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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > October 2018 > RUNNING WILD

RUNNING WILD

SAY GOODBYE TO THE PAVEMENTS AND HEAD TO THE UK’S HIDDEN TRAILS, SAYS SIM BENSON, CO-AUTHOR OF WILD RUNNING, AN EXCITING NEW BOOK ON ALL THINGS OFF-ROAD

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/BEST TRAIL RACES

Pavements are so passé. Today, more and more of us are heading off-road. Participation in trail and fell races is growing, while five million people took part in an obstacle race last year. Yet there are still so many hidden trails right on our doorstep – and it’s these that Sim Benson shines a light on in his new book Wild Running. Co-authored with his wife, Jen, it’s a guidebook to all those who dream of exploring our island’s spectacular mountain, forest and coastal trails. MR caught up with Sim to find out more.

MR What is ‘wild running’ and how does it differ from its urban equivalent?

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When I first started running, venturing off-road was all about school cross-country races, generally around anodyne playing fields in heavy football boots. It wasn’t the kind of experience that books are written about. In fact, it was the kind of experience that scarred many would-be runners for life. But fast forward, cough cough, a few years and trail running is now big business. The clamour for places in the ‘big daddy’ of all trail race, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, is as fervent as the Virgin Money London Marathon and shoe companies now have entire ranges dedicated to trail and off-road. Why is it so popular? If you haven’t yet ventured off the beaten track, trail running is about being more in-tune with nature and taking stock of your surroundings. It’s not about times or even really distances; it’s about testing your body over different terrain with vistas to die-for! In this Men’s Running special, we talk about everything trail, from training to technique. We even cover a few races for good measure. We hope you enjoy!