The Good Run Guide is a guide to the great running in some of the most scenic locations in England and Wales. Louise Piears and Andy Bickerstaff have picked 40 of their favourite runs suitable for runners of all ability and fitness levels. Each run features details of the distance and difficulty and a map annotated with directions and key features.
Andy Bickerstaff started running after a discussion involving increasing waistlines in his late 20's. He caught the bug immediately and has been running seriously for the last 20 years. After spending a couple of years churning out 10k's and half marathons he discovered cross-country and had found his niche - the joys of off-road running where the clock is not so important. Andy loves exploring the countryside and running on softer surfaces, preferably with a sprinkling of hills and usually with a smile on his face and a cheery wave to all and sundry. The Good Run Guide website and this guidebook are great ways for Andy to indulge his love of running through the countryside and share his passion for exploring lesser known areas of the UK with other runners. Louise Piears started running in 1997, a year after her first child Charlotte was born, mainly to get fit and to lose baby weight. With brother Andy's encouragement she had soon improved enough to enter a local fun run, joined Ranelagh Harriers and, like many others, quickly found that making time for running and racing had become a way of life. Although taking a short break during pregnancy with her second child, Daniel, she was soon out running again, taking part in countless fun runs and races, anything from 5km road runs, to hilly cross country to marathons, with a couple of ultra run/walks thrown in. Louise particularly likes to run off road with her border collie cross, Bello, and explore new areas, hence the idea for the Good Run Guide was born - a source of route guides specifically researched for runners.