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All or Nothing At All

The Life of Billy Bland

Steve Chilton

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. 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.

RRP: £19.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913207229
Publication Date: 20/08/2020
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Steve Chilton
Steve Chilton is a committed runner and qualified athletics coach with considerable experience of fell running and a marathon personal best of 2-34-53. He is a long-time member of the...


‘This book has inspired me to get my fell running shoes back on... A cracking read that I would recommend to anybody who is passionate about fell running and its history!’

Compass Sport

‘Filled with stories of competition and rich in northern humour.’

Cumbria Magazine

‘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

‘An excellent book about an extraordinary fell runner.’

Old Man in Tights blog