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Searching for a pair of trainers for a marathon can sometimes feel more of a task than actually training for it, different brands with different models doing shall we say it... different things. So our buyers at #ProDirectRunning have rustled up their recommended products so you can be one stride closer to #OwnYourRun.

Our first selection is a category for our best overall trainers that work well for putting in the miles and having that lightweight feel to race in. Keep on reading on to find out our recommended cushioned shoes for a marathon, the best value, our top products for a fast marathon and our recommended shoe for runners with wide feet. 

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BEST FOR TRAINING AND RACING

 


New Balance 1080v10 / £140 - The sponsor's of the London Marathon, need we say more? This shoe has been made for a marathon, with a stylish look complimented with the high levels of cushioning and increased energy return to give you that needed spring in your step!

 

Hoka Arahi 4 / £120 - Much like the HOKA Clifton, but with the support. It is light but offers effective guidance from the JFrame that wraps under the heel and along the instep for some gentle support.

Nike ZoomFly 3 / £140 - Featuring take down tech from the Vaporfly Next%, a carbon fibre plate for a trademark spring is in place, but in a shoe more suited to the masses wanting a more durable race shoe.

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BEST CUSHIONED SHOES

 

Hoka Arahi 4 / £120 - Much like the HOKA Clifton, but with the support. It is light but offers effective guidance from the JFrame that wraps under the heel and along the instep for some gentle support.

Saucony Hurricane 22 / £140 -  A luxurious shoe with a supportive and smooth ride thanks to the pwrrun+ midsole. Saucony's most cushioned stability shoe which will provide comfort and protection mile after mile.

Mizuno Wave Horizon 4 / £150 - Offering unmatched cushioning with pronation control this shoe would be great for a larger guy with a heavier strike

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BEST VALUE

 

HOKA Rincon / £105 - A lightweight mileage shoe. Lighter than the Clifton because of a stripped back upper. Still very cushioned. The combination gives a really quick feeling. At £105 it is a steal.

Adidas SL20 / £100 - A neutral shoe that looks fast, feels light and features top end additions like Continental rubber for class leading grip.

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BEST FOR BEGINNERS

 

Brooks Bedlam 2 / £130 - A responsive shoe with gentle support. Rather than a dual-density post or plastic insert these have guides that help to gently move your foot through the gait cycle. Perfect for running further, easier.

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BEST TRAINERS FOR A FASTER RUNNERS

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 / £160 - A great fast shoe without spending a fortune. Iconic styling, brilliant performance from the Zoom X Midsole and a tapered heel collar removes achilles pressure which is important when running faster and striking mid-foot.

Hoka Carbon X / £160 - A stable but lightweight race day shoe with an engineered carbon plate for fantastic propulsion.

Saucony Kinvara 11 / £115 - The go to fast Marathon shoe for the masses from Saucony. A classic with a breathable mesh upper, PWRRUN+ tech for cushioning and a 4mm drop to promote a more natural gait cycle

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BEST FOR WIDE FOOT RUNNERS

Salomon Sonic 3 Balance / £125 - Runners World winner of 'Best New Shoe' of 2020. It uses 2 distinct foams in its midsole to offer cushioning and propulsion. A roomy toe box and breathable upper will help to keep blisters at bay too.

Still not found the shoes you like? Head over to prodirectrunning.com for the full collection of footwear and clothing.

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