I currently go to YouTube for two reasons. While the first is to rekindle my love with music, specifically 90s dance, my favourite bands from the same decade and French bands from the early 2000s, the second is to feed my current obsession – Trail Running – and once race in particular, the North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail .
Taking place every year in the Dolomites, Italy, everything about this 119km race speaks to my soul. The scenery is breath-taking, it includes climbs of up to 5,850m and most importantly, it takes place not very far from where my family comes from. Indeed, there is a picture on the mantelpiece in the lounge of my parent’s home taken in the mountains just outside Cortina, the town where the race starts. It is of my mother smiling, aged around 28, holding my slug-like brother, when he was about 10 months. You see we used to go to the mountains every few years when I was a child to visit our Italian family. And every time I look at it, I’m reminded how beautiful the Dolomites are. Now as an adult, I want to experience the trails of these mountains and explore the paths of my ancestors.
It’s not just the trails of Italy that I want to tread – since training for the Marathon des Sables I have fallen head-over-heels in love with wild running. Adventurous, challenging and unpredictable, your eyes are opened to the beauty of the countryside via the trails. You have an idea of where the route will take you but can never predict what you’re going to encounter on your way. It’s a feeling of being at one with nature and exploring what the world has to offer on foot.
And if you’re not quite sure what I’m banging on about or want to find out more about the romantic pull of the trails, head to the Trails In Motion tour in London hosted by the inspiration Like The Wind team.
Taking place from 7pm on Thursday 2 July at the Shooting Star pub in Central London, this is your opportunity to watch a range of short films including Just Keep Running with Ruby Muir, An Idea by Xaver Walser, Why We Run featuring Bernd Heinrich and Finding Traction, the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball’s quest to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail.
Tickets are £15 and include a free drink.
To find out more and book a ticket, go to trailsinmotionlondon.eventbrite.co.uk