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NOT SO EGGS-CELLENT

Our annoyingly cheerful ultrarunner Damian Hall has had a troubling time with both a drug test and his daughter’s sports day
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TOKEN BLOKE

I’ve had a couple of odd things happen to me lately. The first one dates back to before Marathon des Sables (MdS) in April. The Ultra-Trail World Tour is rightly trying to clamp down on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) before our largely amateur sport becomes farcical like cycling and athletics. As an MdS runner with a higher International Trail Running Association (ITRA) ranking, I was chosen for a short-notice test. A demand, via a strangely worded (translated from French, I know now) SMS, for a blood sample within four days.

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Ready to take your running off-road? Then make sure you pick up a copy of the October issue of Women’s Running – our trail special. If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll find advice for taking those first steps on the trails and, for the more experienced off-road enthusiasts, tips from the pros – find out how to “ascend like a mountain goat and descend like a demon”. With expert guides to finding the right trail shoes for you, exclusive reviews of the latest off-road shoes and top-to-toe kit suggestions for every off-road eventuality, we’ve also got your off-road wardrobe sorted. And if you’re struggling for inspiration to take your running off road, look no further than our interview with cover star Susie Chan, whose passion for trail running has taken her from the desert to the jungle. Prefer to stick to the roads? No problem. Try our sharp sessions for 10K runners – or, if you’re taking on the longer distance, don’t miss our complete race-day guide for serious marathon runners, packed with all the advice you’ll need on making your race day seamless.