Visitors and residents alike must have been moved and inspired in equal measure by the speed, courage and sheer persistence of competitors in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday (24 April). Following 30,000 others around the capital on marathon day is one thing but for the rest of the year you need the Runner’s Guide to London.
Runner’s Guide to London has 300 pages of maps, photos, transport information, training tips and more. There are over 120 of London’s best runs featured in all of London’s boroughs, along with race details and interviews with athletes Scott Overall and Julia Bleasdale, plus parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.
Hayden Shearman is a 35-year-old New Zealander with a passion for running, an eye for accuracy and a talent for getting his message across in a succinct yet still engaging fashion. He lived in the capital and ran with Kent AC in London Olympic year, while researching routes for this remarkably informative book.
Shearman is an athlete with bests for 5k (15:26); 10k (32:40); half marathon (1:12) and marathon (2:39) – although he describes the latter as, 'still work in progress'. He first discovered his love of running when aged 15 on the trails of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
The Runner’s Guide is paperback, illustrated in colour with clear mapping and is more backpack or glove box than pocket sized. It is probably best used with GPS back-up for any tricky linking sections and it would be equally useful to keen walkers as a motivational tool to try somewhere different.
So whether you work or live in London get off the sun lounger, get your trainers on and get active with the help of The Runner’s Guide. You won’t regret it.
Full details are available here