The presentations were very good and quite entertaining. The information they disseminated on running technique was very sound with one notable exception. They kept saying that that sprinting is different from distance running, because sprinters push off, but distance runners fall forward. This is absolutely incorrect. Sprinters to do not push off any more than distance runners, nor should they.
Here are Ian and Danny giving their presentations
While I was there, I had a chance to try a pair of Newton Running shoes. I only had the chance to run a few hundred yards in them, which is not nearly enough to do a fair evaluation, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. For shoes that are as bulky and thick as the Newton Running shoes, it was very easy to run in them with good Pose Running Technique. My first impression is that they may be a good choice for people who are beginning to work on their technique, but are still having some problems landing correctly.
I would really like the chance to do a full evaluation of a pair Newton Running shoes, but unfortunately they are relatively expensive, and for now I'm very happy running in my Virbrams and Mizuno shoes. However, if I'm ever able to get my hands on a pair long enough to do a fair evaluation, I'll be sure do a full write up at that time.
Zola Budd teaching some running technique
For more information about Newton natural running see my earlier post: