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'Although running is inherently cheap and can be done in whatever you have to hand, getting a decent pair of shoes is one of the few areas you shouldn’t skimp or choose poorly.' -Mark Atkinson, Run Like Duck

While there are plenty of runners who love having the latest running gear, it can be difficult to know what they need, what they already have, and whether they'll actually use those jazzy shoes you've seen online. Here are our top book recommendations for the runner in your life.

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The Mountains are Calling by Jonny Muir

This William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlistee is a must-read for anyone who loves getting out into the Scottish mountains for a run.


All or Nothing at All by Steve Chilton

All or Nothing At All is the life story of Billy Bland, fellrunner extraordinaire and holder of many records including that of the Bob Graham Round until it was broken by the foreword author of this book, Kilian Jornet. Steve Chilton's books are unbeatable for those interested in technical biographies of exceptional hill runners.

Ducking Long Way by Mark Atkinson

Award-winning Run Like Duck author Mark Atkinson is back! This book is perfect for the runner in your life who has been threatening to give ultra running a try. With plenty of humour and advice, Mark invites readers to join him for a beer at mile thirty as he pushes himself as far as he can while still running for the sheer joy of it.

Bump, Bike and Baby by Moire O'Sullivan

In her William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlisted book, Moire O’Sullivan charts her journey from happy, carefree mountain runner to reluctant, stay-at-home mother of two. With her sights set on winning Ireland’s National Adventure Racing Series, she manages to maintain her post-natal sanity, and slowly learns to become a loving and occasionally functioning mum.

Downhill From Here by Gavin Boyter

‘A real triumph, written with wit and personal depth.’ -Sunday Mail

For the runner who has, after a beer or two, suggested they might fancy running from John O’Groats to Land’s End at some point. Downhill From Here might just be the push they need to get organised and go (or it might put them off entirely)!

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Gavin Boyter

Gavin Boyter

Steve Chilton

Steve Chilton

Moire O'Sullivan

Moire O'Sullivan

Jonny Muir

Jonny Muir