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HEAD TO THE HILLS (OR THE STAIRS…)

FED UP WITH FLAT? BORED OF THE ROAD? BROADEN YOUR RUNNING HORIZONS AND TAKE YOUR FITNESS TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH THE LATEST VERTICAL RUNNING CHALLENGES

VERTICAL RUNNING

The only way is up: running/scrambling up a ski jump
© JURE MAKOVEC / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

In the running world right now, the only way is up – literally. Welcome to the vertical running scene, where races are shorter than your average parkrun but feature a single, intense, lactic acid-flooding uphill ascent. Your legs will jellify, your throat will burn and your fitness will skyrocket. Here’s everything you need to know.

REACH FOR THE STARS

Out-of season ski jumps, near-vertical mountain summits and cool urban skyscrapers might not spring to mind as typical race-day destinations, but that’s all changing, with the growth of vertical running events, where the sole aim is to ascend a short, uphill distance as quickly as you can. When we say uphill, we mean it. The average gradient of the Red Bull 400 events, where competitors race up a 400-metre ski jump, is around 75 per cent.

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About Women’s Running

Get inspired to take your running off the beaten track, with the July issue of Women’s Running, on sale 31 May. From our beginner’s guide to ultrarunning (including a 16-week training plan), to the lowdown on all things vertical racing, this issue celebrates adventure in running – and shows you how you can get a piece of it. Don’t fear, though, that doesn’t have to mean transforming into an ultra-athlete, running ludicrous miles in remote locations. We’ll show you how simply taking your runs off road and embracing the great outdoors can shake up your routine – and add some soul to your running. And if you need some convincing, don’t miss our interview with cover star and off-road enthusiast Caroline McKay, who tells us why the life-affirming nature of trail running has got her totally hooked. This issue also features our spring Ultimate Race Guide, compiling the best 100 races taking place from July onwards this year, so you can start planning your next adventure …