TrailRunMag 06.07.2011

I’m a journo. I love story. And I love the power that one story has to elicit another. And let’s face it, ballbag rub is funny. As long as it’s not happening to you mid 100kayer. So for all those who read Simon Madden’s little muse on testicular aggravation and empathised, check out a viable, pragmatic solution from Simon Clendon, of Auckland, NZ, who writes in after reading Simon’s column in Trail Run Mag Ed #1:

“Here’s a small story about chafing and a solution that may not have occurred to the erstwhile readers of this great new mag. The scene is set on a very long run over a very long time. All was going well for many hours but then a downpour struck the course. Wet running gear is one of the leading causes of chafing and this rain sure was heavy. Said runner started complaining of, how did Simon describe it?, scrotumus frictionus hurtum. Various suggestions were made – vaseline, dry undies (from where?), sock stuffing…all to no avail. That’s when a female member of the party came up with the ultimate solution – a wingless Libra pad. Once this was in place the chafing was conquered and the runnner was a very happy chappie indeed. So, slip one of these pads in your handbag, er, hydration pack and you will always be prepared.”

So, to the makers of Libra sanitary products, feel free to advertise in Trail Run Mag – we’ve got a red hot market of male runner just aching to use your product.

To our (male) trail running readers, only one question remains: will that be standard or maxi?*

*To our female readers I apologise for the boy humour. I tried to resist, honest…