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BAROQUE AND ROLL

This year Vienna topped the Mercer Quality of Life Survey for the eighth consecutive year and the city’s premium nature was present and correct in the delivery of its annual marathon

VIENNA CITY MARATHON

While it may not hold the prestige or history of any of the six World Marathon Majors, Vienna certainly lives up to its IAAF Gold Label ranking and offers an excellent alternative and distraction for those unable to secure a place at the London Marathon taking place the same weekend.

Vienna’s marathon weekend boasts a full programme of running events catering for all abilities, including two, 4.2 and 10K runs on the Saturday before, culminating in the full 42K on the Sunday, running concurrently with the half marathon option.

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Motivational mantras, preferably overlaid onto a picture of a runner in a dramatic landscape, are ubiquitous on social media. That isn’t to say they don’t have their uses: I have a couple of things I mutter to myself when the going gets tough although they’re unsuitable for publication unfortunately. I don’t believe the no one-size-fits-all mantras work because every runner is unique and has their own motivations. This variety is reflected in the sheer breadth of organised events available to runners right now. Which is why we’ve curated a list of 100 race (page 57) from both the UK and abroad, that we feel represents the scope of running for the remainder of 2017. From 10Ks to ultras, from road to trail, there’s something here for the beginner, veteran or just anyone who wants to simply try something new. Speaking of races The Marathon des Sables has been given the sobriquet of ‘toughest race on the planet’ so we felt duty bound to find out for ourselves if this claim is true. Our runner’s report (page 34) tells us that while ability is obviously essential, being able to get along with and support your fellow runners is the most important attribute required. Of course not every run has to be a race and there’s still satisfaction to be found in creating your own running adventures (page 21) or building goals from the reams of data floating around out there (page 42). Again it’s down to what individual runners want from their sport. All running together but with different destinations.
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