In 2014, Steve Birkinshaw attempted to set a new record for completing a continuous 300-mile circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District. Those in the know thought that Joss Naylor’s record would never be beaten. The person taking on this superhuman challenge would have to be willing to push harder and suffer more than ever before.
Steve was willing to do just that. Published just two months ago with a foreword by Joss Naylor, There is no Map in Hell recounts his preparation, training and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body, and the physiological aftermath of such a feat.
After finishing the Wainwrights I had absolutely no intention of writing a book,’ Steve said. ‘But loads of people kept on asking me about it and genuinely wanted to find out about my story and how I managed to get round the Wainwrights. Eventually I thought it would be nice to have my story published – it would be something I could look back on with pride.
We have teamed up with Vertebrate Publishing to give away three copies of There is no Map in Hell, a book that has been described by outdoor journalist and ultrarunner Damian Hall as...
A wince-inducing insight into what it takes to break epic fell-running records, told with the sort of reluctance and humility that makes Birkinshaw all the more of a hero.
This book combines a gripping story of one man’s determination and passion for running over the fells with an appreciation for nature, kindness and trying your best; appealing to runners, walkers, Lake District lovers and armchair adventurers alike.
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