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BEAUTY & THE BEASTS

You don’ t have to have a screw loose to run in th e mountains. Here are six of Britain’ s best mountain races, from beginner- friendly to seriously epic

BERGHAUS DRAGON’S BACK RACE

22-26 May berghausdragonsbackrace.com Fear factor 6/5

The Dragon’s Back is the biggest and baddest of all the UK’s mountain races. Five days, 300 kilometres, from the top to (almost) the bottom of Wales, along its jagged spine. The route includes 16,000m of ascent and, as it’s unmarked, navigation skills are key (though GPS units are allowed). The first race in 1992 was deemed so tough it didn’t happen again until 2013.

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