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BLOWN AWAY

Jenny Bozon returns from the Lakes windswept but inspired after a blustery weekend at the Keswick Mountain Festival

KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Brought up on a farm up North, I’ve always thought of myself as quite the outdoorsy type. Never afraid of a bit of cow muck and a few gale-force winds, I’ve quietly fancied my chances at trail running, too. Admittedly, though, I never felt particularly keen to copy those fell runners braving the elements to go running up mountains at all hours.

Oh how my perceptions changed this weekend. On Sunday afternoon I left the Keswick Mountain Festival utterly in awe of the hardy bunch of athletes I’d seen – and realised I was perhaps not quite as seasoned to the outdoors way of life as I imagined.

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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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