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Writing: some more running stuff

A few more short/medium reads for lockdown time. This lot are fell-running related pieces from my blog, a couple of which were published. Click the highlighted links to read. Hope you find something to enjoy.

Do increasing numbers run on fells – to escape the urban environment?
Connections: A Wainwright, B Graham, H Munro – endurance challenges
Thoughts on maps and navigation – an article from Fellrunner [PDF]
Good game. A BGR from the roadside – supporting a friend’s day on t’fells
Peak performance: Jasmin Paris – on her new BGR record [2 PDFs]
Future of fell/mountain running – will the Africans take over?
Men’s fell race records – what are the oldest ones, and who holds them?
Got them navigation blues – some famous fellrunners (on) getting lost
BGR completion rates is 42.2% – a brief analysis of the recent data
Women’s completions for BGR – a follow-up on women’s completion rate

Writing: some running stuff

didireallywritethatIn this difficult time of covid-19 lockdown folk might be looking for something more to read that is not about the virus and my be more positive or point to good times to come. Listed below are links to some of my writing – on running – mostly blog posts, but sometimes published externally:

The dark art of coaching – ‘Like the Wind’ article [PDF]
Memories [of running days] – ‘Like the Wind’ article [PDF]
Chronic fatigue syndrome – 4 case studies (in Fellrunner) [PDF]
An antidote to life’s worries – some challenges [blog]
Coached or uncoachable – thoughts on training [blog]
Dave Wilcock at the World Indoors – only Gold in Portland [blog]
There is no right way to train for a marathon – thoughts [blog]
Anatomy of a training session – group session breakdown [blog]
The marathon, unrelenting beast – Comm Games and Boston ’18 [blog]
A tale of two marathons – coach’s view of 2 marathons [blog]

Running article in Like the Wind magazine #20 – for download


I recently had a piece on my own running published in Like the Wind magazine, and you can now read it via this link : Memories [PDF].

I have been trying to write for different publications for a few years now, and this is the second article to be accepted for Like the Wind. For an feel for some of the other work, see Writing on running.

Other blog posts have my articles from The Fellrunner magazine for download, including most recently:
Short piece on professional fell running, starring Pete Bland;
Conversation with Billy Bland
; and  On the fells and marathons: Dave Cannon. Happy reading.

Writing on running

LtW_8_Cover_finalI was pleased last week to see a piece I wrote some time ago appear in the latest Like the Wind magazine. It is entitled ‘The dark art of coaching’, and is a reflection on some of the characters and issues I have faced in my coaching career. Since writing my first book on running I have been regularly trying to write for other outlets. This is partly, I think, to practice writing for different audiences, but also because I have got the bug, and just love to write – and then (importantly for me) see that writing getting published.

In the last year I have had two other publications accept articles from me. Firstly, The Fellrunner accepted a piece entitled ‘Bob, the navigator’ [read: bobnavigatorfull] in its Spring 2015 issue; and then Trail Running magazine commissioned an edited extract of my second book, which was published as ‘The 24 hours that changed running history’ (not my title!) [read: Steve Chilton BGR] in its Oct/Nov 15 issue. The one aspect that I have been disappointed over is not being able to get anything published in The Guardian’s online ‘Running Blog’ yet, despite submitting what I thought was a good piece entitled ‘Off-road running – an antidote to life’s worries and expensive adventure races’.

It does show that as an author (but not professional journalist) you can find a variety of outlets to publish in. I have yet to try Athletics Weekly or the Daily Telegraph (which is picking up the running baton online now). You could say, why not just be satisfied with your own blog? Even though some stuff goes here, it doesn’t give me the same buzz somehow. The intangible ‘yes’ of acceptance by an outside ‘publication’ is a feeling/reward that I crave.

I have always read a lot. Since trying to write I have probably read even more, and certainly have covered the running books scene pretty well. Are more books on running being published than ever before, or am I maybe just more aware of them? Examples of ones that were published recently include: 2 Hours (Ed Caesar), Runner (Lizzy Hawker), Way of The Runner (Adharanand Finn), and Natural Born Heroes (Christopher McDougall). However, and despite very much enjoying Caesar and Finn, I still would argue that the running oeuvre overall has a way to go to match cycling on the quality writing front.

But maybe some of those that I have noticed that are scheduled for publication this year (or later) will change that. Some good ones to come, are from: Richard Askwith (Today We Die a Little: The Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend, out 21 Apr 2016), Rick Broadbent (Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek, ALSO out 21 Apr 2016), Jonny Muir (next project – due for publication in late 2017/early 2018 – is a book on Scottish hill running and racing with a particular focus on the Charlie Ramsay Round), and myself (an as yet untitled third book, a biography of Kenny Stuart and John Wild, due out March 2017).

Meanwhile, if you want a good running read then blogs are often the place to find it. Some examples I like are those of: Ed Price, Ben Mounsey, Jonny Muir, and Karen Murphy. A good place to find new blog posts is on the FRA Forum thread dedicated to blogs. [If you have a favourite running-related blog DO let me know, via a comment.]

Footnote: A new (old one) one on me, and on my book wish list now, is Pat Butcher’s ‘The Destiny of Ali Mimoun’, which I only knew about after his piece in the latest LTW magazine. And bizarrely, his biog in LTW states that he is ‘currently writing an account of the life of Emil Zatopek’. So, if that comes out it will be three new books on that great athlete. Of course you can always search out a copy of Bob Phillips’ 2002 book, with the excellent title of: ‘Za-to-pek! Za-to-pek! Za-to-pek!’