Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

Any pair of cross country spikes is likely to take a ham­mer­ing over the com­ing months as they are trawled through mud, wa­ter and snow. Fol­low our guide to car­ing for them and they might last longer:

Al­ways carry some dif­fer­ent length spikes with you in case the course con­di­tions are dif­fer­ent to those ex­pected. An av­er­age track spike is 5-6mm in length but that won’t see you far on the country. Opt for 9mm spikes on a dry, park­land course, 12mm when con­di­tions are wet and slip­pery and 15mm in mud­dier races

It’s tempt­ing to screw in spikes as tightly as they will go – don’t bother as they can be dif­fi­cult to get out once muddy. Aim for a slight turn af­ter they feel tight.

Af­ter a muddy race, re­move the grass and de­bris from the bot­tom of your spikes as soon as you can. Don’t leave them damp and muddy in your bag as you are ask­ing for rusty shoes.

When you get home, rinse your spikes in wa­ter and scrub with some gen­tle de­ter­gent. Stuff with news­pa­per and leave to dry nat­u­rally rather than on the ra­di­a­tor or in the air­ing cup­board which can cause the up­per to per­ish more quickly and dis­tort the shape of the shoe. Ditto the tum­ble drier.

Re­move the spikes af­ter each race if you can as it lessens the chance of spikes get­ting rusted into the shoe.

As the sea­son goes on, pop some Vase­line on the spike threads to pre­vent them be­com­ing too stiff and rusty to screw in.

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