Bill shares his passion for running in book
A RUNNER from Coalpit Heath has written about his passion in a book.
Bill Graham has taken part in the London Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, the High Peak Marathon and the Joss Naylor Challenge, he’s competed abroad, he’s done 160 laps of a running track, he’s run through the night; and now he’s put pen to paper and written about his experiences in his book Running on Tired Legs.
Running has always been an activity Bill has enjoyed: he even looked forward to cross country runs at school, but his interest in distance running started in his late twenties at a time when football was his first passion.
He was getting knee pain and his doctor advised running a few times a week, and it wasn’t long before Bill was hooked.
Bill, aged 60, now runs with his regular running partners, his dogs Milligan and Ollie.
Bill said: “I nearly gave up a few years ago after a serious injury but just felt drawn back to it once I recovered.
"My running these days is about enjoyment and not about speed, and I try to do as much off-road as I can.
“The aim of the book is to give advice while hopefully making it an enjoyable read. When I started running I made lots of mistakes and I am hoping that relating my mistakes and failures will enable people to avoid making those same mistakes.
“My favourite part of the book is my struggle to gain what I thought was the ultimate in terms of marathon running, getting round the 26.2 miles in under 3 hours.”
The idea for the book began when ten years ago Bill was asked by someone from his running club to write a short history of his running career, and he quickly realised that he couldn’t fit it into two pages.
It has awakened a second passion - he now wants to keep writing.
Running on Tired Legs is available on Amazon.
Picture: Bill Graham running with dogs Milligan and Ollie