Fenland Runner and Okhane have been chatting for some time about sport, health and wellbeing. We have very similar views, concerns and hopes and I always enjoy hearing their thoughts.
During these chats, I was flattered to be asked if I would become an Ambassador for Fenland Runner. I made it very clear I would only give honest reviews and that I want to talk about the process of choosing your purchase as well as the products as Fenland Runner and Okhane rely on the honest advice of experts and experienced individuals.
Being an Ambassador is not about free kit; it is about developing the right range of products, and providing the right advice for people to ensure they make the most informed decision they can, prior to purchase. It is a responsibility I take seriously as I respect John and Fenland Runner.
Weight: 220g (Size: EU41)
Sizes: UK 7.5-11 (EU41-46) - FULL EU SIZES ONLY
My first pair of Alphawoolfs ....
I can tell you instantly that these felt fantastic on my feet. I like a wide toe box due to my odd shaped toes but I like a heel that holds me. I always run with elastic laces (Ultimate Laces) and, after two or three runs of minor adjustment, I got the tension just right.
I currently am wearing a size 46 (I normally would wear a size 11 in Salomon for example) but after a little time, I have decided that the next pair (and there will be a next pair) I will be trying the 45. The width is perfect but maybe the length is just a little too much.
I was, upto last weekend (14th July), training for a full distance triathlon and the mileage was heavy. The terrain also needed to be variable and I used the Alphawoolfs on roads and trails including running along canal paths and through forests. My running form is reasonable, as it should be, I am a sports and fitness coach after all! I tend to mid-foot strike but am not the lightest of runners at 85kgs. I was running three to four times a week, averaging around 1 hour 30 minutes per run, covering over 18 kms per run. The simple fact is, these shoes are not designed to be used like this. I did not know this because I did not speak to Fenland Runner until it was too late. I damaged the sole of my left foot and ruined the sole of the Alphawoolf 2.0's. Hindsight is wonderful commodity!
Simply put, I ran these shoes into the ground because I love running in them.
On further discussion with John, who has over 30 years experience in running shoes, I should have been using these shoes for upto mid-distance solid ground races and occasional training. These are ideal for speed/endurance, intervals and pure speed training. And are now my go to trainer for any race that is on solid ground upto half marathon distance. I genuinely love them for what they are designed to do. Perfect. Well priced, look good, light and promote good running form.
The Alphawoolf Omega
Colour - Navy/Orange
Lightweight 285gms EU 41
Sizes- UK 7.5 - 11 / Full EU Sizes only 41 – 46
This is the shoe I should have been doing more of my training in. I went against all normal advice and decided to run in these one week before the event. I re-laced them with elastic laces as normal and then went out for two short distance runs to adjust and test. It was instantly apparent that these were the right shoes. They are slightly more "solid" than the Alphawoolf 2.0's, the ample cushioning is a little stiffer without losing the sensitivity I look for when running. I want to feel the surface. The fit is slightly differently as well, compared to the 2.0's. They are a little more "snug", which is to say really comfortable.
As I got off the bike, the soles of my feet were already sore (my own fault as I say) but I could not wait to get my cycling shoes off and slide into these. I had paced my Ironman reasonably well and therefore managed to maintain a steady pace throughout the run element of the event. My feet were and are still sore but I am sure that they are no worse, which I put down to the quality of the Omegas. I had one tiny blister on the end of one of my horror movie toes which I believe was due to my form dropping a tad towards the end.
So, the 2.0's are a great short and mid-distance race shoe and perfect for certain types of training. The Omegas are, I would say, a much more versatile shoe. I would not hesitate in recommending both, depending on the intended use.
Thank you Fenland Runner.
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I shall be reviewing the Oriocx range (Sparta and Malmo) soon and the Alphawoolf Kona which is an even more "racey" version of the 2.0! Bring on the 5km PBs!