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MAN DOWN!

Courageous runreporter Jim Old miraculously survives a neardeath bird attack

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I was running in the lanes and fields of my youth during a family visit to my parents in Cheshire. With a half marathon coming up, I couldn’t surrender completely to their non-stop catering and drink-plying, so I’d taken myself off to run a familiar loop. The return leg brought me along a bridleway which skirted the edge of a ploughed field. My attention was on the huge clods of turned earth at my feet when something swooped over me from behind. It passed above my head and then skimmed the ground before rising again and vanishing over a hedge. It was unmistakably a bird of prey. Large and dark, it could only be a buzzard. Odd behaviour for a buzzard, I thought. As I ran on I tried to remember some runnerbuzzard incident that I was sure had made the news a while back. Hadn’t the poor bloke been attacked while…

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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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