IT was a successful night at the O2 in London last Friday (April 22) for Redditch runner and author, Doug Richards when his book ‘Running Hot & Cold’ won the Silver trophy in the ‘Best Book’ category at the prestigious 2016 Running Awards.
The Awards, which celebrate the best in running culture, were decided by public vote with over 90,000 votes recorded.
“I was delighted to have made the shortlist of 12 with my first book,” said Doug, “so to come away with a trophy was just a fantastic surprise.
he overall winner was parkrun’s own book and they are a national phenomenon who have changed the lives of thousands for the better, including my own, and it is a privilege to be ranked alongside them,” he added.
‘Running Hot & Cold’ is the story of Doug’s belated introduction to running and his subsequent adventures around the world in places as extreme as the Sahara and Gobi Deserts, Siberia and the ice-cap of the Arctic Circle. It also documents how running has helped him through some of the more challenging episodes in his life, including bouts of anxiety and depression.
Doug has recently been appointed as a local Mental Health Ambassador by England Athletics as well as a Run England leader with local running groups.
So pleased are the publishers of ‘Running Hot & Cold’, Pitch Publishing, with the success of the book, they have already invited Doug to begin work on a sequel.
“It was a project I took on when I retired and found I had a bit more time on my hands,” said Doug. “I just never imagined it would be so successful and it is heart-warming to see how it has inspired people of all ages and levels of fitness to take on new challenges.”