Competition: WIN a copy of Wild Running

Get off the tarmac and into some of the UK’s most glorious wild places with new trail book Wild Running. I’ve got five copies to give away, to get you inspired to lace up your trainers and go exploring.



Stuck in a bit of a 5k-round-the-park rut? You need this book. Wild Running (£16.99) is essentially a guide to how to jog through some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes, with over 150 runs listed. All of the trails are beautifully presented and graded by difficulty, so you can dip in and find one near you to suit your ability. If you’re still a bit of a trail running newb like me there are lovely long runs for Sunday afternoons, whilst seasoned pros can plan harcore adventures or find cool new routes to explore. The book’s also packed with gorgeous photography, informative OS maps and terrain data, plus GPX downloads so that you can take trail guides with you on your phone.

Wild Running is published by Wild Things Publishing, makers of the awesome Wild Swimming books, so you know it’s going to be pretty ace. Be warned, though – you’ll get wanderlust for all those mountain, forest and coast paths as yet untrodden.

HOW TO ENTER: This competition is now closed. The winners, chosen at random, are Katie S, Martin Williams, Vikki R, Lisa Pratt and James Mackeddie. Congratulations!



  1. Vikki R
    September 15, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    My favourite place to go running is Swinley Forest in Bracknell. I’ve run in lots of prettier places but this is local and safe and really I don’t have the confidence to go anywhere else on a regular basis.

    P.S. I’ve liked your facebook page too 🙂

  2. September 16, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Hi 🙂 my favourite place to run is near me in Greno woods, it’s ancient woodland on the edge of Sheffield, I hate running when it is warm and sunny so the woods are perfect and as a bonus it is also a great place to walk the dog.

    Also liked your FB page – has some great stuff on it!

  3. kim baines
    September 17, 2014 / 10:32 am

    The coastal path on the Military Road on the Isle of Wight. This summers favourite run. Nothing like a sea view. Liked the FB page too! thanks

  4. Martin Williams
    September 17, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I like to run along southend Seafront from Old Leigh to Shoeburryness. The fresh sea air is invigorating and after all that hard work there is doughnuts

  5. Abby
    September 19, 2014 / 11:26 am

    Hi! This looks fantastic, especially if it’s anything like the wild swimming books. Would love to give some of the runs a try, especially whilst training for an upcoming half marathon. My favourite place to go running is through the Ionian Islands in Greece, particularly the smaller ones such as Meganisi. Incredible views, tiny local villages, huge hills for a challenge and the fresh sea air is unbeatable! Would be fantastic to be able to get out of London and discover some wild running in the UK too on weekends away! Abby x 🙂

  6. James mackeddie
    September 22, 2014 / 5:18 am

    I would have to say CatBells and DaleHead looking over Derwent Water in the Lake Dostrict. It’s by no means a hard run, nor the remotest. However on a clear day you can see most of the Lakeland Fells and it has great

    Alas I live near Milton Keynes, so any of the lakes in the area are good for an evening run when time is short.

    And yes, I’m a Facebook fan 🙂

  7. Lisa Pratt
    September 22, 2014 / 6:37 am

    My favourite place to go running is Ampthill park in Bedfordshire !

    The reason for this is because I can escape from the traffic of cars and crowds of people and explore the park which I have known for many years. Each time I go I am still surprised at how beautiful it is and I appreciate the simple things that make running so special.

    Although, I find this hard to do in London and now I am living in Stratford. Really need some inspiration as I have entered myself into the ballot for the London marathon next year!

  8. misswheezy
    September 24, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Great giveaway! I love running in different places- following the same route too much gets boring and I always love turning a corner and seeing something amazing. I had an awesome “racecation” in Geneva, and a lovely run around Wimpole National Trust Estate in Hertfordshire.

    Bushy Park is another favourite, and now I live in London there’s definitely something about following the Thames Path past all of the iconic landmarks too! 🙂

    PS. I’m a FB fan!

  9. September 24, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Caesar’s Camp, near Aldershot in Hampshire. It’s one of those horrible bits of army land that undulates like it’s going out of fashion (right next to where they do the annual Grim run in December).

    Despite being near Aldershot, it’s actually a beautiful bit of land and the views from the top of the main hill are stunning.

    One recommendation: would suggest getting a good lay of the land before venturing off too far. A recent 5k trail run went awry the other week after I became a little too curious and ended up being out for 3 hours.

    I’m not even joking.

  10. Katie S
    September 26, 2014 / 10:50 am

    I love running in the woods near my dad’s house in the south Lakes – I take the dog, set off on the main path then veer off on one of the many deer tracks and get completely lost! There’s rarely anyone else around and it’s lovely to experience the peace and (relative) quiet of the woods, plus the dog is always delighted to have someone to properly play with. He’s much faster than me of course though and has way better stamina…

    No idea on distance – not even sure how long I’m out for – it’s just an excuse to lose myself (literally and figuratively) for a while.

    And what a lovely FB page you have 😉

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