Interview with Elise Downing author of Coasting: Running the Coast of Britain

by Jul 8, 2021Books, Interviews with legends, Interviews with real runners, Long runs, Mental strength0 comments

Elise Downing, with absolutely no ultra-running experience, unable to read a map and having never pitched a tent alone before, set off to run 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain, carrying her kit on her back. Over the 301 days that followed she developed a debilitating fear of farmyard animals, cried on a lot of beaches and saw Britain at its most wild and wonderful. She became the youngest person and first woman to complete this journey.

Her book about the trip is out now; Coasting (publishers Summersdale) “Coasting is about putting one foot in front of the other, even when it feels impossible, and trying to enjoy it too. With heart and humour, Elise explores the thrill of taking risks and putting your trust in total strangers, and learns some home truths along the way.”

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