Runners jump feet first into barefoot challenge

Barefoot Running workshop .  Steve Loader (left) leading a  Barefoot Running workshop  in Endcliffe Park
Barefoot Running workshop . Steve Loader (left) leading a Barefoot Running workshop in Endcliffe Park

BAREFOOT running could become the new craze in Sheffield after residents jumped feet first into an unusual workshop.

Steven Loader – who has been training for the London Marathon by striding out in Heeley with no shoes – led the session in Endcliffe Park.

And it was such a success those who took part are thinking of leaving their trainers behind permanently, to start a barefoot running group.

Steven said: “They really enjoyed it and have almost created a new kind of running club after exchanging details and agreeing to meet up. You never know, it might become the next craze in Sheffield!”

Steven raised cash for the World Wildlife Fund – his charity for the marathon – through donations at the class.

He is also running weekly performance workshops at the Heeley Institute.

He added: “The secret to barefoot running is to bend your legs more than you think you need to.

“You might look a bit strange running down the street but it will relieve your body from shock and impact.

“The idea is to run really lightly, and let your knees act as natural springs.”