There is always a top 10, top 50 or top 100 etc. But I am listing what I consider to be the most influential running books that I have read.  Not in any particular order of preference.  Only 8 books but what a cast of writers and some magical stories and facts. I would personally consider The Lore of Running as the bible for any runner.  

How many have you read and what others would you add to the list. 

Feet in the Clouds – Richard Askwith

The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes

Running with the Kenyans – Adharanand Finn

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

What I talk about when I talk about Running – Haruki Marakumi

Eat & Run – Scott Jurek

Relentless Forward Progress – Bryon Powell

Ultramarathon Man – Dean Karnazes 

Croydon Ultra 2014

This years event will be held on Sunday July 6th. Online entries will be up shortly on Runners World.

The course will be the same as 2013 using the Vanguard Way for the first several miles with a lovely downhill back to Gravel Hill, a short uphill via Spout Hill and then back to the start to complete the first 15 miles. The second half will take the cycle route past Croydon Arena through to Catford and returns via the same route.

Friendly marshals, improved signage and plenty of food and water.

All proceeds will be going to a Parkinson’s charity (details to be confirmed).


Once again a fantastic effort everyone on such a scorchingly hot day. Temperatures soared into the 30C range and made conditions challenging.
Here are the final results. Congratulations to William Edwards with an impressive time of 4hr 29 mins and Suzy Yates with an equally impressive 4hr 50 mins.
Enjoy the rest of the summer weather.

Croydon Ultra 30 Mile – Result

In scorching conditions today with temperatures rising to 30C a total of 48 runners started the 3rd Croydon Ultra 30 Mile race. Runners were treated to two 15 mile out and back loops showcasing the Croydon countryside via the Vanguard Way and a loop to Ladywell Fields via the Cycle path 21.
Results as follows:
1st – William Edwards – 4hr 29mins
2nd – Steve Barnes –  4hr 37 mins
3rd – Chris Morton – 4hr 50mins
1st – Suzy Yates – 4hr 50 mins
2nd – Susan McCartney – 4hr 51
3rd – Cat Simpson – 5hr 50
1st Lady Suzy Yates and 3rd Man Chris Morton cross the line
1st Man William Edwards resting after a hard days run
2nd Man Steve Barnes having a beer and smoke after a tough run!

Aid Stations

Its going to be hot this weekend. We will have ample supplies of water to make sure everyone has enough to go round.  Of course we will have our usual goodies at the checkpoints, cake, cheese, tortillas, SIS gels and of course Haribos. There might also be some other goodies on offer…….

Croydon Ultra 30 Mile – Update June 13th

Less than 4 weeks to go to the 3rd Croydon Ultra– 30 Miles


Hi there everyone,


Plans for the 3rd Croydon Ultra (30M) are well underway. We are looking forward to greeting you and ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable run through the local scenery. There will be no 15 mile event as we have no participants but it will be possible to stop at this distance as it is the halfway point, if you so choose.


Please note that the event HQ is at Sandilands Sprts & Social Club, Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey. Post Code CR0 5DB
The Event HQ is within easy reach of :
East Croydon Railway/Tram stations (10 -15 min walk). East Croydon railway station serves London Victoria and London Bridge and south coast stations.
Lloyd Park Tram stop (10 min walk across Lloyd Park)


Event HQ


Please register and obtain your race number

Changing room and toilet facilities available at the Clubhouse

Bag drop at registration

Event HQ is also the halfway point so if you want to leave drinks then this can be done (please label clearly)


Route change


In order to make the route more off road the first 5-6 miles of the route has been changed to follow the Vanguard Way. This is a well sign posted route but will be marked in places to help you.

Route directions are being updated and will be available on the website shortly.

Paper copies of the route directions will be available on the day as well.



Event start


0745 –briefing for 0800 slower runners start

0800- start for slower runners


0845 –briefing for 0900 main start

0900 –main start


That’s all for now. We hope your training is going well and we look forward to seeing you on July 7th.




Ian Campbell

Event Director