We are passionate about all things running: we think it’s the best way to explore and discover wild places. Running is low-cost, sustainable and great for our minds and bodies. We work with several national organisations, including the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts and the Forestry Commission, bringing running and environmentally-conscious adventuring to Britain’s special places. We are gear testers and contributors for Trail Running magazine, columnists for Running Fitness magazine and write for publications including Trail, Country Walking, Adventure Travel and Running Monthly.
Jen Benson is a runner, writer and researcher with an MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine. She’s run over 50 marathons and ultramarathons and has competed in adventure races, mountain marathons and the UK Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlons.
Sim Benson is a runner, mountaineer and environmentalist. He’s a British Exploring Society Ambassador and has competed in a wide range of races from ultramarathons to Ironman triathlons. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the outdoor industry he particularly enjoys trying out new and exciting kit.
For more about us and our adventure writing and photography work visit our website jenandsimbenson.co.uk
Wild Running book
We’ve been running together for many years, travelling the country for races and adventures and discovering great places to run. As keen outdoor sportspeople we were familiar with the vast array of guide books available for climbers, walkers and cyclists, however struggled to find many inspiring guides for fantastic running routes around the country. And so the idea for the book materialised and we found ourselves researching the best routes, taking advice from runners all over the country on the most beautiful, exhilarating and exciting places to run. We were lucky enough to be able to spend 18 months with family in the Peak District, one of our favourite places to run, researching and writing the book. Sim worked as a firefighter and I looked after our daughter and frantically wrote whenever I had the chance. We then went on an amazing road trip, swapping our sensible family car for a pickup truck and packing our lives into the back of it before setting off to visit our shortlist of routes, armed with a camera and some newly-learned photography skills. Our journey to write this book has been enjoyable, exciting, challenging and rewarding, just like a great run should be. We hope you enjoy reading it and getting out on our favourite runs too.
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