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“I’M NOT AN AIRBRUSHED, ELITE ATHLETE”

WHEN RUSSELL BENTLEY WON THE SNOWDONIA MARATHON, IT SET HIM OFF ON A WHOLE NEW PATH

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Russell Bentley, 36, had one thing on his mind when he took up running: to beat the class bully on sports day. To be fair, that was back in his primary school days, but it changed his life. “I realised I enjoyed it, so I went to a local running club and carried on. I was a good national level track runner, but I was finding it hard to make it as an 800m runner.

“I was going round the world and taking it very seriously, but I kept breaking down with injuries. I had a chronic achilles problem that was wrecking my chances. I couldn’t get consistent training to get those quick times, so I took a step back. I wouldn’t say that I turned away from running, but when I got married and had kids, it changed a lot. I became less self-centred. I had to be! I think that was good for me.”

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Give your running a boost with the April issue of Men’s Running – our nutrition special. Whether you’re in need of a reliable mid-marathon energy gel, a pre-run pick-me-up or a recovery-boosting shake, this month’s Best in Test is your go-to guide for the best sports nutrition products on the market – as decided by our team of independent runners. Elsewhere, spring marathoners can take advice from our very own marathon man, Steve Way, who tells you exactly what you should be doing with two months to go. Or, if off-road is your thing, resident trail guru Matt Maynard’s ‘Trail Skills’ feature explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to excel when the going gets muddy. All that, plus the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever this spring.