19th Nov, 2019

Doug's running hot with book on life pounding the road to good health

Ross Crawford 12th Nov, 2018

DOUG Richards, the adventure running pensioner from Redditch, has published a new book entitled ‘Can We Run With You, Grandfather?’

Doug’s first book ‘Running Hot & Cold’, which described how he discovered running fairly late in life, was won the Silver trophy at the 2016 Running Awards in London.

It described how a single one-mile run led to him racing huge distances across the Sahara Desert and the ice-caps of Greenland, among many other world-wide adventures, despite ongoing struggles with mental wellbeing problems.

In the sequel, Doug’s running adventures continue as he fights to achieve a lifetime ambition of running at least a half marathon on all seven continents of the planet before his 70th birthday, a feat achieved by only a few hundred people worldwide.

Doug, who is a regular runner at Arrow Valley parkrun and a run leader and mental health champion for England Athletics, said: “When I retired I was persuaded to write about my running adventures, initially as a memoir for my family.

“A few people read it and suggested I get it published, and it has just been a whirlwind journey since then.

“My publishers, Pitch Publishing, were so pleased with the success of ‘Running Hot & Cold’, they asked me to write a sequel, and now ‘Can We Run With You, Grandfather’ has been published as an ebook and in paperback.”

As well as writing and running Doug also gives illustrated talks on his travels to audiences ranging from primary school children to college students, sports clubs, community groups, charitable organisations and even to prisoners.

“It is a privilege to be able to share my tales with people of all ages and backgrounds, and hopefully inspire them to be more adventurous in their own lives, whatever difficulties they may encounter along the way,” he added.

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