At this point Richard Askwith’s “Feet in the Clouds” must be a household name and a long representative in every good (running) book collection. But there is a new addition to your “Fell Running” segment in the book shelter – “It’s a hill, get over it!”
I received a press copy of this hardcover a few days ago and just finished it. Straight from the start of this piece I was addicted, hooked and captivated. Fell running and it’s humble exquisiteness is just thrilling. Steve Chilton, fell runner himself, comes up with a well worked out piece about a very distinct and British part of the sport of running.
The long-lasting tradition of a sport that builds his own charisma and shows people the spectacular spaces the British Isles have to offer is all covered and presented in a very direct and revealing fashion. Having raced in the feels and hills myself I can relate to so many written tails. Working Class heros were formed and World Champs where revealed. All by competing up and down the hills. If you never experienced these races yourself you will definitely get more than a notion by reading through this book.
Chilton just begins straight at the start of this sport. He covers the rich history, talks about the renowned races and presents the unique challengers and challenges that are on offer when you talk about “Fell Running”. You might have never heard of names like Sarah Rowell, Jeff Norman or Rob Jebb? This book shows you what it is all about, why this hype is lasting for so long and how many great athletes started their career in this genuine and untainted sport.