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All said AND run

AFTER FIVE MONTHS OF HARD TRAINING, JUDGEMENT DAY ARRIVED IN THE SHAPE OF A GRUELLING 50-MILE ULTRAMARATHON. SO, HOW DID THE GUYS GET ON?

PROJECT TRAIL

Jon (second from left), Dan (centre) and Nic (right) during the first half of the race

They’ve been logging the miles, braving foul weather and perfecting their race strategies. All for this: Wendover Woods 50, an ultramarathon with more hills than you could shake a muddy trail shoe at. Having never run this distance before, Nic, Dan and Jon were heading bravely into the unknown; three compression-clad compadres pushing themselves to their very limits. So, was it an ultra success or a 50-mile fail?

Name: Jon Gurney

Age: 51

Hometown: Gravesend

Job: Bank manager

Twitter: @RunRonneyRun

FINISHING TIME: 13:30:05

Was the Wendover Woods 50 as hard as you’d imagined?

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About Men's Running

For any of you reading this magazine for the first time, I hope this will be the beginning of a long and exciting journey, both with MR and with running. For me, though, it’s also an ending of sorts: this is my last issue as editor of the magazine (sob, sob). From narrowly beating a steam train over 14 miles to being trounced by a horse over 24, via near-death at the Ennerdale Horseshoe and elation at the London Marathon, it’s been quite the three years. The best part, though, has been interacting with the MR community, in person and online, and hearing about the countless ways in which running has improved your lives. From weight-loss heroes to those who have used running to improve their mental health, ours is a sport filled with inspiring stories of self-improvement. When I spoke with Paul Sinton-Hewitt recently, the founder of parkrun told me he started the event because “I wanted to be with people – and running is about people.” And what a strange, brilliant, eclectic bunch we are. Having the chance to meet many of you, and put together a magazine about a subject as universal and life-changing as running, has been a great privilege. Thanks for reading.
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