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ON TOP OF THE WORLD

THE 1,250-MILE GREAT HIMALAYAN TRAIL TAKES TREKKERS AROUND FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE. SEAN BURCH SET OUT TO RUN IT IN A FRACTION OF THAT TIME, BUT HE WASN’T COUNTING ON THE LEECHES OR DRUNKEN LOCALS

The Himalayas represent the zenith of adventure in the eyes of many endurance athletes. For some, reaching the base camp of Mount Everest, a mere 17,500ft above sea level, after a trek of several days is enough.

Others attempt to scale some of the world’s highest peaks and many risk - and lose - life and limb in a bid to stand at the roof of the world. The question is, what do you do when you’ve ticked these achievements off your list?

Sean Burch was thinking the same thing. He’d broken a myriad records and now needed something extraordinary to test himself against. The answer - an assault on the world record for running the full length of Nepal’s Great Himalayan Trail (GHT).

Burch is no weekend warrior who’d recklessly stuck a pin in a map of the world looking for adventure. The fitness consultant from Virginia, USA has more world records to his name than most of us have pairs of socks.

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About Men's Running

I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around at the time and they’ll tell you it was the heyday of British middle and long distance running. I got swept along by the Coe versus Ovett battle of the Moscow Olympics and the then addition of Cram for LA in 1984. Britons ruled the world and I loved every second of the battles, the highs, the lows, the medals and the media. These guys were my inspiration and I wanted to be them. They were the reason I started running and it was no surprise that my chosen events were 800 and 1500m. That I was best at these was just an added bonus. There are so many influential figures in our brilliant sport. Some are well known, others less so. So we decided to choose our favourites so that you could also get a little sprinkling of inspiration. Whether it’s Dean Karnazes eating pizza by the roadside or Ron Hill running every day for more than 50 years, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Read and get inspired and hit the road for your next run!