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Into the wild

GLYN JONES AND ALAN MCKENNA MAY NOT BE HOUSEHOLD NAMES BUT, IN THEIR OWN WAYS, BOTH MEN PROVE RUNNING IS THE ULTIMATE FORM OF ADVENTURE
Bob Graham Round contenders Nathan Martin (left) and Marc Woodall (right), on leg two of their successful round

It is 5am in the Scottish Highlands. The darkness is total; the temperature a few degrees above freezing. On this late-November morning, it will be three hours before dawn breaks. The silence is vast, only interrupted by the clacking of studded shoes on a single-track road. Suddenly, the clack is no more. The runner has vanished.

He steps through a black forest, branches snapping under his feet, before he gains the ramparts of a mountain. Trudging through snow, he reaches the 939-metre summit of Mullach nan Coirean two hours after setting out. Two hours? He has only just begun. Ahead of Glyn Jones are another 23 mountains. Together, they make up a 60-mile loop of rough, pathless wildness. This is Ramsay’s Round, Scotland’s classic 24-hour mountain circuit, that makes its English equivalent, the Bob Graham, blush.

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The March issue of Men’s Running was designed with New Year motivation in mind. Whether you’re a persistent pavement pounder, or are completely new to running altogether, this issue is packed with expert advice on becoming a tougher, stronger, quicker and happier runner - from 14 easy-to-adopt ways to boost performance, to a three-page spread on learning to grit your teeth, push your limits and realise your true potential. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest short-sleeved tops, shorts and running socks - with the best product in each category receiving the MR ‘Best in Test’ seal of approval. For a rarely covered behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to organise a large-scale race, head to our ‘Making a Marathon’ feature, and of course we’ve also got the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you hit the ground running in 2018.