Trail Running (UK) - - Start Line -

SOME­TIMES things have a way of fall­ing into place. For this is­sue I was lucky enough to run with For­mula 1 ace Mark Web­ber to chat to him about his new cloth­ing range, Aussie Grit (Gear Change, p58). This guy cer­tainly has a few sto­ries to tell, which got me think­ing. Our trails of­ten have fas­ci­nat­ing tales as­so­ci­ated with them, which is why we sent Paul Hal­ford to cruise along the banks of Lon­don’s Re­gent’s Canal for the fea­ture on p48. Trans­port his­tory, the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, mod­ern day ar­chi­tec­ture – it had it all and more. We also ex­plore the Heart of Wales train line – an­other run with plenty to get you talk­ing about – and fi­nally, we headed out along a smuggler’s route made into the won­der­ful novel by Daphne du Mau­rier, Ja­maica Inn. Trails with tales in­deed. And that’s not even count­ing our DIY ad­ven­ture on Scot­land’s Cowal Way on p38; that’s a run to get the tongues wag­ging. Speak­ing of wag­ging, turn to p54 to learn all about the emerg­ing sport of Cani­cross, where com­peti­tors run routes with their dogs. It was just too good to be true – trails with a dif­fer­ent kind of tail.

To com­plete the pic­ture, we’ve also got some great runs through Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties to en­joy. Real his­tory and amaz­ing views amid care­fully con­served coun­try­side. Try a few this sum­mer, they’re bril­liant.

But wher­ever you run, have fun on the trails!

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