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“IF YOU ARE WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPS OR JUST DOING A PARKRUN, YOU ARE A RUNNER”

MATT MAYNARD FINDS A RARE SEATED MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF FRESH-ON-THE-SCENE ULTRARUNNER TOM EVANS WHO, SOON AFTER PLACING THIRD AT THE TRAIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON TURNING HIS SPORT PROFESSIONAL

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Sipping a flat white in a lively café in Clapham Junction, it’s hard to believe this new, London-based mountain runner has just placed third at the Trail World Championships. Tom Evans only began running ultramarathons in April last year. A couple of drinks and a bet led him to toe the start line at the Marathon des Sables. At the fiercely competitive six-day race through the desert, Tom placed a cool third. Not a bad result from a night on the beers.

Twelve months later in Penyagolosa, Spain, there were only two people in the world faster than him. Yet Tom doesn’t plan to stop there. Fresh from seven years in the Army, he has begun a manoeuvre he hopes will put British ultrarunning firmly back on the map.

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About Men's Running

The August issue of Men’s Running is all about running happy. As a runner, it can be easy to lose track of exactly why it is you run; it’s all too easy to get swamped by target times and the pressure to perform. Our feature on Running and Happiness looks at the many reasons we lace up our trainers – and attempts to reinforce the one overriding aim we all should have: to find a greater sense of joy. Elsewhere, the weird and wonderful world of racing is exemplified by the Beer Lovers’ Marathon: 26.2 miles of booze-fuelled fun. And, in a unique take on Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s hit ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’, resident ultra pro Robbie Britton has a heap of advice for would-be long-distance dons. Happy running!