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HOMECOMFORTS

Gary Dalton returns to his roots for the Connemarathon: a road-based ultramarathon on the west coast of Ireland

CONNEMARATHON

© Anne Lyng
© Anne Lyng

I wonder if I can out-wait them. That was my first thought as I lay in the bottom of the ditch, listening to the growing guffaws of the crowd gathered nearby. They’ll go away soon enough, I thought, no human being can sustain such hilarity. I poked my head just over the lip to see that no, far from losing interest, concern was now growing on their faces. Concern that tipped back over into the kind of joy that you only ever really see due to the misfortune of another person: someone walking into a plate-glass window – that kind of thing.

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About Men's Running

While the calendar may be full of organised races and events, not everyone’s running life is dictated by competition. Goals come in many different shapes and sizes and so does the impetus to achieve them. If this issue has a theme it’s that reasons to run go way beyond simply wanting to be involved in a sport. Take for example the five blokes who used their unwanted weight-gain as a spur to getting out and reclaiming their lives (p55). Not only did they turn their health around they also found out things about themselves they never would have without running. You can also find #runspiration from your environment, whether that be the mountainous trails of Austria (p60) or the streets outside your own front door (p34). Hitting the books (and tablets, phones and laptops) is also a good way to find running inspiration. So we’ve curated our own Men’s Running library of essential reading and watching (p42), meaning you can gen up on training tips and courageous stories, while also keeping tabs on the amazing feats being performed by the professionals. Speaking of which, with athletic titans such as Mo Farah and Scott Overall entering the twilight of their careers, we look at the next generation of UK runners (p66) who’ll be inspiring people to lace up their trainers and find themselves through running. All this plus our usual mix of races, kit, recipes and training tips.
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