Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Upgrade to today
for only an extra Cxx.xx

You get:

plus This issue of xxxxxxxxxxx.
plus Instant access to the latest issue of 380+ of our top selling titles.
plus Unlimited access to 31000+ back issues
plus No contract or commitment. If you decide that PocketmagsPlus is not for you, you can cancel your monthly subscription online at any time. Auto-renews at £9.99 per month, unless cancelled.
Upgrade for 99p
Then just £9.99 / month. Cancel anytime.
Learn more
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
GB
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the United Kingdom version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points
32 MIN READ TIME

THE ACCIDENTA L ULTRA RUNNER

The prodding. It starts as a small but painful sensation. After a few hours, it’s still there, regular as a metronome, not hurting so much as gently reminding you with each aching step that, yes, when you reach the end, when you remove your shoe and sock and look down at your ravaged feet, that toenail will be gone or, at best, clinging on for its life.

Multiply that prodding by 10. Then consider the prospect of having to run eight marathons in six days with it - that rawskinned agony as each one of your inflamed digits, relieved of their protective sheaths, jab relentlessly into the toe box of your running shoes, grinding against sand and synthetic material with respite hours away.

In reality, it is just one of a long list of problems runners encountered during the 2011 Jordan Ultra, a sadomasochistic trial by sand and sun through the desert. For one runner, it was not only his job to coax his own broken body through the challenge, but to finish each day and begin his second marathon, the one that involved rubbing, taping, popping, stretching, manipulating and holding together the carcasses of those others brave or daft enough to sign up.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Men's Running - April 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.

Other Articles in this Issue


Men's Running
I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around
A RUNNER WHO WAS AS BOLD AS HE WAS BRILLIANT AND A BRAIN SURGEON BY DAY, HE WAS TRULY ONE OF ATHLETICS’ MOST UNIQUE AND LAUDABLE COMPETITORS WHO CHANGED THE FACE OF RUNNING FOREVER
CHARLIE NORTON WENT FROM THE BAKING TERRAIN OF THE MARATHON DES SABLES TO THE FREEZING HILLS OF THE YUKON. EVERYTHING WAS LOOKING FINE - UNTIL THE SNOW SET IN
HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD AND HE CHANGED THE FACE OF DISTANCE RUNNING FOREVER. BUT HIS GLITTERING CAREER AND LIFE WERE TO END IN A TRAGIC WAY
INSPIRED BY A BREAK-OUT AT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PRISONS IN THE USA, THE BARKLEY 100 IS FIVE MOUNTAINOUS LOOPS OF RUNNING HELL. BUT JONATHAN BASHAM WOULDN’T EVEN LET GHOSTS GET IN THE WAY OF WINNING
DOMINATING DISTANCE RUNNING AT THREE OLYMPICS, THE FLYING FINN TRAINED HIMSELF, RACKED UP 22 WORLD RECORDS AND ALMOST ALWAYS LET HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE TRACK DO THE TALKING
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
HE’S THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE GAMES TO LONDON AND HAS
WHEN TERRY FOX LOST A LEG TO CANCER AT ONLY 18 IT WAS THE START OF A HISTORIC JOURNEY THAT WOULD TAKE HIM ACROSS CANADA AND TO HIS DESTINY
TOM WHITE ALMOST LOST HIS FOOT IN A COLLISION WITH A DRUNK DRIVER AND THOUGH DOCTORS MANAGED TO SAVE IT, HE ACTUALLY OPTED TO HAVE HIS LEG AMPUTATED JUST SO HE COULD KEEP ON RUNNING
THE POSTER BOY FOR THE WORLD-WIDE RUNNING BOOM AND A MAN WHO MADE HIS RIVALS GIVE EVERYTHING TO MATCH HIM, ONLY TO BE TRAGICALLY CUT DOWN BEFORE HE HAD THE MEDALS TO CONFIRM HIS UNDOUBTED TALENT
MATTHEW GOODMAN SET OUT TO NURSE OTHERS THROUGH A SIX-DAY DESERT CHALLENGE AND ENDED UP RUNNING IT HIMSELF. HIS IS A TALE OF TOENAILS AND TREATMENT TABLES
A MAN WHO HAS RUN EVERY DAY SINCE 1964, BROKEN RECORDS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND CHANGED WHAT THE WORLD WEARS WHEN THEY GO OUT RACING IN THE STREETS
MEET THE AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN-TURNED-RUNNER WHO DODGED CRAZED GUNMEN, DODGY DRIVERS AND ANGRY BEARS TO RUN FROM POLE TO POLE FOR A CAUSE CLOSE TO HIS HEART
DR ANDREW MURRAY TACKLED ILLNESS, INJURY, EXAMS AND A MIND-BOGGLING NUMBER OF MILES TO RUN FROM SCOTLAND TO THE SAHARA DESERT
THIS MONTH WE TURN TO AN ICONIC MOMENT IN RUNNING HISTORY WHEN THREE MEN STOOD ATOP AN OLYMPIC PODIUM TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT RESONATED AROUND THE WORLD
AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION WHO POSED THE GREATEST THREAT TO
HE MADE THE TRACK’S HARDEST EVENT LOOK LIKE CHILD’S PLAY, AND DID MUCH TO CLEAN UP THE SPORT HE GRACED. A CHAMPION, GENTLEMAN AND RUNNING GENIUS
IN THE KENYAN TOWN WHERE RUNNING ICONS ARE PRODUCED EN MASSE, THE MOST UNLIKELY OF COACHES IS REVERED AS THE LARGEST SINGLE REASON FOR THEIR SUCCESS
HE STARTED BY THROUGH THE NIGHT IN HIS BOXER SHORTS, NOW HE’S ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS AND ACCOMPLISHED ULTRARUNNERS - ENDURANCE PERSONIFIED