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PB BELIEVERS

A TEACHER, A DECORATOR AND AN IT CONSULTANT…NOT THE OPENING LINE TO THE WORST JOKE EVER, BUT THE THREE 26.2-MILE HOPEFULS TAKING ON THIS YEAR’S BIG MARATHON CHALLENGE!

BIG MARATHON CHALLENGE

PHOTOS: JOSEPH BRANSTON

In October, we put out the call for our annual Big Marathon Challenge. With the help of our sponsor, ASICS, and coaching partner, Full Potential, BMC is a fourmonth programme to help three gents run the races of their lives at the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon.

You answered in your droves, and whittling it down to just three people was almost as difficult as running a marathon itself. However, we’re chuffed with our final selection: a diverse trio of men running for wide-ranging reasons.

In November, the chosen three were contacted and met for a photoshoot at ASICS’ flagship store on Regent Street, London. Here, they and the Women’s Running team picked up their new kit – the latest winter training gear from ASICS – and had a gait analysis conducted by the in-store experts. The teams also met with their coaches from Full Potential: MR’s team coach Ben Barwick sitting down with the gents to learn more about their lifestyles, running backgrounds, and how many turkey sandwiches they expected to eat over Christmas, in order to create their bespoke training plans.

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About Men's Running

New to running? The February issue of Men’s Running is tailor-made for you. If, like many, your decision to dust the cobwebs off your trainers was driven by Christmas guilt, then signing up to a race, several months down the line, is an excellent way to keep that new-year motivation running high. And for that, our Ultimate Race Guide is a good place to start. Featuring 100 of the UK’s – and indeed the world’s – premier running events, you’re guaranteed to find a race that takes your fancy. And here’s hoping it will mark the start of a long and event-full running journey. It's not all about racing, of course, as proved by MR debutant Matt Buck, who embarked on a self-supported run along Portugal's stunning and appropriately named Historical Way. And of course there’s the usual blend of seasonal training advice, exclusive reviews, witty race reports and nutrition know-how – all of which, we hope, can help you make 2018 your best running year yet.