Many years ago, while listening to me expressing surprise at how popular Ironmans were becoming, a wise old triathlete said to me ‘Ironmans are the new marathons’. Well, now it’s time for me to impart some old triathlete wisdom to you – trail runs are the new Ironmans.
I say this with some authority because as I type this, I have just finished a trail run called the Warwickshire Bear Ultra, a 40-miler between Rugby and Leamington (and back). A distance that’s small beer in the trail world, but more than enough to leave my body in a clenched, sweaty heap at the finish. However, it’s not my presence that marks this sort of thing out as the latest fashion in endurance torture, it’s the fact that it was choc-a-bloc with other triathletes, all immediately recognisable by their compression socks, Headsweats caps and ‘bestrace-I’ve-ever-done’ T-shirts (I opted for a frayed 2006 Ironman Canada hat and ‘Jurassic Coast Challenge’ top – designed to convey athletic toughness I don’t possess).
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