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WORTH A PUNT

We travel to Cambridge for the half marathon and find there’s more to the city than students, spires and spokes

CAMBRIDGE HALF MARATHON

© Dave Tyrrell

Think of Cambridge and images of mortarboards and gowns, ornate college chapels and lazy river journeys on the Cam spring to mind. Plus there are the bikes – lots and lots of bikes. Yet for one Sunday every March, Cambridge swaps its obsession with all thing two-wheeled for two-legged pursuits, and closes its roads for the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon. The event sells out quickly and preference is given to locals, so getting a place is quite a coup. The course is also popular as, due the geographic location, it’s flat as a pancake and perfect for a PB. That’s if the weather behaves itself, which unfortunately this year it decides not to: high winds, horizontal rain and decidedly unseasonal temperatures mean runners are huddled that little bit closer together on the start line to shield themselves from the elements. That doesn’t stop some hardy souls turning out in shorts and vests though – I guess it gives them extra impetus to run faster and keep warm.

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Variety, as they say, is the spice of life and when it comes to running nothing could be truer. Whether novice or veteran, once you’ve got your running shoes on the world opens up to you unlike it does for any other sport. If you just want to pound the pavements you can start the moment you step out the door, either following a beaten path or taking a psycho geographical approach to an area. Or you can head off into nature and run the trails, marked or unmarked, and experience the unique challenges they have to offer. At this time of year those who prefer their runs organised can enter multiple events every weekend – from tiny attendance 10Ks to mass participation marathons – and build up quite a medal collection in the process. And if a marathon isn’t quite long enough for you, the growing number of ultra events means your endurance ambitions are well catered for. Then there are the OCRs, charity dashes, duathlons, triathlons and of course your local parkrun. All of which add to the diversity you enjoy when being part of the running community, whatever your ability. Our aim at Men’s Running is to cover all of these bases and offer a balanced view of what it is to be a runner and the issues and topics that affect and interest us all. Drop us an email on mensrunning@wildbunchmedia.co.uk and let us know how we’re geting on – we’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to head over to mensrunning.co.uk for more reviews and features, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.
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