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FIELD OF DREAMS

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/RURAL RUNNING

Ditch the watch, forget your split times and head to your nearest park or field. Smell the fresh air, feel the ground beneath your feet and run as fast or as slow as you like. You are now running free, an approach Richard Askwith espouses in his thought-provoking new book. Many of you will be familiar with Askwith as the goal-obsessed runner at the heart of Feet in the Clouds, his acclaimed debut about the obscure British sport of fell running. Among other things, the book recounts Askwith’s various attempts to complete the gruelling Bob Graham Round, a circuit of 42 peaks in the Lake District that must be completed in under 24 hours. Nowadays, you’re more likely to find him running around the fields of Northamptonshire, accompanied by his loyal dog, Nutmeg. MR caught up with him to find out more about his new approach to running.

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YET TO MUDDY YOUR TRAINERS IN THE WORLD OF OFF-ROAD RUNNING? OUR BEGINNER’S GUIDE WILL HAVE YOU CHARGING THROUGH WOODLAND AND LEAPING OVER STILES BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN THINK ABOUT STARTING YOUR GARMIN
IN HIS NEW BOOK, RUNNING FREE, RICHARD ASKWITH SWAPS TIMES AND TARGETS FOR A MORE CARE-FREE APPROACH TO RUNNING – AND ENCOURAGES YOU TO DO THE SAME
TIRED OF RUNNING THE SAME OLD ROUTES? GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK AND TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED, SAYS CERI REES
TRAILS, 10-FOOT WALLS AND TRENCH FOOT. “OBSTACLE RACING IS FUN,” INSISTS JON ALBON, THE MUD BRIGADE’S MAN TO BEAT
ROAD MARATHON SEASON IS UPON US, BUT DIE-HARD TRAIL FAN CERI REES SAYS THEY HAVE NOTHING ON THEIR OFF-ROAD EQUIVALENT. HERE’S WHY…
TIRED OF ALL THE ROAD RUNNING? CERI REES EXPLAINS WHY YOU NEED TO TRY AN OFF-ROAD EVENT
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A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE ENCOURAGED CERI REES TO TAKE A MOUNTAIN LEADER COURSE. HE SAYS YOU SHOULD DO THE SAME
STAY SAFE ON THE TRAILS THIS WINTER WITH CERI REES’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO HILLSIDE HAZARDS
DO YOUR LEGS NEED SOME EXTRA STRENGTH? ARE YOUR RUNS ON THE FLAT JUST A LITTLE DULL? YOU, MY FRIEND, NEED SOME HILLS IN YOUR LIFE
THE CROSS-COUNTRY SEASON IS ALMOST HERE. IT’S TIME TO SLIP ON A PAIR OF SPIKES AND EMBRACE THE MUD, SAYS CERI REES
WHAT’S THE BEST FUEL TO POWER YOUR RUNNING? CERI REES SPEAKS WITH THE TOP TRAIL RUNNERS TO HEAR THEIR CONTRASTING VIEWS ON THE FINESTMID-RACE NUTRITION
FROM DOGS TO DEER, BULLS TO BADGERS, ANIMALS CAN BE AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD FOR THE RECREATIONAL RUNNER – HERE’S HOW TO LIMIT THE CHANCES OF AN ANIMAL ATTACK
NIGHT RUNNING REQUIRES YOUR FULL CONCENTRATION BUT THE REWARDS MAKE IT ALL WORTHWHILE, SAYS CERI REES. JUST REMEMBER TO WEAR A HEADTORCH
THE THREE-TIME WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS WEST HIGHLAND WAY TALKS PACE AND PLANT-BASED DIETS WITH RICK PEARSON
STUNNING SCENERY AND CHALLENGING TERRAIN – SAY GOODBYE TO PAVEMENTS WITH MR’S ROUND-UP OF BRITAIN’S BEST OFF-ROAD ROUTES
FROM CORE WORK TO COURSE RECCIES, MOTIVATION TO MOUNTAIN CRAFT, PREPARING FOR AN OFF-ROADER REQUIRES SERIOUS FOCUS. CERI REES SHARES HIS SECRETS TO RACE-DAY SUCCESS
SAY GOODBYE TO THE PAVEMENTS AND HEAD TO THE UK’S HIDDEN TRAILS, SAYS SIM BENSON, CO-AUTHOR OF WILD RUNNING, AN EXCITING NEW BOOK ON ALL THINGS OFF-ROAD
FANCY AN OFF-ROAD RACE IN MAURITIUS? AS MR’S EDITOR DISCOVERS, THE TRAILS OF THIS TROPICAL PARADISE ARE AS TOUGH AS THEY GET
AN HOUR’S FLIGHT FROM THE UK LIES A WORLD OF MOUNTAINS AND MADCAP RACES. LOUIS WATERMAN-EVANS HEADED TO LES DEUX-ALPES TO TAKE PART IN ONE – AND SAYS YOU SHOULD TOO
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EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN RUNNER JONNY MUIR CAME IN FOR A CHASTENING EXPERIENCE AT THE ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON (OMM), ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST BRUTAL RACES
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JAMES POOLE TAKES A TRIP TO THE SPANISH PYRENEES FOR AN UNCONVENTIONAL FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE