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FALL FOR THE FELLS

WHEN LONDON - BASED ULTRA RUNNER CAT SIMPSON WAS OFFERED THE CHANCE TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE CLIMBS OF THE LAKE DISTRICT- PLUS A HELPING OF KENDAL MINT CAKE - SHE COULDN’T RESIST
Armed to succeed: Inov-8’s team Get A Grip

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” A good lesson for life from Richard Branson, and also one that summed up some of my apprehensions about embarking on a weekend of fell running and a race taking in one of the Lake District’s highest peaks, courtesy of inov-8. As a relatively experienced ultra runner with five years and four 100+ mile races under my belt, I go out of my way to escape the city and explore the trails and hills within a train ride of London. I know the North and South Downs Ways like the back of my hand. But Box Hill’s 250 metres of ascent is dwarfed by even the smallest peaks in the Lake District.

I was relatively uninitiated into the world of fell running, albeit I’d read Richard Askwith’s classic book Feet in the Clouds cover to cover, several times. His tales of hardy runners sustaining broken limbs, throwing themselves down fell sides, painted the pursuit as an extreme sport to a Londoner who counts herself lucky to get in a couple of hundred feet of elevation in a week of running, with the added hazard of the occasional slippery pavement on a rainy day if I’m lucky.

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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.