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Salomon Sunset Series – Box Hill, London

On Saturday the 24th of June I took part in the Salomon Sunset Series London 10k. I always keep an eye on Salomon Running on social media because their kit is great, they create some awesome videos and sponsor many of the best trail/ultra-runners. When they announced they were organising the Sunset Series a few months back I was really keen to get involved because I’d never ran around Box Hill, I knew some friends would be taking part and with OCC coming up I need to get some hills in. I was lucky enough to be offered a free place as I have reviewed some Salomon shoes in the past and I’ve recently been selected to take part in the Suunto Training Squad.

I was really looking forward to the event but knew that it would be a big challenge as I took part in the Orion Fell Race in Epping Forest on Friday night. The 5k included 900+ft elevation gain. I finished 7th in 22:20 knocking 48 seconds off the time I ran in 2015, my legs were not happy. During the day Lorna and I travelled east to have lunch with friends. It was nice to catch up with Ben and Maz and meet Will, Hayley and baby Jackson. Late afternoon I started my journey across London to Box Hill. I bumped into Mollie and Frankie on the train, it was good to have a catch up and speculate how tough the event would be.

We arrived at Box Hill an hour or so before the start meaning we could have a good chat with some of the Advent Running/Adidas Running lot, sort our race kit and drop bags. Throughout the afternoon Salomon had been putting on trail workshops and Q&As, it was cool to hear from Max Nicholls about his training, racing and goals. To loosen my legs up a bit I did a few strides before listening to the briefing and positioning myself near the front in the start pen. Knowing the 10k course included 250m+ of elevation gain I took it relatively steady off the line; I wanted to keep the lead pack in view but was confident that I would be able to move through the field once we got to the hills.

Having not taken part in many trail races recently I was excited to tackle the challenging course and I enjoyed the fact I didn’t need to look at my watch as I wasn’t aiming for a time.

Photo courtesy of @claudi8s

After 2k of running on the flat I arrived at the first hill, we gained 60m in 500m then from 3k to 3.7k we ran up another 100m. Thanks to the OH Fell Race my legs were tired but strong at the same time; I managed to overtake quite a few runners on the first couple of hills and was feeling good and enjoying the descents. From 7k to 8.5k there was a really nice smooth downhill section where I let my legs go. With more than a kilometre to go though I knew there would be another sizeable climb. There was a U-turn at the bottom of the hill to pretty much go straight back up again.

The final big hill was really demoralising as it was open, you could see the brow of the hill from the bottom and couldn’t help but long to be at the top with the click of your fingers. I could see two runners up in front and used them as motivation; with some words of encouragement from JP who was descending parallel to me I got my head down and refused to slow to a walk.

Iffley Road Cambrian River T-Shirt, Iffley Road Thompson Shorts, Stance Run OTC, Salomon S-Lab X-Series

Once at the top of the climb the last 500m or so was pretty flat. I crossed the line in 45:04, surprisingly in 3rd position.

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Photo courtesy of @claudi8s

Overall the race was a lot of fun; I definitely need to run more trail races. After grabbing my wooden coaster, bottle of water and clif bar we cheered in the rest of the runners.

In the next few months I am going to try and make it a priority to run more trails and venture further out of London.

If you haven’t given trail running a try I would definitely recommend one of the Salomon Sunset events, fingers crossed they’ll be around next year and more people will get involved.

See a lot of you soon

Steve

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Review: Salomon X-scream 3D

A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I wanted to try out the Salomon X-scream 3D trainers and give them a review. Having wanted to run in some Salomon trainers for a while I jumped at the chance to get my feet in them. The reason I’ve wanted to try them is that since I’ve got into running more I’ve seen their amazing videos on YouTube. If you haven’t already seen them check out the Salomon Trail Running YouTube page. Personal favourites are “Why we run”, “The Original”, “The Ultimate Fan” and “Of Fells and Hills”.

Another reason I wanted to try the X-scream 3Ds was that I’ve been running around London including up to and around Hampstead Heath where a mild trail shoe has been required when the trails are dry and firm. I am also in training for Race to the Stones 100k so have been trying to run off road more often. I was excited to receive the trainers and my first impression was good as I think they look pretty cool. Working in a running specialist store I know it’s not about aesthetics but at the end of the day everyone wants something that has style and substance. This shoe definitely has style but would it have the substance.   I put them on straight away. These are the first trainers I’ve owned that have quicklace. I quite like this as it means you can get out the door quicker. I tend to run in the mornings, often straight after waking up. The fit for me feels a little generous due to the fact I normally wear an adidas size UK 12 and the shoes I have tested are also 12s. However I will continue to do some of my longer runs in these trainers so a little room is probably a good thing. Having ran in the Adidas adios and adios boosts for the last couple of years I have gotten use to quite a lightweight, reasonably narrow fitting shoe. Therefore at first the X-screams felt quite heavy but at 290g it’s not bad for a well cushioned longer distance trainer. 

I planned to take them out for just a few miles but due to them being really comfortable I ended up doing 10+ miles. These miles were all on road and the grip seemed good as I went round corners and changed direction.  In the last few weeks I have ran approximately 30-40 miles in the X-screams. I have done a few runs on firm trails and the grip has been good. In wetter conditions I will probably opt for a trail shoe with larger lugs but for long training runs along the canal, around Victoria Park and up to Hampstead Heath I will use these trainers a lot. One issue I have had with them is that the plastic cup in the heel is quite high and therefore has rubbed on occasions. Due to the weight and firmness of the shoe I will probably continue to do most of my mileage in my beloved adidas adios and adios boosts but there is definitely a place for these shoes in my training. 

I have been impressed with the X-screams and with just a few minor tweaks it would be a great shoe. I am incredibly tempted to buy some S-lab Sense 4 Ultras now as they have been receiving some good reviews but for now I will continue to hit the city trails.

I will be attending a Salomon community run in Fulham on the 27th May so it will be good to test some more of their kit then. Lookout for a post about that.

Has anyone else tried any Salomon trainers recently? How have you got on in them? Let me know by tweeting me or messaging on Instagram @StephenSkinner6.

See you on the city trails! 

Steve