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TRAIL S.O.S

STAY SAFE ON THE TRAILS THIS WINTER WITH CERI REES’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO HILLSIDE HAZARDS

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/TRAIL EMERGENCIES

October, 2008. Two thousand runners descend on the idyllic rural haven of the Lake District. They are a mixture of orienteers, fell walkers, mountaineers, experienced mountain runners and novices. Eager to participate in the most iconic off-road endurance competition in the UK, the two-day Original Mountain Marathon (OMM), they are about to be dealt a harsh lesson in how man is at the mercy of the elements.

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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!