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The Running Charity is helping to put together an illustrated book that tells the story of why people run. It will feature up to 100 individual stories covering the huge diversity of reasons and experiences. They are looking for people to send us their stories. Please consider this an invitation! All profits will be given to the charity.

The producers of the book – Jerry Lockspeiser, a writer and long distance club runner, and Andrew Roberts, a middle distance club runner – would like to hear from runners of all ages, genders, backgrounds, shapes, sizes, and speeds. No one is too slow, or too fast. No one runs too little, or too much. Fun runner or marathoner – they want to hear from you all.

What should you write?
Anything special to you associated with running. This might be why you run, about the first time you ran, achieving a specific target, people you run with, a place, race or event that is special to you – or a hundred other things that stand out in some way. Proud successes and heroic failures.

Your story can be as short as you like and up to 1000 words. That is from a paragraph up to about 3 pages. The charity cannot promise to use every submission, but if your story is selected, they will be in touch.

Please send your story as soon as possible – and a photo if you can – to Jerry at by June 29 latest.

The book will also have a section on the things new runners most need to know. What do you wish you had been told when you started running? No holds barred on this one! Whether you are submitting a story or not, please email those by Monday June 29 too

100% of the profit from sales of the book will go to The Running Charity – a brilliant team who deliver running and fitness programmes to homeless young people. –

Please pass the baton by sharing this with other runners so we can hear their stories too.