The low­down on skyrun­ning

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What is skyrun­ning?

Founded in the Nineties, it is “run­ning in the moun­tains above 2,000m al­ti­tude where the climb­ing dif­fi­culty does not ex­ceed II° grade and the in­cline is over 30 per cent”. Races vary from 5km steep as­cents to 100km ul­tra­ma­rathons. In Jon Al­bon’s words: “You might have to hike, climb, scram­ble, run, what­ever you can to get up there.”

What is ob­sta­cle­course rac­ing?

Par­tic­i­pants must ne­go­ti­ate nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles from mud crawl­ing to rope swing­ing to wall climb­ing on a set course. Pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­ate races, with Spar­tan and Tough Mud­der among the largest. Al­bon: “It’s like get­ting dragged through a bush back­wards and some­one is hit­ting you with a stick. You feel like you’ve been beaten up.”

$1mil­lion bonus

Spar­tan will re­ward any­one who wins its three ma­jor events in 2018. Al­bon has to win in Ice­land and com­plete 10 miles.

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