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BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL

ARKO HØJHOLT JOINS THE MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, AN URBAN RUNNING COLLECTIVE ON A MISSION TO GET LONDONERS MOVING

MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

It’s like being back in the army,” the guy next to me groans in the middle of a pushup. “Or like joining a fraternity,” another one laughs painfully. I just smile and raise myself up on my shivering arms, again and again. Around us another 200 people or so are singing along, doing their best to synchronise their sweaty efforts with the beat pounding from the portable speakers. Hordes of tourists are passing by. Some of them are smiling, some are shaking their heads in wonder, and almost all of them are taking pictures of us. It’s Tuesday evening, we’re on South Bank, close to the Tate Modern, and we’re on a 10K Boot Camp Run with the London Midnight Runners.

The Tuesday run is the backbone of the successful London-based club. Ten kilometres along the Thames and across a number of its bridges with five exercise stops — and lots of loud music. The club offers plenty of other activities as well; track sessions, long runs, trails, and a number of unique charity runs, but the weekly Boot Camp Run is the flagship event, always attended by somewhere between 100 and 200 runners. And always followed by drinks at the local.

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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.
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