Do I need “special” running shoes to take part in the program and then the event?

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The main part of running is ensuring that you have footwear that is not only comfortable, but trainers that fit and support your feet correctly. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on new trainers. However, as a minimum we would recommend that you run in trainers that are not worn at the heel as this will reduce the support to your foot and ankle, but also don’t buy brand new trainers and run in them on race day for the first time as all trainers need to be gently “worn in”. Your coach will be able to give you good advice at the start of your program if you have any footwear specific questions.