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Lewis Breen has been running for 23-and-a-half hours. He would like to stop, but as he looks back at the hill he has just run down, he knows he must keep going.

If he ascends Arthur’s Seat – the 251-metre hill that stands sentinel over Edinburgh – one more time, he will have summitted the rocky peak 48 times in 24 hours, and who can deny the beauty of those numbers?

Sustained by the carbs of a Lidl bakery aisle, the first eight hours passed uneventfully, with Breen reaching the top 20 times, each up-and-down leg comprising a distance of 2.2 kilometres and a height gain of 160 metres.

Night came; rain fell; the numerous stone steps to the summit became as treacherous as ice. Breen retreated into a surreal world of concentration and nauseous exhaustion. He pressed on, nonetheless – ascending, descending, ascending, descending…

How did he feel? Terrible. “I felt like taking my bag off and throwing it down the hill,” he said. What was it all for? Fame? Money? A shiny medal and goody bag groaning with things he had no use for?

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About Men's Running

The November issue of Men’s Running is all about training smart: whether that’s tailoring your sessions to suit your body type, learning to make the most of your urban environment or discovering the most cost-effective events, this issue is packed with content to help you reach your full potential. Elsewhere, we’ve got some stunning, run-envy inducing destination races. Run-reporter Arko Hojholt travels to the pristine Swiss Alps for the Inferno Half: a half marathon with a sting in its tail. Damian Hall, meanwhile, has been kept busy: first, trying his hand (or feet) at the quad-wrecking discipling of skyrunning, before troubling the crème de la crème of ultrarunning at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), the world’s premier trail race. Of course, we’ve also got exclusive kit reviews, tech roundups and inspiring interviews to maintain motivation this winter.