ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Runner's World (UK) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - ANDY DIXON ED­I­TOR @Rw_ed_andy

YOU WAIT AGES FOR ONE FEAT OF SUPERHUMAN

en­durance to take place and then two come along at once. Mere weeks af­ter Eliud Kip­choge’s his­tory-mak­ing marathon, as cov­ered in our last is­sue, the Span­ish moun­tain run­ner Kil­ian Jor­net ran to the sum­mit of Mount Everest with­out oxy­gen, ropes or guides. As you do. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a five-year project to set as­cent and de­scent records on the world’s most fa­mous moun­tains. My mind was well and truly bog­gled read­ing the fea­ture about his ex­ploits, on page 66.

Jor­net is a once-in-a-life­time phe­nom­e­non, who grew up in a moun­tain hut in the Pyre­nees and scaled his first peak at the age of three. But de­spite his in­cred­i­ble abil­ity he comes across as a hum­ble man whose achieve­ments stem from a deep love of the moun­tains that have had such a for­ma­tive role in his life. It’s hard not to be in­spired – not to ac­tu­ally peg it up the world’s tallest moun­tain (that would be push­ing it a bit) – but to sign up for a moun­tain race, ex­plore a new trail or sim­ply run to the top of the near­est big hill and take the time to en­joy the view.

Else­where, never let it be said we in RW are not pre­pared to wres­tle with life’s weight­i­est ques­tions – such as ex­actly what is the best cake for run­ners (find out the an­swer on page 54). And while we’re at the height of bar­be­cue sea­son, we bring you a burger ex­trav­a­ganza on page 39. Best to put the clean-eating regime on hold for the next few weeks.

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