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LOST IN THE HEAT OF IT ALL

THE APPEAL OF ULTRAMARATHONS IS OFTEN TIED TO THEIR SPECTACULAR SCENERY. ON THAT FRONT, THE INAUGURAL LOST ISLAND ULTRA DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. SEARING HEAT AND CRUSHING CLIMBS, HOWEVER, SPELL TROUBLE IN PARADISE FOR ALEX FLYNN

LOST ISLAND ULTRA

In September 2017, after returning to the UK from the US, I began to contact old friends for a new adventure. Wes Crutcher, former founder of Beyond the Ultimate, had been planning a new, multistage race in Fiji. Tropical island, beautiful surroundings, what could go wrong?

Fast-forward to April 2018 and I arrive in Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, and am greeted by its ever-changing and often-hostile climate – this time, that means cyclones! As a result of conditions out on course, the race is delayed for a day – not the end of the world, as it gives me time to re-order my hastily packed bag (supplied by OMM) and stretch off some of the jet lag.

Later in the day, myself and fellow competitors are bussed to the registration at Togavere Ra in the Yagara, a cattle ranching region. While pitching our tents against the incredible scenery of the Pacific Ocean, the realisation of how incredibly hot and intense the sun is – and how the humidity will affect us all mid-race – becomes clear.

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About Men's Running

The August issue of Men’s Running is all about running happy. As a runner, it can be easy to lose track of exactly why it is you run; it’s all too easy to get swamped by target times and the pressure to perform. Our feature on Running and Happiness looks at the many reasons we lace up our trainers – and attempts to reinforce the one overriding aim we all should have: to find a greater sense of joy. Elsewhere, the weird and wonderful world of racing is exemplified by the Beer Lovers’ Marathon: 26.2 miles of booze-fuelled fun. And, in a unique take on Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s hit ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’, resident ultra pro Robbie Britton has a heap of advice for would-be long-distance dons. Happy running!