Tonight, I’m running up to the ‘Atom’, which sits above Wycoller Country Park, through a conservation area of brooding moorland that was once popular with the Bronte sisters, but tonight feels more like it would be a good setting for War of the Worlds or Black Mirror even, especially when the concrete sphere of the Atom looms into view. My imagination is getting its own run-out this evening, as is often the way when strong winds combine with empty fields and dark skies. “We’re near Pendle Hill, where witches used to roam,” says one of our three guides, as if reading my internal monologue. Witches often get a bad rap but I still quicken my pace to make sure I’m not running anywhere near the back.
Rodger was inspired to set up LTR after witnessing the public enthusiasm for the London Olympics in 2012. But even though he’s also a triathlon coach, his focus for LTR was always trail running at an enjoyable pace, and LTR’s ethos is very much the antithesis of race running.
“在过去的10年里，Instagram.那推特而其他社交媒体则推动了个人的自我，“罗杰说。“Every Monday people post photos of their medals [from weekend races] and the culture is very much: ‘What time did you get?’ And not: ‘How many amazing things did you see or how much did you enjoy it?’ I find it quite blinkered. We’re trying to give people another option from doing a competitive race. To help them meet new people, go somewhere they’ve never been and learn something, rather than just being head down and racing.”
这些跑步也有一些不可避免的停止，例如当你等待穿过门或换层或冰冻覆盖的桥。这让您有时间呼吸呼吸，所以您可以运行比通常的时间更长。And it frees you from that frantic both-my-shoelaces-are-untied-but-I-can’t-stop-to-do-them-up-or-I-won’t-make-my-race-target-mindset.
这些群体的社会方面运行是我聊天的几名其他赛道的借鉴。“That shared experience is important,” Rodger says, “because the numbers are small, and we’re on the trail for sometimes over two hours, if you sit down in a pub or café afterwards you should be able to recognise the people you’ve been on the run with. Whereas after a 10k you might not recognise anyone.”
跑步on roads in a city is one thing, but there’s something special about knowing you’re out in the fields, scrambling up stony walls, making eyes at bewildered sheep, while the closest other people are miles away tucked up in their stone cottages with a roaring fire. What’s even better is that we’re not having to worry about getting lost. Rodger estimates the lead guide has to make a direction choice at 150 points during the night’s run. I have no idea how they’re doing that without GPS in the dark, as apart from the sense that we’re heading vaguely uphill, it feels like a maze, with no pattern at all. It’s not a run I’d contemplate going on by myself at night, even if this was my neighbourhood.