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ON THE UP

THE 115K MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA-TRAIL FEATURES A QUAD-NUMBING 7, 200M OF ASCENT AND TREACHEROUSLY TECHNICAL TERRAIN.DAMIAN HALL JOINS THE ELITE BAND OF ULTRA RUNNERS TAKING IT ON
PHOTOS: JOÃO M.FARIA
Rise and shine

Madeira is famous for its cake, wine, and shy, self-effacing footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. But in trail-ultra circles, the Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco is famous – or rather, infamous – for something else: the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail (MIUT).

Starting at midnight, the 115K Ultra-Trail World Tour race takes runners from one side of the mountainous island, which is volcanic but surprisingly lush, and soars 1,800m above the clouds to the other. Sounds straightforward, perhaps, but the route unnecessarily seeks out the steepest, longest climbs, bagging a whopping 7,200m of ascent overall.

With three Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) races on my running CV, I knew I could finish the race. But I wasn’t there to complete: rather, to compete.

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Here comes the sun! And with it, lots of blokes in shorts too short and vests too tight. The sunshine will, inevitably, be gone in a flash, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t capitalise on your renewed sunny disposition by, say, signing yourself up to one of the 100 events featured in this issue's Ultimate Race Guide – featuring 5Ks, ultramarathons and everything in-between. Elsewhere, urban-running contributor Scott Cain looks at the need for all runners – particularly in big cities – to take note of their local air quality; Jim Old meets a man who, fresh from completing the 'triple seven', has had quite the week; Michael Donlevy explores the link between pre-race nerves and increased risk of injury; and Simon Ward looks at the all-abilities-welcome approach of the modern running club. All that, plus the usual training tips, kit reviews, race reports and running news in your July issue of Men’s Running