World's Ultimate Running Races
500 races, 101 countries – this guide to the World’s Ultimate Running Races is big, comprehensive, and beautifully and thoughtfully put together by one of the UK’s top mountain and fell runners, Angela Mudge…
Guide books are big business these days. But however good the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide series are, they cannot really replace that feeling of first hand experience – though they are a good companion when on your travels.
So, when Jethro Lennox kindly sent me a copy of this Harper Collins publication last month I was hoping my previous trepidations would be upended and the WURR book would change my views for good!
First things first. A book that has been crafted by Mudge (one of the most travelled of all current UK mountain runners) would immediately command respect amongst the running fraternity. But what makes this book stand out is that it is compiled in a way that would appeal to those who may well have never heard of Mudge and her global running exploits. This is a coffee table book, and at over 500 pages your coffee table would need to be pretty hefty too.
With contributions from the likes of 6-time World Mountain Running Champ Jonathan Wyatt. Mara Yamauchi, Hugh Jones and Kilian Jornet, the book takes the reader on a journey through every Continent, and across all running disciplines from 10km road runs, to XC races, from ultra trail races to tower running races and from the Everest Marathon to the Marathon des Sables.
So comprehensive is this book that there are races in here that you may not heard of previously and many that you may have on your ‘wish list’. Easy to read, easy to use and most importantly engrossing. If you are a runner and want to broaden your competitive horizons you need this book on your shelf!
Out now via Amazon and all good book stockists.