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RACING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

THE NORTH FACE ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC SAW THE WORLD’S BEST MOUNTAIN RUNNERS GATHER IN CHAMONIX FOR EUROPE’S TOUGHEST FOOTRACE. GEORGE BULL WATCHED ON IN AWE

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Slopes and glory: one of the race’s many ascents

THE CUMULATIVE ASCENT AND DESCENT DURING THE COURSE IS THE EQUIVALENT OF RUNNING UP AND DOWN MOUNT EVEREST”

“Attention! Attention!” Someone was yelling at me from the pitchblack path ahead. We had wandered up the trail above the Lac Combal aid station to kill time before the first runners came through the 64K mark, but now, looking up I could see they were already here. Four headlamps, moving closely together, were picking their way quickly across the ridge above us. I turned and ran down the path, picking my way over talus and rock, anxious to make it to the checkpoint to get a good look at the leaders as they came through.

They ate up the trail as if it had been a smooth dirt road and broad daylight. No sooner had I arrived at the checkpoint, than the front of the race melted out of the darkness. Francois D’Haene, Iker Karrera, Tòfol Castanyer and Luis Alberto Hernando – calm, controlled, waiting; like hunters in the night. Eight minutes later, and in hot pursuit, came Anton Krupicka. One of the US favourites and, with his beard and minimalist approach to mountain running, perhaps the most recognisable athlete on the ultrarunning scene, Krupicka tends to start slow. Having been in around 30th position earlier in the race, he was now hitting his stride.

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About Men's Running

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!