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KINGS OF THE MOUNTAINS

Matt Maynard meets the Strava record-holders for the UK’s highest mountains

Strava, if you haven’t already heard, is like Facebook for runners. Only, instead of a daily stream of juggling cats or badly lit nightclub photography, you get a steady motivational GPS feed of where you and your mates have been out running.

Segments are the Strava feature that probably cause the most good-humoured navel-gazing. Using the Strava website, users can digitally designate a segment of their activity that they ran particularly well. From then on, Strava will rank every user who runs that same segment. The fastest runner holds the coveted Course Record (CR) – until someone sneaks out and dethrones them by going faster.

There are segments of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps the most fiercely competed off all though are the climbs to the top of the UK’s highest mountains. This month we reached out to the four corners of the United Kingdom to track down the Strava CR holders of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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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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