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Runner's World UK

October 2019

Runner's World is an inspirational and motivational magazine for runners of all ages and abilities. In every issue of Runner’s World we inform, advise, educate, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. We help every runner achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals. Runner’s World shows you the best ways to get the maximum amount of benefits from running in the minimum amount of time. Big promise? Definitely. But you don’t have to take our word for it – we’d like to prove it to you!

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Andy Dixon EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EDITORIAL JOE MACKIE Deputy Editor KERRY McCARTHY Commissioning Editor RICK PEARSON Section Editor JOHN CARROLL Chief Sub Editor ART WAYNE HANNON Creative Director JACK TENNANT Art Editor DIGITAL BEN HOBSON Digital Editor JANE MCGUIRE Deputy Digital Ed CONTRIBUTORS JO PAVEY Contributing Editor NICK BEER, KATE CARTER, ALIA GRAY, STEPHEN GLENNON, DAMIAN HALL, CINDY KUZMA, JORDAN METZL, JONNY MUIR, SAM MURPHY, KIM PEARSON, SAMANTHA REA, DAN ROE HEARST UK JAMES WILDMAN CEO CLAIRE BLUNT Chief Operating Officer ROBERT FFITCH Chief Strategy Officer ALUN WILLIAMS Managing Director, Health & Fitness SURINDER SIMMONS Chief People Officer SOPHIE WILKINSON Head of Editorial Operations CLARE GORMAN Chief Operations Director JUDITH SECOMBE Managing Director, Hearst Brand Services JANE SHACKLETON Brand Development Director, Health & Fitness PHILIPPA TURNER Senior Marketing Executive CLIENT DIVISION ANDREA SULLIVAN Director of Health & Sport DENISE DEGROOT Director of Travel JIM CHAUDRY Director of Motors PETER CAMMIDGE Director of Finance NATASHA BAILEY Client Direct Director, Health and Lifestyle VICTORIA SLESSAR Client Manager,…

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what has been your most unusual sports nutrition strategy?

‘I once dropped an electrolyte tablet into my hydration pack. The bite valve was faulty, the – now sticky – water went all over my chin and then the wasps came along. It was not a great day.’– John Carroll‘Believing it possible to fuel a 100-mile race largely on dozens and dozens of Medjool dates. Let’s just say there were plenty of trips to the bushes.’– Rick Pearson‘A bag of Haribo Tangfastics. I’d forgotten to stock up on energy gels before a long run, so I bought these at a corner shop and they worked fine. The downside was the wince-inducing sourness.’– Andy Dixon‘My ill-fated attempt at the beer mile (four laps of the track with a bottle of fizzy lager downed per lap). By lap 2, I felt like…

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editor’s letter

I RUN INTO WORK FAIRLY regularly and after one recent commute I passed a mirror on the way to the shower and noticed that my face was covered in a dusting of soot-like particles. The thought crossed my mind that I probably also breathed in some of this airborne muck on the run. Perhaps that’s not surprising, as my route (unavoidably) takes me along Euston Road and Oxford Street – two of the worst streets in the capital for pollution. Given that urban runners spend a lot of time outdoors and they’re also breathing more rapidly than non-runners, we felt it was time to take a closer look at whether we should be worried about the effects air pollution can have on our health. The good news is the experts agree…

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liathach, the highlands

THE LOCATION Liathach is one of big three massifs in Glen Torridon (along with Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin) in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Those with a head for heights will relish the challenge of scrambling across the top of the Am Fasarinen pinnacles to reach the Munro summit. An alternative (and much more runnable) way is to find a high traversing path that offers stunning views across the glen. THE CHALLENGE Munros are Scottish peaks over 3,000ft (914.4m) high. There are 282 of them, so trail runners have plenty of opportunity for mountain fun. Conditions change quickly, so it’s wise to be prepared. Spare warm clothes, and a map and compass for navigation, are essential. RUNNER Tessa Strain PHOTOGRAPHER Colin Henderson…

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so, do you run here often?

FIRST DATES OFTEN INVOLVE ALCOHOL OR POPCORN (or, if you really want to impress, both), but a growing number of Brits are pulling on their trainers in search of love. In a study by sports company Decathlon, 65 per cent of respondents said they’d go on a date that involved sports or exercise, with more than a third favouring a hike over drinks or the cinema (running and cycling were also among the most popular activities). The main reason was that an active date can help to break the ice. Joshua Gutteridge, team sports manager at Decathlon, says, ‘Exercise is proven to release endorphins, which can help to make us feel relaxed and increase self-esteem, and that can only be a good thing on a date.’ Lends a whole new…

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lighten your load

FEWER REPS, heavier weight: this approach has long been seen as the key to boosting strength, but a new study casts doubt on the accepted wisdom. According to its findings, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the same gains could be made doing by more reps with a lighter weight. The takeaway: as long as you go to failure – the point at which you can no longer do another rep – it doesn’t matter how much you lift. STRAIGHT FORWARD Strange as it may seem, running with straight arms may be just as efficient as bending them. So says a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Subjects were tested running and walking on a treadmill. While walking with arms straight was found to be more…