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Thanks they look great - I'll try to track them down
Check out the Likeys website, they carry gear for both extremes.
Thanks for all your help on this one
I really like the look of the Icebug MR4 BUGrip - does anyone know where I can get them in the UK
I have also entered the event and after searching around have bought a pair of Inov8 Mudclaw 340's which have metal dobs for extra grip in ice and snow - no idea how they will work out yet as a bit short of snow and ice to try them on!
Not sure what it will be like underfoot in Tromsø but I use icerunners during the winter. They fit over your running shoes and are made by a swedish company called springyard. Website is www.springyard.com although I can't see the icerunners on the site you will see the general principle, icerunners have 4 studs on the forefoot and 3 on the heel. Not sure where you could get them in the UK but they are sold in sports shops in Norway for about £15 to £20.
I run it in 2006 and will again in the coming 2008. In 2006 there was no ice or snow to speak of, since it is a very coastal maritime climate, despite being so far north. All the pavements are gritted or sanded for ice anyway, so I think it would be possible to always run it in a trail shoe, even if they had a big dump of snow (pavements would be ploughed anyway.)
But since I have Icebugs for training anyway (I live in Norway) I will take them and a pair of trail shoes with me. you could probably take an ordinary pair of shoes and play it by ear - if the conditions required, you could nip into a shoeshop at the last moment and buy a rubber flimsy-thing of stretch-over studs that pensioners etc wear to not fall over. They wouldn't be ideal but they'd do. See you there - I have a blond pony tail