We were delighted when Tobias Mews, author of the brand new 50 Races to Run Before You Die (RRP £16.99, Aurum Press), agreed to do a book swap with us. We love nothing better than a good book to inspire our next challenge, and 50 Races delivers inspiration in bucket loads. It’s great-looking and packed with photos of the featured races, all of which Tobias has done. In fact it’s a bit like an extreme Where’s Wally, only you have to spot the author amongst a crowd of other muddied runners on each page. It’s all really well laid-out, with a clear format that introduces each race along with key facts and figures, elevation profile and how Tobias got on. The races are split between three sections: Good for Beginners, Sucker for Punishment and Hard as Nails, so you can make your choice depending upon the level of epic-ness you’re after. There are also plenty of entertaining tales, along with top tips for anyone considering taking part. We found the book thoroughly inspiring and, although we’ve ticked off a few between us already, we’ve added a whole load more to our to-do list too.

You can read all about Tobias on his website, buy his book here or get inspired about races, adventures and kit at Hard as Trails.