If you are looking to boost your career, perhaps [14 ACROSS] you need to do is put on a pair of trainers and start jogging.
Once considered a rather solitary pursuit, running [10 ACROSS] in recent years become an increasingly sociable affair.
Aided by social [1 ACROSS] allowing people to [13 DOWN] far more easily, an ever-growing number of running clubs and events are springing up around the world.
And as more people travel overseas for business, or [4 DOWN] abroad, the sport is becoming a popular [19 DOWN] for people to make new contacts around the [12 DOWN], or even secure a new job.
“With running, a lot of people [5 DOWN] it’s something that’s just [2 DOWN] you and yourself, and that’s it, but that’s not actually the [7 DOWN],” says Renan Keraudran.
The 28-year-old Frenchman works in marketing, and often travels [11 DOWN]. When he is working abroad he [16 DOWN] up with a local running club, most recently the Canadian group East Laurier, which is based in Montreal.
“We had a [17 ACROSS] and a beer together, and they [9 DOWN] me to some more people,” says Mr Keraudran.
“You start talking about running, and then you start talking about business, and of course with some people you even get a [8 DOWN] friendship.”
Mr Keraudran was speaking at a windswept beachfront [6 ACROSS] in Barcelona, where more than 100 runners from across Europe were chatting over plates of steaming seafood paella the night before the city’s recent 17,000-participant half [1 DOWN].
[19 ACROSS] global estimates of recreational runners are hard to [15 ACROSS] by, it is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise in many [7 ACROSS].
In England [3 ACROSS] seven million people now run at least [20 ACROSS] a month, while the number of Americans participating in running events quadrupled between 1990 and 2013.
SOURCE: BBC News