We’re passionate about all things running and we think it’s one of the best ways to get outside and experience wonderful wild places. We love sharing the best places to run with others and inspiring people to explore the trails and fells of beautiful Britain.
We’re lucky enough to work with some brilliant national organisations, including the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts and the Forestry Commission, bringing running and adventuring to Britain’s special places. We’re also Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champions and ambassadors for the South West Coast Path Association.
We’re Routes Editors at Trail Running magazine, columnists at Outdoor Fitness magazine and contribute to Runner’s World, Trail and Country Walking magazines. We have also written several other books, including Amazing Family Adventures (National Trust, 2017), Day Walks in Devon (Vertebrate, 2017) and The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Jen Benson is a runner, writer and researcher with an MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine, specialising in distance running. 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, mountain biker, climber and environmentalist. He has a degree in Environmental Earth Science 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.
Our Wild Running story
We’ve been running together for many years, travelling the country for races and adventures and discovering great places to run. As keen outdoor adventurers we were familiar with the vast array of guide books available for climbers, walkers and cyclists, however we 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 and discovering the most beautiful, exhilarating and exciting places to run. We were lucky enough to be able to spend 18 months living in the Peak District, one of our favourite places to run, juggling researching and writing the book with working and looking after our baby daughter. Wanting more time to explore we then spent a year living wild in Britain, camping in the National Parks and really getting to know them. 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 running the routes too.