Wild Running – 150 great adventures on the trails and fells of Britain, by Jen & Sim Benson. £16.99
Wild Running is the first UK guidebook for those who love to run and who dream of exploring Britain’s spectacular mountains, forests and coastal trails. Featuring 150 hand-picked runs, chosen for simple navigation and sensational beauty, this book is the ultimate guide for those looking to break free from the gym and the streets.
• Escape the modern world and reconnect with nature
• Rediscover the simple joy of running freely – with exhilaration and without restrictions
• Run at the peak of your ability – take extraordinary challenges in extraordinary places
Stunning photography and engaging writing chart the history of each run, route and place make this a must have guide for runners and explorers alike. Graded from beginner to challenging, including terrain data with safety advice, route maps and directions, accompanied by online 1:50,000 maps and GPX downloads for mobiles.
Inspiring photography accompanies ‘best for’ lists including:
• Shorter runs with easy route finding for beginners
• Fantastic runs in family friendly places – great for days out and holidays
• Sandy beaches to rocky scrambles – the best of Britain’s coastal runs
• Winding woodland and forest trails
• Easy escape routes from the bustle of urban city life
• Really wild routes that offer true escape in the last pockets of wilderness
• And….the must do Wild Races
Jen Benson is a runner, climber and sports clinician whose research focuses on long distance running. She has run over 50 marathons and ultras, with several top 3 finishes to her name. Sim Benson is a runner, mountaineer and environmentalist. Together they have undertaken mountain marathons, multi-day adventure races and wilderness expeditions. They are married and live in Somerset with their daughter Eva, and with a new baby son on the way!
Running4Women – Review of Wild Running
Lots of clear descriptions and great photographs add to the appeal of the routes in this book. There is something for everyone as the guide is broken down into different areas and the runs cover a wide range of distances from Beginner through to the Ultra distance runner. There is information about the history of running in each area, the terrain, what to expect and what to see. There is online support and there are OS maps and downloadable route cards to accompany, plus there are small overview maps of each route in the back for planning.
Running4Women highly recommend this book.
Available from Wild Things Publishing