Running up that Hill

Running up that Hill

The 2nd book from bbc sports reporter Vassos Alexander who shares his new love for trail running and ultras.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was an improvement on his first one. I highly recommend reading this, especially if you are considering making the step up to ultras.

  • Author: Vassos Alexander

  • 1st Published:  2018

  • Pages:  210

  • Reviewed by: Simon Linklater

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I’d been awake since 5.45am having set my alarm early for the Brighton Half Marathon. I had planned for an early night but I was determined to finish this book.

It was nigh on 11pm, which for me is late, when I finally tossed the book on my bedroom floor and simply muttered two words “Great Book”.

I was a little crictical of Vassos Alexander’s first book, Don’t Stop me Now, but I believe this is an improvement and those page fillers are now gone.

Instead of the tales from known athletes and celebrities (#BORING), this time we get to enjoy some fascinating insight from some of the World’s best ultra runners.

This combined with the authors own journey in some of the biggest and most gruelling Ultra Races makes this book a cracking read.

I’m still new to this running lark, but now I’m intrigued, that at some stage I will take to the trails. I realise my phobia of mud (I say phobia, what I really mean is I don’t like getting muddy) will need to be addressed. As will my frustration at stopping at styles or gates and effecting my average pace #GetOverItDickhead.

No-one really cares what our average pace is for a training run. Do they? What’s more impressive is the miles covered and the elevation climbed. So what if along the way we stop off for a selfie with a smiling sheep, or heaven forbid, walk up a steep incline. If you enjoy the run, take in your surroundings and it makes you happy, then surely that’s what it’s all about. I’m slowly becoming a convert and a lot of that comes down to reading this book.

Vassos has definitely inspired me with his amazing achievements. To be able to run over 150 miles in one go. To do 6 hour training runs and to spend a day off, running away the Isle of Wigh,t emphasises his passion for this amazing past time.

I want to be more like Vassos.

South Downs here I come.

When it gets a little less muddy of course.

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Please give it a read. If you can take courage from the challenge and experience Finn took on, then it can only help you improve your running.

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It makes a change to read a book about a non runner and how exercising made her believe in herself and bury her demons.

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