Robbie Britton is a British twenty-four-hour runner and coach who has raced from 3,000 metres up to 261 kilometres in one single day, covered a marathon in 2:29 and raced the UTMB, Spartathlon and a whole host of other road, mountain and ultra-races along the way. He loves to race and to help others enjoy the same experience through his coaching.
A popular magazine and website writer, Robbie has written for Runner’s World, Trail Running, Men’s Running and The Guardian, amongst others, and he brought his extensive knowledge together to create the jam-packed book 1001 Running Tips.
Robbie has pulled together this fantastic collection of books to help you find the perfect gifts for the runners in your life this Christmas:
You might have expected these book recommendations to have been about running, but when it comes to reading it’s the mountaineers and adventurers I enjoy and relate to the most. Authors like Joe Tasker and Alf Bonnevie Bryn make me want to go on an adventure, feeling their own desire to escape the confines of a normal life to their favourite playgrounds in the outdoors. Then through the words of John Porter and Bernadette McDonald you get an insight into pioneers in their sport, Voytek Kurtyka, Alex MacIntyre and a host of other intrepid souls who weren’t tied by the contrasts of tradition or society’s expectations.
Lastly, The Bond, for me, gives an insight into what happens when you give yourself no choice but to go forwards. What’s possible, but also the cost, of going to your limits. Knowing full well I would almost certainly perish down a big crevasse, I’m an avid armchair mountaineer and through these books I take inspiration for the adventures in my own sport.