I am very pleased to be able to announce that the 2nd edition of Scottish Trail Running has been printed and is now available to buy online and in all good bookshops!
When the 1st edition was published, almost exactly 5 years ago, it never crossed my mind that at some point I would have to go through the text all over again, re-run routes and take new photos. This time, I certainly can’t claim all the credit – what would have been a simple reprint when the copies ran out turned into a proper update thanks to the feedback and suggestions of many helpful readers. In particular, I have to thank Cairngorm-based Mountaineering Instructor and founder of Skimo Scotland and enthusiastic trail runner Di Gilbert who I think is on track to be the first to complete all 70 ‘Allisons’ as she calls them. A certificate has been promised and I’m very interested in hearing if anyone else thinks they might be on track to pip her to the post?! Many others also contributed feedback and sent in photos – thank you all!
Publication of the 2nd edition has been an opportunity to incorporate feedback regarding changes on the ground (often forestry or new path construction related), include new inspiring photographs, and make sure the Trip Planning information accompanying each route is up to date. I’ve also added a new feature: distance from the start of the route to the nearest electric vehicle charging point.
Updating Scottish Trail Running has been a great opportunity to relive the highs and lows of my running research all those years ago. Publication of the 2nd edition is cause for celebration (at least for me!) and it has been such fun looking back through all my photos that I thought I would share some of the best over on Twitter. I’ve been so lucky to be able to run in all these beautiful places and over the next 70 days I am planning to tweet 1 photo per day with the hashtag #GreatRun. Please follow @scottrailruns to see the photos and share your own!