Skechers Performance

Keith Whyte

Keith Whyte is our kinda guy! He is an ultra-marathon runner from Ennis, Co. Clare who began running in 2007. Keith is the National record holder for 100km and Brand ambassador for the Skechers Performance Division. He has many wins under his belt… including his win at the 100k Ultra Marathon in the Antarctic battling conditions like -33 degrees! Keith is on his way back from injury, and we caught up with him a few days ago.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?

My greatest achievement to date was when I won the British and Irish 100km championships (Anglo Celtic Plate) in Wales in 2012. It was my first international win representing Ireland and I became the first ever male Irish athlete to win in the history of the event.

What’s your greatest achievement while wearing a Skechers shoe?

My best performance in a Skechers shoe was when I broke the Irish national record for 100km in Belgium in 2013. It was one of those days where everything clicked and all the hard training really paid off. On the day I wore my Skechers GOrun 2s.

What’s your favourite Skechers running shoe?

My favourite Skechers running shoe is a tossup between the Skechers GOrun and Skechers Ultra Road. I usually train in the Ultra Road and race in the Skechers GOrun.

What are you working towards at the moment?

At the moment I’m in the gym a lot as I’m returning from injury, but my main target this year will be an attempt to run under 7 hrs for 100km. I currently hold the Irish national record for the distance (7.02:42).

What do you like to do to relax?

There’s not a lot of down time between work and training, but on the rare occasion I do get some I’ll just chill out on the sofa and catch up on some sport on TV.

What advice would you give to someone looking to take up ultra-marathon running?

For anyone looking to take the step up from the marathon and explore the world of ultra-running I would suggest that you have a few marathons under your belt already. Maybe start with distances such as 50k or 40 miles. There are quite a few races of these distances around and they will give you a good base to start with before you attempt 100km or longer. Always respect the distance and pace yourself accordingly. It’s not the distance that will kill you, it’s the speed – so proper pacing is very important. Covering the distance should be your main concern rather than getting caught up with times. As you increase your training mileage, you will build a good aerobic engine that will enable you to then concentrate on increasing your speed over the distance.

How does it feel being a Skechers brand ambassador?

I’m very honoured and privileged to be a brand ambassador for Skechers. We have a great relationship which is now in its 5th year, and to have such a huge global footwear giant such as Skechers behind me is a massive support to my career.

We don’t know about ye but Keith has definitely given us a bit of inspo to get out and get running! Join in on the fun and shop the Skechers GOrun collection here 

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PINKTOBER SKECHERS PERFORMANCE SUPPORTS BCA MONTH

Skechers Performance, is thrilled to announce its 2016 partnership with the Breast Cancer Care to help in the fight to end breast cancer. For the first time in the United Kingdom, Skechers Performance will launch a two month-long marketing program that includes in-store, digital and print and social executions. To commemorate the partnership, Skechers Performance is releasing a limited edition GOwalk 3 ™ and GOrun 400 footwear collection marked with the iconic breast cancer awareness pink ribbon and a limited edition, which will be available in SKECHERS retail stores, and online late September 2016.

“We are proud to partner with Breast Cancer Care and help their cause in the fight against breast cancer,” said Peter Youell, SKECHERS UK & Ireland Managing Director. “After seeing the success from our Marie Keating Foundation campaign over in Ireland, we wanted to continue and expand our support for breast cancer charities in the United Kingdom. In this new collaboration we wish to help raise awareness about all the incredible work that Breast Cancer Care does with helping to save lives.”

The Skechers Performance Breast Cancer Care footwear collection includes the Skechers GOrun 400 & GOwalk 3™ and is price £59.00, a donation of £5 per pair sold will be donated to the foundation. The designs incorporate a black, white and charcoal colour pallet with the classic pink hue weaved in. Each style also features the pink ribbon detailing on the heel. The Skechers GOwalk 3™ shoes available in a slip-on style, it features Skechers iconic smooth lining & Goga Mat® technology cushioning footbed. The shoe is 360-degree responsive flexibility for a more natural & responsive movement; the flexible traction outsole with Goga Pillars™ technology gives added comfort too.

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The Skechers GO run 400 shoe is designed to help keep your run light, comfortable and well cushioned. The 5GEN™ midsole material combines with a biometric design and breathable mesh upper which delivers comfort and response for an advanced yet lightweight run. Line with a unique Goga Run® insole provides shock absorption and support throughout the shoe.

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The limited edition Skechers Performance Breast Cancer Care line is available at SKECHERS retail stores, Skechers.co.uk in the United Kingdom through October.

The funds raised will support Breast cancer Care who are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.

To learn more about Breast Cancer Care http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Learn more about Skechers Performance at http://www.skechers.co.uk and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SkechersPerformanceUK), Twitter (twitter.com/SKXPerformance)

MAKE HOLIDAY PACKING EASY WITH SKECHERS GOWALK

Whether kicking back, enjoying the beach or sightseeing, Skechers GO walk is the ultimate holiday shoe. There are countless colors and styles available, and since they’re so light and take up little space, you might even be able to fit an extra pair.

So versatile, ideal for every day wear and activities, the Skechers GOwalk range offers the most amazing comfort and are convenient for packing too. As in true #Skechersstyle they’re super lightweight – so no worries about excess baggage fees!

If you’re walking around a lot this holiday, the Skechers GO walk 3 collection is perfect. Designed to flex and twist with you, they’re great on so many different surfaces, offering the benefit of real-world protection for your feet. These performance walking shoes are filled with innovative technologies. The GOimpulse and integrated Goga Pillars on the outsole provide a flexible and responsive fit, whilst the unique FitKnit breathable mesh keeps your feet nice and cool. And of course, Skechers Memory Form Fit padding around the heel gives ultimate comfort with a cushioned custom fit.

Going down to the beach? Then slip on a pair of Skechers GOwalk Move – a sporty casual comfort flip flop thong, ideal for the long hot days of summer. Each pair is so lightweight you’ll feel like you’re walking on air.

The best thing about the Skechers GOwalk collection is that you might change your wardrobe but you won’t have to change your shoes and you won’t want to! Available in so many gorgeous colours and styles, you can easily slip from night to day and still look good!

Skechers GO walk footwear is so easy to wear that quite frankly you’ll forget you have them on.

So wherever you go this summer, save on the packing and don’t forget your Skechers!