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ANIMAL HARM

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

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/ANIMAL HARM

Want beef? Never enter a field with a bull in it

A few years ago, Men’s Running’s editor, David Castle, was out running in the fields around Tunbridge Wells. Suddenly, he saw a woolly silhouette rushing towards him. Before he had time to react, he was knocked off his feet by an angry ram. Seconds later, the ram butted him again, the force of its blow cracking one of his ribs. It was only thanks to the bravery of two passersby, who diverted the ram’s attentions by screaming and shouting, that David was able to beat a retreat.

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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!