Running Free (2014)

Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature

Running Free by Richard Askwith

Running Free pulls together two of my lifelong passions: running and the English countryside. Part rural memoir, part how-to guide for off-road running, part manifesto for a return to the non-commercial basics of running, it is above all a hymn to the joys of being active in the great outdoors. 

What the critics said:

“A joyous, eloquent and lyrical account of one man’s lifelong love affair with running” Guardian

“Exhilarating” The Times

“Intelligent, evocative, passionate and above all enjoyable” Independent on Sunday

“The most beautifully written book I have read in ages” Evening Standard

“A much needed breath of air” Independent

“Idiosyncratic, enjoyable… never less than compelling” Observer

“An escape from the stopwatch tyranny of PBs and split times, this is a reminder of how to run for sheer joy” Runner’s World

“Wonderful writing” Huffington Post

“Delightful and endearing… a contemplation of the beauty and joy of experiencing the world out there, beyond the tarmac” The Fellrunner

‘It’s the prod you need to make you step off the pavement and into the wild’
Guardian, 28 February, 2014

Watch a 60-second review by Alexandra Heminsley:


Running Free was short-listed for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize for UK Nature and Travel Writing.

Other coverage: 

Read a feature by the author in The Independent introducing the book.

Listen to the author talking to BBC Radio Northampton’s Bernie Keith about Running Free:


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