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Jack Denness is the UK Godfather of desert running. He’s the ultra runner you have probably never heard of, a pioneer in the sport at a time when it was so underground, so niche, that soft flasks for race vests were a mere twinkle in the eye of sports companies.
“Do you want to do the Welsh 3000s?” said Imogen. “Yes, why not!” I replied. I soon start to wonder if I actually know what I’m signing myself up for. It’s a run isn’t it? In Wales with some mountains.
Ultra-runners are a diverse breed – our distances range from a bit more than a marathon to hundreds or even thousands of miles. Some of us pick one or two races a year and dedicate our training to them. Others seem to be racing every weekend.
I am in a moment of euphoria. I’m not even thinking about running, it’s just happening. It’s like I’ve stepped outside of my own body and am absorbing every positive vibe from the surrounding mountains.