All or Nothing At All
The Life of Billy Bland
All or Nothing At All is the life story of Billy Bland, fellrunner extrordinaire 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. It is also the story of Borrowdale in the English Lake District, describing its people, their character and their lifestyle, into which fellrunning is unmistakably woven.
Filled with stories of competition and rich in northern humour, All or Nothing At All is testimony to the life spent in the fells by one of their greatest champions, Billy Bland.
‘A pacy jaunt along those muddy trails where Billy Bland set records few people have approached since. Anyone with a love of running will find this an engrossing and enjoyable read.’
-Adharanand Finn, author of Rise of the Ultra Runners
‘Born in the Lake District and moulded by its hills, Billy Bland is a truly fascinating character’
-Jasmin Paris, record breaking ultra-runner
‘A detailed insight into the life of legendary fell runner Billy Bland, a straight talking Cumbrian who thinks as deeply about the environment as he does about running. ’
-Steve Birkinshaw, author of There Is No Map in Hell
‘This tale of fortitude and formidable athleticism transports readers to the heart of the fell running scene. Billy Bland is undisputed king of the fells.’
-Rebecca Robinson, Consultant in sports and exercise medicine
‘An engaging look at the life of running legend Billy Bland of Borrowdale, encyclopaedic on his training, his character, and his wider contribution to life in the Dales.’
-Damian Hall, ultra-runner, author, and outdoor journalist
‘A truly inspirational book that highlights the importance of passion and hard work in achieving goals.’
-Denise Park, Chartered Physiotherapist, internationally recognised for her work with fell/mountain runners