Christmas gift guide: Running books

Treat the bookworm in your life to one of these great running reads this Christmas.



Women’s Complete Guide To Running

£12.95 Jeff & Barbara Galloway This book features a range of tips on staying motivated, plus a walk/run plan for beginners and chapters on building endurance, choosing shoes, stretching and strengthening, as well as smart nutrition. Ideal for those just starting out as well as those who want to clock up the miles.  

Born To Run

£9.99 Christopher McDougall This book is about the author’s search to find Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, the world’s greatest distance runners who run for hundreds of miles without pain or injury. The barefoot running tribe stories are combined with scientic information on the benefits of barefoot running. Unique and inspirational.  

Why We Run

£12.99 Robin Harvie Why We Run tells the story of the author, who ran his first marathon after a bet before venturing into ultra distance territory is an interesting account of how his hobby turned into a 120-mile-a-week obsession. Ideal for boosting motivation.  

Running Made Easy

£9.99 Susie Whalley & Lisa Jackson If you know a struggling new runner battling to build their confidence, this book will make an inspirational gift. It features a tried and tested running plan and it’s packed with real-life running stories and sound nutritional advice. Friendly, accessible and welcoming. Printed on gorgeous glossy paper in full colour. £9.99  

Women’s Marathon Training Guide

£7.99 Women’s Running Packed full of top marathon training advice from our expert panel, including Nell McAndrew, Nick Anderson, Phoebe Thomas, Peta Bee and more – this is one guide you can’t afford to be without as you start your marathon training. Avoid injury, run strong and recover well this marathon season!  

Marathon Woman

£11.99 Kathrine Switzer Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 and was almost ejected from the course by an irate race organiser who didn’t believe that women could run marathons. This book tells Kathrine’s story from when she first started running as a young girl to how she championed women’s rights in running and made it possible for us to take part in races. We’ve come a long way. An amazing read.  

The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultra-Running Greatness

£10.99 Pam Reed Ultra running legend and regular WR contributor Pam Reed – two-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon, tells her story and charts her way through her gruelling running training. Pam writes candidly about her childhood and how she started running and how she copes with long distances. Ideal for anyone wanting to take up ultra running, but equally inspirational to those who don’t.  

Online ed’s favourite: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

£6.29 Haruki Murakami Award-winning Japanese author Haruki Murkami doesn’t just write, he also runs marathons and ultra marathons. This is a must-have read for any running enthusiast and I defy you not to find this book impossible to put down. A perfect Christmas gift.  

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