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Running through the woods with inov-8!

Over the Summer months, we’ve put on a Trail Trial Time (TTT) series at our Alton Store. It involved a 3k time trial in the Alton woods, along with some shoe try ons, giveaways and of course – a BBQ!

The last event took place with our friends at inov-8 coming along to help us get a grip! The weather was set to fair as a bunch of awesome local runners of all ages and abilities descended on our Alton Store. We love meeting new people from the running community, and there was a bunch of new (and familiar) faces who’d come along for an evening of running fun.

Sam and Tim from inov-8 had kindly brought along some Trailroc and Parkclaw shoes to try on as well as bunch of sexy hats to go in our goody bags for all runners. Everyone set about trying some new shoes on to test out in the woodlands. It’s fun trying on new shoes, right? It’s the best way to find a new pair that you’ll love.

Once kitted out, we jogged the kilometre warm up to the woods where Sam was waiting with the super-snazzy inov-8 van! Our marshals got into place and before you knew it, everyone was off on their time trail. It’s not a serious race… people could go at whatever speed they wanted and I had the pleasure of running along with my dog on the lead (sadly no shoes for him to try on).

After a couple of laps. everyone congregated back at the van base and we talked about the run and the shoes. Sam was very happy to field questions about the inov-8 shoes and everyone had lots to ask him! Which is always nice, as it’s good to learn about the things you’re running in.

A gentle warm-down back to the shop and we hung about for drinks, BBQ food and the obligatory AS goody bag. A massive thanks to inov-8 for coming down and helping make it a special event for our local running community.. and thank you to all the runners who came down and made it a special event for us. We appreciate it!

We’ll be running a lot more events like this over the Winter months, so make sure you follow us on Social Media to stay in touch.

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Alton Sports Ambassadors – Testing out the ON Cloudventure Peaks

On Thursday Aug 2nd, our intrepid band of Alton Sports Ambassadors assembled at Alice Holt Forest in order to meet up, touch base and road (well, trail) test the awesome ON Cloudventure Peaks. Oh, and have coffee. Can’t run without there being a coffee at some point.

After a prompt arrival – our Ambassador team who are based all over the South Coast congregated around ON expert rep, Carlos, who talked us through the shoe. It’s a super-light shoe that has great grip but can be used from short races – to all your super long marathon adventures! He talked about how the speedboard in all ON shoes will help propel you forward as well as the tough outside layer not threading if caught on a run.

  • Runner profile – Runners looking for a lightweight trail competition shoe with downhill cushioning
  • Goal – Reach places others can’t first
  • Heel-toe offset – 6 mm | 0.23 in
  • Weight – 260 g I 9.2 oz (US M 8.5)
  • Category – Trail

After a brief convo, the crew set off around the undulating Alice Holt trails! If you haven’t run there before then it’s a beautiful forest location just outside Farnham in Surrey. There’s a tough parkrun there – the course is fantastic. We set off around some of the other trails in order to give the shoes a good testing.

The great thing about running shoes is that they’re all different and if you don’t try to run in a few styles, then you’ll never find a shoe that you might love! Our Ambassadors (some who had never ran in ONs) agreed with this sentiment…


“Love the ON Cloudventure Peak. I got a pair last winter when the mud had got too much and I need a trail shoe with real traction. These didn’t disappoint. Great grip, giving real confidence on the trail but a smooth ride on the road as well. A fabulous all round shoe.”


Adam went straight in the deep end and wore his for a 100 mile race the following weekend!

Shortly before taking on an Ultra Run along the classic trail of the North Downs Way, I discovered the ON AdventurePeak Cloud trail shoes.  This was perfect timing as I was still looking for the right soled shoe to deal with the hot baked uneven mud from the summer we had been experiencing. I am also not one to shy away from a bit of attention, so these bright orange, super light-weight trail shoes became my hot favorite to run in on the trails. Not just for the colour, the fit was comfortable too.  The low cut around the ankle allows for a full range of movement on a variety of rough varied  terrain. The sole is designed for multi terrain which is not out of place or uncomfortable on the road surface.  The unique CloudTec sole design gave me great cushioning and control under my feet whilst descending, yet remained firm enough for when powering through up  those hills. The ON AdventurePeak Cloud are like no other shoe I have worn before and are now my go to shoe when I hit those trails.!”

Photo credit – Stuart March.

Adam also very kindly brought along his drone and got these cool pics…


“I’ve managed a few short runs on the South Downs & Surrey Hills so far & loving the responsiveness of them, esp downhill. Still making my mind up on road to trail. Overall love them!”


“So far really impressed with the ON shoes; lightweight responsive shoe with good grip and a great feel.”


Initially I was a little skeptical of the ON shoes concept, but my preconceptions rapidly started to recede once I the Cloudventure Peaks on my feet… Some shoes just feel ‘right’ as soon as I get them on my feet and the ONs definitely feel into this category. Out running they felt quite firm/responive but still with a comfortable ride from the suspended/sprung ‘lugs’ on the sole. They have been great on both trail and road surfaces, will certainly be doing more running in them!”


“I am doing the Stockbridge 10K in September & I will be proudly wearing these. I found the “ride” very comfy and I had a spring in my step, the footbed is very bouncy & they felt like I had been wearing them for months not minutes. I was very impressed.”


“I’ve never ran in an ON shoe and they’ve a totally different feel to any other shoe I’ve ran in! Looking forward to trying them out at a parkrun / trail race soon! They’re so light and super-comfortable!”

So, there we have it! The ON Cloudventure Peak was a resounding success… but don’t take our word for it. Check it out online or pop into any of our stores and try it on!

A massive thank you to our Ambassadors for taking the time to test the shoes out… you’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the near future.