The Hope and Dream 10 takes place again this year on April 10th and is being held to raise much needed funds for Hope Cancer Support Centre, Wexford Hospice Homecare and Friends of Wexford Hospital. The project was the brainchild of Tom Herlihy and John O’Leary back in September 2011. Their vision for this race was to make it all inclusive, regardless of ability. Many thanks to Tom and John and all their volunteers for the their invaluable contribution to date. From 2015 onwards the Hope Cancer Support Centre CLG has taken over the organisation of this event. The 10 mile race is designed to appeal to everyone from the walker/jogger to the serious runner. The 10k event will appeal to walkers and joggers alike. The Little Dreamers Dash is a kids event that was established to fulfil this ethos of all inclusion. It takes place on the Promenade for all children, while the main race is underway.
When it comes to running shoes its essential that you establish what 'type' of foot you have. Normal everyday running shoes fall into one of three categories - Neutral Cushioning, Support and Motion Control. Most people fall into the 'Support' category. A simple way of establishing your shoe type is to conduct the 'wet test'. Remember, this is a useful indicator but for a more accurate test we recommend that you visit us in store for a free comprehensive video gait analysis consultation. The Wet Test works on the basis that the shape of your wet footprint on a dry piece of paper roughly equates to the amount of stability you might need in your shoe. It will show you what features you should look for and equip you with the basic knowledge you need to make the right decision. The Normal Foot Normal feet have a normal-sized arch and will leave a wet footprint that has a flare, but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a broad band. A normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb shock. It’s the foot of a runner who is biomechanically efficient and therefore doesn’t need a motion control shoe. The Shoe for You: Stability shoes with moderate control features. The Flat Foot This has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole sole of the foot. It usually indicates an overpronated foot – one that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards (over pronates) excessively. Over time, this can cause many different types of overuse injuries. The Shoe for You: Motion control shoes, or high stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation. Stay away from highly cushioned, highly curved shoes, which lack stability features. The High-Arched Foot This leaves a print showing a very narrow band or no band at all between the forefoot and the heel. A curved, highly arched foot is generally supinated or underpronated. Because it doesn’t pronate enough, it’s not usually an effective shock absorber. The Shoe for You: Cushioned (or 'neutral') shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Dont make the mistake of buying support or motion control shoes.