The best time of year to run

Trail Running (UK) - - Races -

We of­ten de­bate ex­actly when is the best time to get out and race. "All the time," I hear you an­swer. Well, yes that's true, but au­tumn and the fab­u­lous events of Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber pro­vide a timely re­minder that re­ally good weather for dis­tance run­ning and great sur­faces are just a race en­try away. And be­cause Septem­ber marked the new school year for all of us, there's some­thing about that month which says we should tackle some­thing new. Af­ter all, there's ev­ery­thing from new TV shows to watch, new cloth­ing ranges to try, new shoes to ex­pe­ri­ence and new chal­lenges to tackle. Much of this is­sue talks about push­ing the bound­aries and set­ting your­self new goals. Of course, that will be dif­fer­ent for every run­ner. Per­son­ally, I'm a marathon run­ner, who un­til re­cently thought I could never run a step fur­ther than 26 miles; but in­spired by both the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of ul­tra events and the con­cept that you should al­ways be ready to try some­thing new, I find my­self in­creas­ingly drawn to try­ing some­thing longer. I think that's what makes trail run­ning so great and allinclu­sive. Peo­ple start with some­thing they find 'im­pos­si­ble' and be­fore they know it are dou­bling or tre­bling that dis­tance. So take a look at the races we've listed over the next few pages and, as ever, don't for­get to tell us about your achieve­ments on Face­book. Paul Hal­ford

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