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My 9 year old daughter is regularly doing cross country running and racing for school and I have been advised by her PE teacher to get her some spikes. However, we went to Up and Running today and they don't stock them in her size because they say that spikes aren't suitable for children to wear. They suggested I got her some Walsh fell shoes instead because they have some cushioning (she already has some Adidas Kanadia trail shoes). We then went to JJB (because I didn't know where else to try!) and they tried to sell me some that were a size too big because they didn't have her size, but to get some gel inserts to put in them instead. I came away with nothing in the end.
So, does anyone know whether spikes are suitable for children? Lots of her friends use them and they are what her teacher has said she needs. If so, where can I get hold of some? Does anyone put gel inserts in their spikes? I am really confused now and just want to make sure that she can run safely in the mud.