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Running Conditions This Winter: Are We Going To See Snow?

If you’ve been out and about recently you might have noticed that this November got off to a much milder start than usual. The Met Office is forecasting that these conditions are set to drop for the second half of the month, setting us up for an incredibly cold winter.

Some areas of the UK will have highs of around 16°C and 17°C with the help of some warmer southerly winds. But colder air from Europe is also on its way, and when it arrives, it will plunge the mercury down to 6 to 8°C.

Will It Snow?

We’re being told that whilst weather will most certainly be much colder, and we will see some overnight frosts, most places should be dry with a few showers and any snow will be confined to higher ground.

Some runners in parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire experienced some snow during one of the coldest October days last month, but it is unlikely that we will be seeing any sort of substantial snowfall until at least December.  

As it gets closer to Christmas, the chance for some snowfall will increase, making it much trickier for runners sticking to their training schedules over the holiday period. When the temperature drops and snow falls, it is important that each runner transitions to the change in weather in order to avoid injury or illness. Some key things to remember are:

1.      Wear Correct Footwear – Not only will the right shoes give you more grip and stability, but they will also keep your feet warmer and dryer.

2.      Warm Clothes – You need to find the balance of keeping warm but not overheating. You should be slightly cool when you start and choose fabrics that wick sweat and ventilate air as you heat up.

3.      Light up – Chances are you will be running in the dark now that daylight is limited. Make sure that drivers can clearly see you by wearing fluorescent gear and lights.

If you are training for running events and need to power through the winter in order to maintain your fitness, make sure you stay safe running in cold and icy conditions. 

20th November 2018, 9:40
Page updated 20th Nov 2018, 09:44
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