HAVING BEEN A RUNNER for over a decade, and lived in the same city and run the same routes for all that time, I feel I have to work a bit harder to find inspiration and fulfilment as the years pass. Our goal in this Adventure Issue of RW is to inspire you to seek out new experiences and add fun and challenge to your running.
When we think of adventure, we tend to think of far-flung places, and we certainly tick those off this month. On page 46, our reporter is surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps, but does not have the energy to appreciate it as he battles the world’s longest stair race. Or if desert is more your thing, check out our feature on the beautiful but brutal Marathon des Sables Peru on page 54.
But we also wanted to show that you don’t need to go far to enjoy a running escapade – all you need is a shift in mindset. Our feature on page 30 shows you how you can create your own running adventure on the streets of your hometown – whether it’s racing buses or ticking off historical landmarks on the move.
We were so inspired by this DIY ethos that we created our own event on our doorstep – the London Peaks Relay, in which a group of like-minded friends were tasked with running 150 miles to the highest point in each of the capital’s boroughs in less than 24 hours. Read all about it on page 36, and then get planning your own adventure. The only limit is your imagination.