January 2013 – FP7 R&D project HEELLESS completed (www.heelless.org).
The European R&D partnership project “HEELLESS” came to a good completion with consumer testing at the 2012 European Commission Exhibition in Brussels. The immediate responses were good and OK in 90% of the standing, walking and running tests. For further details on the findings of 212 brief tests just click HERE.
April 2012 – Staffordshire Clinical Conference in Biomechanics – Sub 2 hour marathon prediction with revolutionary footwear.
Adri Hartveld and Dr Roozbeh Naemi presented a scientific prediction of the development of world records times in the marathon. They concluded that a radical approach, such as Healus footwear, might well assist the elite runner in breaking the 2 hour barrier not later but sooner than Joyner et al’s prediction of 2021. For the full scientific report please click HERE.
March 2012 - Material developments and Trials with runners lead to the lightest running shoe with shock absorption.
Whilst the running shoe market is clearly moving to minimalistic, Healus Technology has continued to optimise the shock absorption of the shoe sole as well as the runners’ movement control. This has led to shoes of 158 grams (UK size 9) which is less than any of the big brand’s road running shoes on the market. The robustness of the footwear was tested by Adri on the stony, hilly and twisty paths on the Knype Pool 5 mile race in Stoke-on-Trent. The shoes, incorporating the latest development of the Healus shock plate, proved to give excellent stability, yet also offered impressive shock absorption. As first over 50s runner and 6th overall there were no aches and pains during or after the race.
EuroNews reported on Healus’s research work with Staffordshire University. The films are available in 5 languages
English Running without heels: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9qub_WJnow&feature=channel
Italian: Correre senza Tacchi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhtTa6QmsmM&feature=channel
French Courir sans Talons:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb50d9dt4Lg&feature=channel
German Rennen ohne Absatz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFc4v-pxhbY&feature=channel
Spanish: correr sin tacones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G5u-djIYTk&feature=channel
March 2011 - Thanks to Healus shoes 3 years of injury free running for David Moorcroft
Former 5000m world record holder Dave Moorcroft presented the newly designed Healus running shoe to the world at the start of 2008: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZIfgIPvCG4.
He had suffered lower leg injuries for many years and despite his scepticism he tried the shoes and used them for all his runs.
For the first time in 20 years he was able to train intensively without injuries.
Three years later the shoes have proven to be such an excellent fitness tool, reducing the strain on Dave’s legs whilst running.
In 2011 Dave is still enjoying his running in the various prototype Healus shoes and maintains his health and fitness in this convenient way.
April and May 2010 - Hakloos naar veteranen overwinningen
Healus Technology marathon victories in Enschede and Koblenz.
Only two weeks after running the Rotterdam Marathon (in 2hours 52min) Theo Haverkamp won the over 50s title in the famous international Enschede Marathon. In the hot weather he finished as 18th overall and 5th Dutchman in 2 hours and 51 minutes without his heels touching the ground at all.
In all training and in both races Theo ran in prototype shoes with the Healus Technology midsole modifications.
Inventor Adri Hartveld continues his training and experimentation in various Healus prototype shoes. After becoming the first over 50s runner across the finish line in the Stafford Half Marathon in a time of 1h16'37", he won the over 50s Masters category in the Mittelrhein Marathon in Koblenz, Germany on 29th May.
MARCH 2010 - Dutch masters in Healus shoes winning every race in their category.
Both trial runners in The Netherlands, Henri Havinga and Theo Haverkamp have continued to train and race in Healus prototype shoes. They have enjoyed their running at the front of the pack, beating hundreds of heeled competitors.
On 13 March 2010 50 year old Theo ran the 32km van Kampen in 2hours and just 20 seconds as second fastest finisher overall and 10 minutes ahead of the second veteran runner (see http://www.32vankampen.nl/).
Over the last year Henri has been the first runner in his masters category (over 45 year old) in all his 10km road races and Cross country events. Unlike when he used to run in conventional running shoes, he has not had any injuries and continues to enjoy his sport.
Healus Technology Allows Distance Runner Brian Cole to Move Faster and Recover Quicker, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2008
Britain's leading ultra-distance runner is backing the unique Healus shoe design to help him challenge for medals at the World Championships later this year.
He has been using our locally manufactured prototype shoe to train for the past ten months in preparation for the 100 km World Cup on 8th of November in Italy. He qualified for the GB team by winning the Boddington 50 km in the Healus shoes. (see link: results2008boddington50ktrial)
See also link to World Championships event in Italy: www.englandathletics.org/news.asp?section=000100010008&itemid=717&search=100k
He believes the shoes are making a real difference to his training programme by helping him recover quicker and run faster times. This is a major endorsement, because the Royal Marines recruitment officer is an experienced runner and has been a member of the GB ultra-distance running team for three and a half years. He regularly trains in our shoes, covering distances of over 20 miles and in the Bourne Sports Breakfast Runs on Saturday mornings.
Brian said: "I have been using the Healus trainers since December 2007 and have already noticed they are relieving achilles problems, helping me to recover without stiffness after training and possibly even making me faster. My times are getting quicker, but I think that's a combination of my improved fitness and the running position the shoes put me in."
We at Healus are currently in negotiation with footwear manufacturers about bringing the design to a wider audience. In the meantime, they are available for testing on Saturday mornings at Stoke-on-Trent sports retailer Bourne Sports.