Rewards and (possible) award
It has been nice to be able to provide copies of ‘It’s a hill, get over it’ as ‘rewards’ recently. This weekend the winners of the Chew Valley 10k both received a signed copy of the book along with their other goodies. This came about for two reasons. One was because one of the main organisers is Denise Mellersh, who was one of the first athletes I coached at the club. The other was because the Chew course is notoriously NOT flat, as it includes Coley Hill. Despite the tough course the winners both had what Denise described as ‘none-too-shabby’ times: Nathan Young finishing in 33-05, and Lucy Macallister doing 37-28.
Ten days or so earlier Trail Running magazine had setup a competition to win a copy of the book on their website. This was arranged with Claire Maxted, editor of the magazine, and has a pretty easy entry standard! Go to the Trail Running website to enter (closes on 10th July). Obviously these are both indirect adverts for the book, and one has no way of knowing if any sales result, but I did feel they were worth doing. I hope the race and competition winners enjoy the read.
But the really good news is that the book has been shortlisted for an award. It was nominated for the Lakeland Book of the Year award. The initial nomination list of 60 books has been whittled down to a shortlist of 20, of which mine is one. An announcement was made in the Westmorland Gazette, explaining that there are 5 seperate categories to the award. I hope to be able to attend the award luncheon, which is in Glenridding on 15 July (some smart work juggling permitting). Obviously I am super chuffed to be shortlisted, but am trying not to let the excitement detract from my work on the manuscript of a second book, which I have now started researching.