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Running Free

A Runner's Journey Back to Nature

Richard Askwith


This book is the follow up to the hugely popular Feet in the Clouds.

Running through muddy fields and up rocky fells, running with his dog at dawn, running because he’s being chased by a pack of bloodhounds, running to get hopelessly, enjoyably lost, running fast for the sheer thrill of it.

This is how Richard Askwith likes to run – leaving his days of pounding the pavements and obsessing about splits, PBs and extreme challenges happily in the past. Part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part an exploration of why we love to run without limits, Askwith writes eloquently and inspiringly about running through the seasons, observing wildlife and making the most of your surroundings. He is a passionate opponent of the commercialisation of running, and offers practical tips (learned the hard way) on how to get out there, simply and cheaply, and start running – from thawing frozen toes to avoiding a stampede when crossing a field of cows. Running Free is about getting back to the basics of why we love to run.


Yellow Jersey Press



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