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KILTY PLEASURES

”A PB CEMENTED IT IN MY MIND AS THE BEST RACE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD “

I arrived in Inverness full of hope and expectation. Having never travelled north of the border before, I was keen to soak up all that Scotland – so I had heard – has to offer: my tongue tingled for whiskeysoaked haggis and I longed for a dry-witted exchange with a red–haired stranger.

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FOR HIS DEBUT 26.2-MILER ISAAC WILLIAMS TAKES ON THE LITTLE-KNOWN VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON – AND FINDS THAT IT’S QUITE A LONG WAY TO RUN
IT’S THE LARGEST MARATHON IN THE WORLD AND ARGUABLY THE MOST FAMOUS. WE RAN NYC AND FOUND THE HYPE COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED
ANDREW SIMMS NAVIGATES THE COBBLED STREETS OF AMSTERDAM FOR A MARATHON DEBUT TO REMEMBER
NICK BEAVITT REPORTS ON THE PARIS MARATHON
FANCY A HALF MARATHON WITH A DIFFERENCE? TRY ICELAND’S MIDNIGHT SUN RUN. DAVID CASTLE BATTLES INSOMNIA AND PUFFINS TO REPORT FROM THE NATION’S CAPITAL
ANDREW HASLAM JOINS THE GEORDIES FOR A TROT AROUND THE TYNE IN THE ICONIC GREAT NORTH RUN
PICTURE-PERFECT, WELCOMING AND WELL ORGANISED, THE LOCH NESS MARATHON AND FESTIVAL OF RUNNING IS A MONSTROUS AMOUNT OF FUN, SAYS ISAAC WILLIAMS
MR’S EDITOR DAVID CASTLE TAKES TO THE SCOTTISH CAPITAL TO TEST HIS METTLE – AND HIS DODGY KNEES – OVER THE MARATHON DISTANCE
GRAHAM WILLIAMS RUNS TO A REGGAE BEAT AND GETS HIS (CURRIED) GOAT AT THE 2015 REGGAE MARATHON
ROBBIE BRITTON HAS A ROYALLY GOOD TIME AT THE LYON URBAN TRAIL, A RUNNING EVENT WITH MORE STAIRS THAN THE SHARD
UK OFF-ROAD
JONNY MUIR LOOKS BACK AT THE ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY – THE “LONDON MARATHON OF THE MUD”
RICK PEARSON HEADED TO MID-WALES IN SEARCH OF AN ANSWER TO THAT IMMORTAL QUESTION: WHO CAN RUN FASTER – A MAN OR A HORSE?
BILLED AS THE ‘TOUGHEST FIVE-DAY MOUNTAIN RACE IN THE WORLD’, THE DRAGON’S BACK CAN GET THE BETTER OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED OF ULTRARUNNERS – AS CERI REES FINDS OUT. LUCKILY, EUAN MCGRATH IS ON HAND TO SEE THE RACE THROUGH
EDITOR AND RELUCTANT ULTRARUNNER ISAAC WILLIAMS SHUFFLES BACK IN TIME FOR RACE TO THE STONES, A 100K ULTRA ALONG BRITAIN’S OLDEST TRAIL
THE SPINE IS A NON-STOP, 268-MILE FOOT RACE ALONG ENGLAND’S TOUGHEST NATIONAL TRAIL. DAMIAN HALL REPORTS
CERI REES BRAVES BEARDS AND BRUTAL HILLS AT THE RECENT RED BULL STEEPLECHASE, A 23-MILE RACE WHERE ONLY THE FASTEST 40 RUNNERS MAKE IT TO THE FINISH
WITH ITS KNIFE-EDGE RIDGES AND ICONIC ROUTES, SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK IS ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREAT RUNNING DESTINATIONS. EDITOR RICK PEARSON GIVES YOU A RUNDOWN OF SOME OF ITS BEST BITS
OVERSEAS OFF-ROAD
MR TRAVELS TO THE ALPS TO SCOPE OUT THIS YEAR’S UTMB, A 103-MILE ULTRAMARATHON AROUND THE IMPOSING MONT-BLANC MASSIF
THE GORE-TEX TRANSALPINE-RUN PACKS 247.2K AND 14,862M OF ASCENT INTO SEVEN GRUELLING DAYS OF TECHNICAL MOUNTAIN RACING. JIM OLD SWAPS HIS RACING FLATS AND GPS WATCH FOR TRAIL SHOES AND TREKKING POLES AS HE ENDURES A QUAD-WRECKING EXPERIENCE THAT’S AS UNFORGETTABLE AS IT IS UNFORGIVING
DAN STINTON ENJOYS A TASTE OF THE HIGH LIFE AT MAN VS MOUNTAIN, A 22-MILE ADVENTURE RACE UP AND OVER WALES’ HIGHEST PEAK
THE VERTICAL KILOMETRE IS THE SHORT, SHARP, SHOCK OF MOUNTAIN RUNNING – AND IT’S NOW LANDED IN THE UK. EÓIN LENNON HEADED TO THE HIGHLANDS TO FIND OUT WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT
THE ICE ULTRA IS A 230K ULTRAMARATHON IN SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS. ROBBIE BRITTON PACKED HIS SNOWSHOES AND HEADED TO SWEDEN TO TAKE PART
TOO OFTEN REGARDED AS A POOR MAN’S ALPS, THE PYRENEES IS A BELOW-THE-RADAR PARADISE PERFECT FOR A RUNNING ADVENTURE. RESIDENT TOBIAS MEWS SAYS IT’S HIGH TIME YOU DISCOVERED ITS CHARMS FOR YOURSELF
THE SPARTATHLON IS THE STUFF OF ULTRARUNNING LEGEND, HARKING BACK TO THE DAYS OF ANCIENT GREECE. OUR MAN GOT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE 2013 EVENT TO FIND OUT JUST WHAT THE COMPETITORS GO THROUGH ON THEIR 246KM SLOG THROUGH HISTORY
THE ENGADIN SWIMRUN IS A 53K ALPINE ADVENTURE. ISAAC WILLIAMS TRAVELS TO THE BEAUTIFUL SWISS VALLEY AND DISCOVERS A SPORT TAKING THE ENDURANCE-RACING WORLD BY STORM