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TARMAC NOT INCLUDED

DID YOU MISS OUT ON A PLACE IN THE LONDON MARATHON? PERHAPS YOU’RE JUST TIRED OF ROAD MARATHONS? GET SOME DIRT ON THE SOLES OF YOUR SHOES WITH OUR PICK OF THE BEST OFF-ROAD 26.2 MILERS

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/TOP TRAIL MARATHONS

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MONTANE HOWGILLS TRAIL 26

On the very edge of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales, the Howgills Trail marathon delivers everything you’d expect from this part of the world. A circular route on trail and track, the bucolic beauty of the race is consistently interrupted by its undulating obstacles, culminating in the lung-busting challenge of summiting The Calf, the highest point in the fells. On a good day, you may treasure the views as much as the thought of crossing the finish line. Maybe. 25 May 2014 trail26.com

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When I first started running, venturing off-road was all about school cross-country races, generally around anodyne playing fields in heavy football boots. It wasn’t the kind of experience that books are written about. In fact, it was the kind of experience that scarred many would-be runners for life. But fast forward, cough cough, a few years and trail running is now big business. The clamour for places in the ‘big daddy’ of all trail race, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, is as fervent as the Virgin Money London Marathon and shoe companies now have entire ranges dedicated to trail and off-road. Why is it so popular? If you haven’t yet ventured off the beaten track, trail running is about being more in-tune with nature and taking stock of your surroundings. It’s not about times or even really distances; it’s about testing your body over different terrain with vistas to die-for! In this Men’s Running special, we talk about everything trail, from training to technique. We even cover a few races for good measure. We hope you enjoy!