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Bowness book club is back!

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The Book Club is back for a new season. And we are very pleased that our first guest author will be Steve Chilton, a leading figure in the world of fell-running.

Steve is a runner, writer and cartographer, and a 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 Fell Runners Association (FRA) and he has run in many of the classic fell races, as well as mountain marathons, and has also completed the Cuillin Traverse.

Steve Chilton

His books tell the story of fell-running, particularly in the Lakes, over many years. It’s a hill, get over it is a detailed history of the sport and tells the stories of some of the great exponents of the sport through the ages. Many of them achieved greatness while still working full time in traditional jobs, a million miles away from the professionalism of other branches of athletics nowadays. The book covers the early days of the sport, right through to it going global with World Championships.

The Round is a history of the Bob Graham Round, the 42 summits in 24 hours fell endurance challenge, and tells how it developed from a more-or-less idle challenge to its present status as a rite of passage for ultra runners. There’s extensive profiles of many of the event’s most significant individuals, innovators, record setters, recorders and supporters.

Running Hard is the story of one brilliant season in 1983 when the sport was dominated by the two huge talents of John Wild and Kenny Stuart. And 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 Lake District, describing its people, their character and their lifestyle, into which fellrunning is so woven.

Steve’s most recent book, Voices from the Hills is about the pioneering women fell and mountain runners, and the barriers they encountered as they fought to participate in the early days of what was then a male-dominated sport. The foreword to this one was written by the ultra-distance running legend, Jasmin Paris.

Steve will be our guest on Thursday March 7, at the new time of 10.30 am. We are doing a trial to see if a morning session might be more convenient for you book lovers. Steve will talk about his life as a published author, “with a few anecdotes about things that went well and that didn’t necessarily do so”, and discuss some of the issues women faced that he writes about in Voices from the Hills. He will be happy to answer any questions, and his books will be for sale.

Our book club had a really successful season last year when we had visits from a range of delightful and talented writers, from poets to crime writers, romantic novelists and adventurers. There’s no need to join, no fee, and no expectation to read a particular book each month. If you like books, and like meeting writers, just come along. You will be very welcome.

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