partner with performance cycling apparel brand, ASSOS of Switzerland, to create Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

Since founding the team, Ryder’s ultimate dream has been to use the profile and success the team has developed on cycling’s global stage to promote its purpose: changing lives through bicycles together with Qhubeka Charity.

This call to action has been keenly felt by riders, staff, partners and fans across the world and has seen the team raise funds for more than 30,000 bicycles for distribution to Qhubeka programmes in South Africa.

From 2021, the team – which has formerly ridden as MTN, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and most recently NTT Pro Cycling – will further advance this movement by racing to raise awareness of the mobility challenges that occur throughout communities in Africa.

Team Principal Douglas Ryder said: “I am really happy to have gained the support of some incredible people and partners including ASSOS of Switzerland who have stepped in to be a headline sponsor. To be able to recreate the team as Team Qhubeka ASSOS talks to exactly what we continue to strive for, and that is to be a purpose-led, high-performance racing team. The last few weeks have been incredible seeing all the comments from fans in terms of how this team has connected with them in different ways. I am so happy we can continue to create hope and opportunity through our team and with Qhubeka Charity.

“I look forward to welcoming new partners to Team Qhubeka ASSOS as we plan and prepare for a new season in 2021 in a world that has been so heavily impacted by the pandemic. The bicycle continues to be a tool to change the lives of so many people for commuting, for sport, for health, for freedom and access. Our team has always been about much more than victories, but we do love to win.”

“I also want to pay a special tribute to our staff. Those in the sport know just how difficult it is, so to see the diligence, care and professionalism they’ve shown throughout gives me inspiration, every day. We truly are a family,” Ryder concluded.

Derek Bouchard-Hall, CEO of ASSOS, said: “We have really enjoyed being part of this mission driven team – Qhubeka’s slogan that “bicycles change lives” could not inspire us more. And ASSOS has always been and continues to be deeply entwined in professional cycling – we were really moved by the opportunity to support the sport during the COVID crisis by keeping this important team part of the pro peloton.”

Roche Maier, ASSOS, Board Member, said“We love the mission, the people and the challenge that comes with it. We are made in cycling and contributing to support and further develop the pinnacle of high-performance cycling is just the proper thing to do, especially in these uncertain times.

Team Qhubeka ASSOS is not a traditional sponsorship but will be operated as the lighthouse of the Assos Worksteam. Our team will be used and abused to push boundaries of product development and stress tests to yet another level. We thank Douglas for the opportunity.”

Tsatsi Phaweni, Qhubeka Executive Director, said: “Qhubeka has developed a relationship with Doug Ryder and his team that spans more than a decade and is founded on our shared belief that bicycles change people’s lives for the better.

We have huge respect for all they have achieved to date and look forward to continuing to cheer them on in 2021 and beyond. We remain grateful for their continued support of our work and for all their efforts to raise funds and awareness for Qhubeka, along with their fans, sponsors and the broader cycling community. Together, we can change more lives with bicycles, and so we wish them every success.”

Kilian Jornet sets his sights on 24 hour road running record

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Kilian Jornet will attempt the 24 hour road running record this Friday 27th November at 11am (the livestream starts at 10:30am).

Kilian Jornet, the most decorated trail runner in the history of the sport and the man who summited Mount Everest twice in one week has set his sights on a new athletic challenge. This month, wearing the new Salomon S/LAB Phantasm road racing shoes, he will step on the 400-metre (¼ mile) track in Måndalen, Norway and run for 24 consecutive hours. For Jornet, who has won trail running races all over the planet, the Phantasm 24 running challenge will be a step outside of the ordinary, which is always attractive to him.

“The motivation is to go outside of my comfort zone, to try different things and see what I am able to do, whether that is climbing at high altitude or, in this case, running on flat ground,” Jornet said. “It’s fun to discover different things I can do, and training on the flat is a good test and an opportunity to learn in terms of nutrition and pacing, and then try to apply those things to different activities, like even mountaineering projects.”

Norway, where Jornet lives, has been relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, to adhere to health precautions, the stadium will be closed to spectators during the run. In order to make the race official, several accomplished Norwegian ultra-runners will also compete. Jornet has had his eyes on this 24-hour running challenge for some months and, as always, won’t make predictions or set expectations about how far he can run. That said, whenever the Spaniard laces up his Salomon running shoes, there is always a possibility for the extraordinary. Officially, the longest distance ever run in 24 hours was set in 1997 by Yiannis Kouros, who ran 303.506 kilometres (188.590 miles), which Jornet calls an “absolutely wild” achievement.

“It’s so many kilometres that I cannot even visualize it,” Jornet said. “I’ve seen Yiannis’ splits so I want to keep up with that as long as I can. I know the speed I need to keep every hour, so then I know the pace for every kilometre and every lap. Of course, the first 10 hours will be a bit faster and then slowing every hour after, so I have a plan and I know what I want to run every hour. The big thing is to not have any muscle problems and be able to eat without having big down periods.”

Accustomed to running (and winning) famed races like Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), Hardrock 100, Western States 100 and countless mountain marathons around the globe, Jornet has sought expert advice from coaches and physios as he incorporated more speed work into his training.

“For mountain athletes, we have a big motor, so it’s easy in terms of cardio and endurance,” Jornet says. “It’s mostly working on the speed because my legs aren’t used to moving this fast. To prepare, I’ve been doing three days of speed work each week at the track or on roads. But the form you run with on the flat is very different from how you run in the mountains, where you run higher because you pass over obstacles and put your feet in different places as the terrain changes.”

Much of Jornet’s training research has centered around minimizing injuries that might come with the repetitive motion of flat-ground running. In fact, he was forced to delay the 24-hour attempt in recent weeks due to some nagging muscle injuries that cropped up prior to his first 10 km road race, the famed Hytteplanmila race in Norway, which he finished in 29:59 in mid-October.

“I think the biggest challenge is to be able to train consistently and not have injuries because the transition to flat ground is very hard for the muscles,” Jornet says. “The training has been a bit frustrating the last few months going from injury to injury to injury. I have had good blocks of training and then I would have an injury and have to rest. After the 10 km race, I had to stop training and rest an injury. Now, the plan is to do one good week of training and see how my body feels, then rest the muscle tissues and recover for the attempt.”

In his 24-hour attempt, Jornet will use Salomon’s new S/LAB Phantasm, a super lightweight road racing shoe that will be released in the spring of 2021. He has been using the shoe for several months during his track and road running training sessions.

“I tested the prototypes of the S/LAB Phantasm a year ago and now I’m using the same shoe that will be available in spring to the public,” Jornet says. “It’s great for road running. It’s a light, very reactive and well-balanced shoe with good cushioning, which is important when you are doing longer training on hard surfaces. And the grip is really good, even in wet conditions, which is important.”

A dynamic racing flat (6 mm drop) that was developed with top athletes, the S/LAB Phantasm focuses on weight, breathability and a fast transition, which is achieved with a curved, rocker profile and Salomon’s lightest, most responsive foam, called Energy Surge. A nearly invisible upper made of TPU Mesh gives the shoe a breathable, lightweight design (199 grams).

“It’s cool to see Salomon doing different things like this now in running footwear,” Jornet said. “Some things that they learned from the mountains—such as lightness and an amazing shape and the breathable upper—have been applied here with the Phantasm. And some things from the road, like cushioning, will help improve the mountain shoes.”

On the day of the attempt, Jornet will switch directions every four hours on the track he now knows well. He expects temperatures to get as low as zero degree Celsius at night and range from 8-15 degrees during the day.

View the livestream here

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