Archive | February 2021

Fell running books

Where can you get hold of my books?
The latest one, Fell and Mountain Running: through the eye of a lens has until recently only been available from the authors. But now it is available from four independent sources, as detailed below.
(Click for book link):
Bookends (Keswick)
Sam Read’s Bookshop (Grasmere)
Fred Holdsworth’s Bookshop (Ambleside)
Pete Bland Sports (Kendal)

All my other four books are all available too, and may be found at any of those outlets listed above, plus many more good shops and online services. Just a reminder about each book and what they are about.

All or nothing at all: the life of Billy Bland – is the life story of Billy Bland, fellrunner extrordinaire and holder of many records including that of the Bob Graham Round until it was broken by the foreword author of this book, Kilian Jornet. It is also the story of Borrowdale in the English Lake District, describing its people, their character and their lifestyle, into which fellrunning is unmistakably woven. Filled with stories of competition and rich in northern humour, All or Nothing At All is testimony to the life spent in the fells by one of their greatest champions, Billy Bland.

A recent review: Fantastic read for anybody remotely interested in running. This book brings you totally inside the world of fell running and the great people that compete to win.

Running Hard: the story of a rivalry – For one brilliant season in 1983 the sport of fell running was dominated by the two 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 amateur to professional and back again. Together they destroyed the record book, only determining who was top by a few seconds in the last race of the season. Running Hard is the story of that season, and an inside, intimate look at the two men.

A recent review: A riveting read that takes you inside the world of Fell Running’s royalty.

The Round: in Bob Graham’s footstepsThe Round is not only 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. Interspersed with this detail of the round are extensive profiles of many of the event s most significant individuals: innovators, record setters, recorders and supporters. Some links to resources for potential BGR completers are included.
A recent review: The story of the iconic Bob Graham Round. Excellent history of the BGR and fell running in general.

It’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. The book covers the early days of the sport, right through to it going global with World Championships. Along the way it profiles influential athletes such as Fred Reeves, Bill Teasdale, Kenny Stuart, Joss Naylor, and Billy and Gavin Bland. It gives background to the athletes including their upbringing, introduction to the sport, training, working life, records and achievements.
A recent review: I would recommend this to all who are Interested in any form of running, but if you are a fell runner and haven’t read it, get it bought!