Archive | December 2017

Billy Bland: fell legend

Billy B at Moot Hall2Billy Bland, one of the most prominent fell runners in the history of the sport and now into the 36th year as the holder of the Bob Graham Round record, will join me for an evening to answer your questions. The evening will be unscripted, and a chance to interact with the Borrowdale fell legend. It will be introduced, and compered, by myself (and hosted by Due North Events). Billy has specifically asked for maximum audience participation. He is known for training and racing hard, and for having an opinion or two! So, think what you would like to ask him, and bring your questions along and be part of what should be a fascinating evening.

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7pm.
Venue: Skiddaw Hotel, 29 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BN

Tickets: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=4186

Bonus: my three fell running books will be on sale on the night, including ‘The Round: in Bob Graham’s footsteps’. There may even be some signing by both of us!

Books: ideal Christmas pressies!

Just a reminder about my three books, which all would make great pressies for the runner in your lives, with a brief description of what they are about.

Its-a-hill-get-over-it-FRONTIt’s a hill, get over it is a detailed history of the sport of fell running. It also tells the stories of some of the great exponents of the sport through the ages. Many of them achieved greatness whilst still working full time in traditional jobs, a million miles away from the professionalism of other branches of athletics nowadays.
[Me talking about it: https://youtu.be/8BWWA3z2QrI]

The Round front coverThe Round: in Bob Graham’s footsteps is a history of the Bob Graham Round, but also an exploration of the what, why and how of this classic fell endurance challenge. After covering the genesis of the BGR in detail, it documents its development from a more-or-less idle challenge to its present status as a rite of passage for endurance runners. [Read an extract: The 24 hours that changed running history]

running-hard-front-cover-proof-2016-oct-21Running Hard: the story of a rivalry describes one brilliant season in 1983, when fell running was dominated by the huge talents of John Wild and Kenny Stuart. Wild was an incomer to the sport from road running and track. Stuart was born to the fells, but an outcast because of his move from professional to amateur. Together they destroyed many race records, only determining who was top by a few seconds in the last race of the season. The book is the story of that season, and an inside, intimate look at the two men. [Talking with John Wild about the book: https://youtu.be/LjbiwhcMRHY]

In all cases they are available from good bookshops (try Waterstones), and from Amazon (where you can ‘Look Inside’ each of them for a flavour of the contents).

…. and if you want other book recommendations from me, see: earlier blog