I’ve never suffered from the loneliness of the long-distance runner. I love escaping on my own, away from all conversation and distraction, for a head-clearing blast along the road or through the park. Solitary, yes, but never lonely. Since last November, however, when I made a trip to Addis Ababa, I’ve begun to wonder whether I might be missing something. You can find out why in today’s Telegraph Travel print section, where we celebrate the carnival known as the Great Ethiopian Run. My piece is online already, but the print section is worth buying, partly to see how our designers, Simon Khalil and Keith Waterfield, have interpreted the headline “Run the world”, and made the most of some great pictures from Dan Vernon. If you’re thinking of combining running with travel, my colleague Jolyon Attwooll has plenty of suggestions on where best to do it.


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