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VK MAX

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
Matt Maynard approaches the summit

“Oh well, it’s only a 5K”, said a runner, sarcastically, contemplating what lay ahead. For this was no ordinary 5K. This was the UK’s first ever Vertical Kilometre (VK), the ultimate test of man versus mountain – in this case, Na Gruagaichean in the Highlands.

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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.