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Trail Running

Trail Running February - March 2020

Trail Running was the UK's first magazine devoted to the exciting, adventurous world of off-road running. Escape boring treadmills, knee-jolting tarmac and traffic fumes and join us in the fresh air as we help you discover Britain’s most awesome trails. In each issue you’ll find... - Mapped off-road routes - Inspirational places to run throughout the UK - More gear tests than any other running magazine - Expert training advice and fitness plans We also feature and interview record-breaking mountain runners, along with the best trail, obstacle and adventure races.

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take chunks off your pb

Spice it up Variety is the spice of life and also the key to boosting performance. A recent review published in Sports Medicine, of more than 8000 articles, compared the results of continuous training versus interval training. The researchers found that, overall, continuous was a better method to reduce the oxygen cost of running. However, it also reported that intervals effected a further improvement. Vital vit Boost your vitamin D if you want to get faster. That’s the conclusion from the results of research published recently in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Scientists in Virginia analysed 1995 people and reported that those who had higher levels of the vitamin tended to have the best VO2 max, a key factor in running performance. Be more hardcore Improving core stability took an average of 66 seconds…

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ice is still cool

Is the physiotherapy profession about to give cryotherapy the cold shoulder? It was reported that the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was advising professionals not to recommend icing injuries and bruising. This followed news that the physician who pioneered ‘RICE’ treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) now believed ice could do more harm than good. However, it turns out that wasn’t official advice. Nick Worth, national lead clinician for Ascenti, a leading provider of physiotherapy and selected clinical outsourcing, told TR: “With regard to ice, the advice hasn’t substantially changed… Use ice in short durations (around five minutes) to help with reducing the pain and then get the injury moving gently and safely. Just be clear why you are using the ice and what you want it to achieve.”…

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dugdale dug deep

Cumbria’s Joe Dugdale won the junior World Mountain Running Championships‚ to go with his European crown won in July. The 19-year-old’s latest triumph in Argentina also led the GB junior men to team gold. “I’ll look back on this with pride for my whole life,” said Joe. “It’s a dream come true.” In the junior women’s race, Eden O’Dea finished 14th for GB, with compatriot Eve Pannone just behind in 16th. In the senior women’s race, Team GB bagged a bronze medal, thanks to Philippa Williams’ third, Emmie Collinge’s 9th place and Sarah Tunstall’s 19th. Ireland’s Sarah McCormack, World Cup champion, was 12th. In the senior men’s race Andrew Douglas placed 7th after a fall at a river crossing, Jacob Adkin placed 8th, with Joe Steward 27th. In the Long Distance World Mountain Running,…

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mountain hat-trick

Thomas Mountney has set a new record for the 455-mile National Three Peaks Challenge Run, summiting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, running between them all. The RAF Flight Lieutenant completed the task in nine days, 11 hours, 49 minutes, knocking nearly two days off Mark Chases’s previous best, despite being a self-proclaimed novice. “It was life changing,” he told TR. “I’m so glad I did it. “Running that far is an emotional rollercoaster. To a complete novice like me it was even more so. I ran 55 miles of the West Highland Way on day one. I’d never run that far in my life. But I had to get up and do it all again each day! Tom had deep motivation. “The loss of my son late on in pregnancy had…

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Brendan Townsend has broken the men’s record for the Abraham’s Tea Round record, completing the 30-mile, 10-fell challenge in five hours, 30 minutes and four seconds. James Harris’s previous men’s record was 5:41. Paul Wilson has become the first person known to have completed the Puddle Buckley Round in Snowdonia. The 16 summits, four swims, 46 miles and 15,700ft of ascent was completed in 21 hours and 58 minutes – solo and on sight. Despite injury set-backs and sleep deprivation, six women have run the length of the Outer Hebrides in a new record time. The group ran 156 miles from Vatersay to Lewis following the Hebridean Way, crossing 10 islands, six causeways and taking two ferries, in four days, seven hours and 28 minutes. Dan Summers has completed a Winter South Wales…

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nick symmonds

When Olympic middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds was growing up in the Rocky Mountains, running meant trail running. And even though the 36-year-old has been retired a few years, keeping fit in the winter generally means getting on to the trails. “We never called it trail running; we just called it running,” said the American, who was fifth in the race described as one of the greatest in history, the London 2012 800m final. “I’d put most of my miles in on trails and I always kept that mentality. When autumn rolls around I tend to naturally put more time on the trails, less track time, less road time. In the autumn and winter I’m generally logging 90% of my miles on off-road terrain.” During his career, Symmonds, whose personal best for 800m was…