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SUMMIT TO CONSIDER

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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Slopes and dreams: the stunning backdrop of Les Deux-Alpes
Mountain man: a runner takes part in La Verticale du Diable

Twelve hours ago, I was on a packed London tube with my head wedged against the window. Now I’m standing in the sports hall in Les Deux-Alpes, south-east France, listening to the race director brief us on the rapidly deteriorating course conditions and the need for a now mandatory waterproof jacket. Oh well, at least the task is a simple one on paper: run up the mountain.

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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!