Barefoot act for marathon man Steve

Barefoot runner Steve Loader in training for the London Marathon
Barefoot runner Steve Loader in training for the London Marathon
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IF YOU’RE out and about in Heeley don’t be surprised if you bump into a bloke running around the streets without shoes.

It’s local actor Steve Loader who is pounding the pavements in training for the London Marathon.

But why on earth isn’t he wearing any footwear?

Well according to Steve - who hopes to raise £2,012 in sponsorship for the World Wildlife Fund - it’s more comfortable.

“It’s much safer to run barefoot. When I used to run in trainers I sometimes picked up injuries which were just too painful to run through.

“Now I don’t have these problems.

“It allows me to run in a way that’s easy, smooth and light – quite naturally – the way we humans have run for thousands of years.

“To protect the body, I keep my knees bent, land virtually flat-footed and keep a slight off-balance in my pelvis to help create a manageable forward momentum.

“The knees act like energy-filled springs, while the ankles, heels and toes work as shock-absorbers.

Steve, 30, said running barefoot was refreshing.

He said: “Each step is a new experience.

“By taking smaller steps I can cover many miles, at a gentle, steady pace.

“I’ve been running barefoot since November and have covered about 160 miles.

“I’m determined to meet my goal.

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Steve is running weekly performance workshops at the Heeley Institute with proceeds going to the World Wild Life Fund.

Call 07966 692062 for details.