4 races that demand more from your core

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Although the distances vary, the landscapes are vast and the challenges unique, the one thing that unites these four RW race picks is the demand for unstoppable core strength. Crucial for torso stability, stride efficiency and acceleration, your abs should never be overlooked when training for a race.

“Having a strong core will aid all elements of fitness, including balance, agility and power,” says PT Adrienne Herbert. Try using Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to engage your core from every angle and build strength from the inside out – as recommended by PT Martin Sutcliffe. Try this abs workout from Sutcliffe and Men’s Health Commissioning Editor Dean Stattmann, which incorporates wearable EMS technology from Slendertone, to prep yourself for even the toughest trail.

Midnight Sun Marathon, Norway

Get your carbs in at breakfast, schedule an afternoon siesta and line up at the start line of this scenic marathon for a midnight kick-off. The sun never sets on the course of the world’s most northernmost marathon. Pack your thermals because although this marathon takes place in the early summer, it’s rather frosty up there. The ultimate test of both mental and physical endurance, you’ll need all your strength to make it through the early hours of the morning.

The Empire State Building Run-Up

Up, up, up. That’s the only direction that matters in this 1,576 stair sprint up Manhattan’s mammoth skyscraper. The time to beat is 9 minutes and 33 seconds – and you can guarantee the record holder relied on every layer of abdominal muscle to generate maximum plyometric power with every step.

City to Surf, Sydney

Eight miles disappears in the blink of an eye as you wind through Sydney’s picturesque suburbs and sprint to the finish on Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. The one part that won’t go so quickly is Heartbreak Hill right slam in the middle of the race – brace your core and lean into the gradient.

Cape Wrath Challenge, Scotland

The 26.2 mile Cape Wrath race course winds along Britain’s most exposed coastal path, making the windy conditions an extra challenge for the seasoned runner. The ideal training includes running in a wind tunnel. Failing that, hit your abs hard – they’ll be your biggest supporter when the going gets tough.