Footnotes – available for Pre-order


Footnotes: how running makes us human – Published 26th May

Bymock up.jpg Vybarr Cregan-Reid

“Running allows me to step off life’s pathways and into the bracken; to turn my back on the fingerpost and tumble into the weeds. It has changed me so completely that, now, even the sight of a landscape painting instils in me a deep desire to step into the frame, and beyond it. To run toward the horizon, feeling the cool grass beneath my feet, and be gone.”



There has never been a book about running like Footnotes. It is packed with arguments, opinions and interviews with the world’s leading researchers into running, movement and the psychology of modern life.

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.

When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London’s cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin’s Venice.  Footnotes transports you to the cliff tops of Hardy’s Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and to the world’s most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run.

Liberating and inspiring, this book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives.

What others are saying

  • “Insightful and intoxicating. Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book makes you take your shoes off and run through a world of ideas about nature.” (Lynne Truss)
  • “It’s hard to imagine a more compelling or poetic running companion than Vybarr Cregan-Reid. He inspires us not just to run, but to be truly alive while we are doing it.” (Scarlett Thomas)
  • “A brilliant, broad-ranging and beautiful book. Like a great run into a wild landscape, it opens the heart and the mind, taking you off into the unknown, delighting at every turn and returning you changed for the better.” (Rob Cowen – author of Common Ground)
  • “Here is a book in which the striding energy of the prose matches its subject.” (Iain Sinclair)
  • “Wonderfully authoritative vindication of what ought to be a self-evident truth: that running should be about being alive, not being a consumer.” (Richard Askwith – author of Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature)



(Although it is cheaper at the Guardian Bookshop – click here)


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • ISBN-10: 0091960193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091960193

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