FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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This is­sue is a treat for data fans (which I sus­pect a lot of run­ners are) – on page 46 we bring you the results of our State of Run­ning 2016 sur­vey. For this, all of RW’S in­ter­na­tional edi­tions sur­veyed over 17,000 run­ners in 20 coun­tries to get an in­sight into the habits and likes of to­day’s run­ners across the world. The sub­jects range from the ob­vi­ous (such as av­er­age mileage and run­ning fre­quency) to the more un­usual: I dis­cov­ered that 49 per cent of you would rather go run­ning than have sex (is it pos­si­ble to love our sport a bit too much?), while 94 per cent of run­ners are in favour of wav­ing to other run­ners – clearly none of them live in Lon­don.

If that doesn’t sate your hunger for stats, then turn to page 52 for a fea­ture on Ken Young, ‘Mr Big Data’ – a won­der­fully enigmatic, ex­trav­a­gantly tat­tooed for­mer physi­cist who has turned into the undis­puted king of road­race sta­tis­tics, and whose work, whether by in­form­ing age-grad­ing com­par­isons or by keep­ing an in­cred­i­bly de­tailed record book of results, has ben­e­fit­ted global run­ning im­mea­sur­ably.

And there’s a less stat-driven, but equally fas­ci­nat­ing, glimpse into the in­ter­na­tional reach of our sport on page 38, where four peo­ple tell us about the plea­sures and chal­lenges of be­ing a run­ner in Paris, Bangkok, Rio and Dji­bouti. It’s an in­spir­ing re­minder that re­gard­less of where you live, it re­ally is a run­ner’s world.

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