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A man ran in Oman

EDITOR ISAAC WILLIAMS TRAVELS TO THE MIDDLE EAST FOR A UNIQUE HALF MARATHON EXPERIENCE

MUSCAT HALF MARATHON

I’ll level with you. Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the Muscat Marathon. (I had never heard of Muscat.) Then, on the most January of January afternoons, I got an email: ‘Oman Sail and the Oman Ministry of Tourism would like to invite you to participate in the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon and to discover how Oman uses the power of sport to contribute to the socioeconomic development and to promote the country as a high-end tourist destination.’

A quick google revealed Muscat to be the capital of Oman. A following click showed that Oman shares a border with war-torn Yemen and uncompromising Saudi Arabia (as well as the more tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates). But while its neighbours in the Middle East have gained unwanted ‘Breaking News’ notoriety, Oman has quietly gone about its development - an often overlooked nation in a region that’s impossible to ignore.

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Give your running a boost with the April issue of Men’s Running – our nutrition special. Whether you’re in need of a reliable mid-marathon energy gel, a pre-run pick-me-up or a recovery-boosting shake, this month’s Best in Test is your go-to guide for the best sports nutrition products on the market – as decided by our team of independent runners. Elsewhere, spring marathoners can take advice from our very own marathon man, Steve Way, who tells you exactly what you should be doing with two months to go. Or, if off-road is your thing, resident trail guru Matt Maynard’s ‘Trail Skills’ feature explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to excel when the going gets muddy. All that, plus the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever this spring.