Trails of the Un­ex­pected

the amaz­ing Real run­ners do­ing

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up Shoes With Views -

John Ish­er­wood

I am in de­nial about turn­ing 50 this year so de­cided to do the Saun­ders Lake­land Moun­tain Marathon in a bid to raise money for Refugee Com­mu­nity Kitchen. Luck­ily here in mid Wales we have the per­fect train­ing area and lots of undis­cov­ered trails. Here’s daugh­ter Megz on the su­perb Waun-Oer Ridge be­grudg­ingly en­joy­ing the bril­liant views.

Steve Pear­son

The on­set of os­teoarthri­tis is re­lent­less, from a dull toothache-like throb to the grat­ing of bones as the car­ti­lage gives way. But 15-plus years on from re­place­ment hip surgery and I still spend many fan­tas­tic hours run­ning the fells. Re­duced ex­pec­ta­tions? Yes, but I’m out run­ning in the wind, rain, sun and snow.

Claire Pen­dery

As part of my goal to even­tu­ally run 100 marathons as a way to see new places and en­joy the coun­try­side, I un­der­took three marathons in three days with Enigma Run­ning. Cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing two lovely lakes al­lowed for con­tem­pla­tion as well as the chance to spot so many beau­ti­ful birds – geese, swans, heron and coots. Forty-one down, 59 to go!

Dion Leonard

I was thrilled to see my book

Find­ing Gobi in the Sun­day Times Best­sellers’ List. This is my true story of a stray dog that ran along­side me for half of a 250km race through the Chi­nese Gobi Desert. She went miss­ing just be­fore she went into quar­an­tine but even­tu­ally I found her, af­ter a jour­ney that would change both of our lives for­ever.

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