Runner’s World UK – October 2023
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Welcome at Runner’s World UK Magazine October 2023 Issue
WE RUNNERS APPRECIATE better than most the enduring wisdom of the Chinese proverb, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step.’ We know from experience that the loftiest goals edge ever closer if we can just take that first step, maintain belief and simply keep putting one foot in front of the other. Doing so can take us to places as seemingly out of reach as the finish line of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. And as the world’s most iconic trail race turns 20 this month, we celebrate its history and its finishers on p32.
Kenyan marathoner Evans Chebet also shows just how far persevering with the journey can take you. As a scrawny 19-year-old loitering outside the gates of a Kenyan training camp to tag along with elite training groups, and through years of agonisingly missing out on the top spot in major races, he kept faith until he won back-to-back Boston Marathons. We speak to him, and discover the unbreakable spirit that has powered his journey, on p48.
For members of the 1,000 Mile Club in California’s notorious San Quentin prison, who we meet in our feature on p58, their running journeys play a key role in far greater life journeys, helping them to move from the very darkest places to points of personal redemption they couldn’t have imagined before taking that first step.
All our journeys – in life and running – are unique, but one great thing about our sport is it shows us there are few limits to where we can reach.