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Voices from the Hills

Pioneering women fell and mountain runners

Steve Chilton

Voices from the Hills by Steve Chilton

Voices from the Hills is the story of the barriers encountered by the first female fell runners who fought to participate in the early days of this male-dominated sport. Despite experiencing discouragement and resistance, these women responded with personal courage and self-confidence. Thanks to them, women now compete at traditional fell races, international mountain races and endurance challenges such as the Bob Graham Round in increasing numbers.

Told predominantly through interviews with pioneering female athletes who recount their lives and running careers, this is the story of a fight for equality of opportunity and reward.

RRP: £24.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781914518195
Publication Date: 20/04/2023
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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...


‘A thorough, sensitive and valuable account of trail-blazing women in the hills.’

Rachel Hewitt, author of In Her Nature

‘A valuable and detailed record of the women who broke through the barriers.’

Katie Holmes, Independent Sports Historian

‘A must read for anyone with a passion for women's equality and sport.’

Sue Anstiss, author of Game On

‘A joyous and inspirational read.’

Madelaine Watson, first female Chair of the Fell Runners Association