Little Runner Gal

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Saucony Kinvara 5 Launch

on April 7, 2014

Last week I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the launch of the new Saucony Kinvara 5 at their amazing pop up store in Neal St, Covent Garden.


The store itself is there for the spring marathon season, and celebrates the history of running with a fantastic retro theme, an exhibition of the Saucony running and racing shoes of the past, the Saucony Originals that are available (I never thought I would be into retro fashion trainers but these have changed my mind!), marketing and posters from yesteryear, running nostalgia and, of course, the latest Saucony running range too.



The staff were fantastic, very knowledgeable about the range and the technology, and we were given our amazing new Kinvara 5 LONDON Limited Edition trainers. This red, black and gold version will be available in limited numbers from the Neal St. store and at the London Marathon Expo, 9th-12th April. The full range will go on sale in May.



Previous Kinvara models have won critical acclaim and a number of awards, as well as being a top selling all over Europe and the US. The Kinvara 5 boasts various new developments:

  • Pro-Lock lacing system to hold the foot in place comfortably and securely and lock the foot to the Powergrid midsole.
  • The collar fabric and padding have been upgraded to give a better, more comfortable fit around the ankle.

The weight of the shoe remains the same as the previous model, and it keeps it’s award winning characteristics.


As I’m running the London Marathon in 6 days I’ve had to delay the road test until afterwards! I have no doubts that the Kinvara 5 will be amazing, but I would wrap my feet in cotton wool and bubble wrap this week is I could! So review to come.

Once we were all in our beautiful new footwear, we were treated to some details about the history of the brand and design from Jonathan Quint, EMEA Marketing, as well as a brief running technique workshop and Q&A with England Athletics, Running With Us and RunLounge coach, Nick Anderson. It’s safe to say there was some great information for us all there, especially those of us undertaking a marathon in the next few weeks.


RunLounge are putting on 2 further Q&A sessions with a training run, going from the Saucony shop this week. You’ll learn loads from Nick and the team, and someone at each session will win a bundle of Saucony gear, RESULT!


The pictures speak for themselves. It was an amazing evening, the shop is fantastic and the guys really know their stuff. The history there is phenomenal and it’s crazy to think of some of the trainers people used to run in, especially when you looks at what we have nowadays.


I’m super excited to test out the Kinvara 5’s next week…actually more than likely the week after! I’ll let you know how I get on. In the meantime, get yourself down to Covent Garden and join the RunLounge coaches for some top running.


I’m off to go and hug my amazing trainers again now!


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