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MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB

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

”THE REPUTATION FOR TOUGHNESS AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES IS WARRANTED”

CERIREES

If you are not a good boy scout, don’t even think about entering the five-day Dragon’s Back Race. In fact if you aren’t a seasoned ultrarunner with multi-day experience and competent navigation skills, with the ability to run through a zombie dawn, just don’t. Why would you?

Because that is part of the allure of this 315K race (with 15,500m of ascent). The legend of the event belongs to Ian Waddell, a para and fell runner, who conceived of the race 25 years ago, partly as a logistics training exercise for mates in his regiment. Back then, only 15 pairs and six solo runners crossed the finish line at Carreg Cennen Castle after five days of adventuring through the mountains.

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Men's Running special edition - 25 races to do before you die. The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results: it's a phrase that many of us runners can attribute to our running exploits. It's so easy to do the same events every year and never branch out, and yet life outside our personal bubbles is big, bold and exciting. As a former editor of this esteemed publication, I have been afforded the chance to race all over the world. I have done this not because I expected to be any good at the events I attended - quite the opposite in fact - but because it propelled me out of my running rut and towards a goal that was simply about finishing and enjoying the race. I have never had a bucket list of races I wanted to tick off, but, if I did, I imagine that many of them would be included in this Men's Running special. We've literally scoured the world of running to bring you some of the finest, most spectacular, most interesting and sometimes most unusual of events. It's been a journey that has taken us from the icy temperatures of Arctic Sweden to reggae-infused Jamaica, with a few obstacles and even some horses thrown in. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.