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Summary

Running away from your problems doesn’t solve anything - but sometimes it’s more fun than dealing with them.

Elise was spending a lot of time crying on buses. She had just graduated from university; had a shiny new flat, her first proper job and a budding relationship - and they were making her miserable. Sitting at work one day, she hit upon the obvious solution. Run 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain, carrying her kit on her back. Six months later Elise set off, with absolutely no ultra-running experience, unable to read a map and having never pitched a tent before. 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. 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.

©2021 Elise Downing (P)2021 W F Howes

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Great audible

I've been meaning to read this book for ages (after reading a chapter in "The Kindness of Strangers") but like many things not got around to it ...

I went to download an audible for a long solo car journey to Newcastle and decided that seeing as Elise has read it herself, that was an added bonus.

It was a great car journey, due to being able to listen to this book. Good humour and a beautifully honest book.

Thanks for the good read....great achievement 😁

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Fantastic story, honestly told.

Excellent story well told, I loved the honesty, the self doubt and ultimately the achievement.

Narration by the author is perfect. My favourite listen of the year by miles!

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Refreshing and Authentic book

I listened to this during my ultra today. So glad I did. Thanks to the Love Trails Collective for mentioning it.

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Enjoyable and honest account of completing a personal challenge

At 66 years old I’m probably not the target audience but I really liked this. The author/narrator is very authentic and the writing and reading styles carried me as a listener along with them on the highs and lows of the journey undertaken. Very refreshing.

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Brilliant story

Entertaining story telling. Inspiring adeventure. Relatable life insight.
I’m just getting into ultra running and adventuring and this book gave me inspiration to keep going. To less hard on yourself when just getting it done, or trying, is (should be) enough.

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Quite an inspiring journey

Elise Downing’s journey is an truly inspiring one. The only problem I had with the book was that she apologises a lot. And I mean a lot! If this book was written by a man it would have been much more positive and self-assured. And I am saying this as a woman myself. Downing is apologising for everything and I just think she needs to acknowledge how incredible she is and focus more on her achievements than her perceived failures. The book would have been a much more positive one then and perhaps even more inspirational. Lastly narration is not the best I’ve listened to; it sometimes gets a bit fast paced and monotone.

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Great running listening

Funny , honest and inspirational.
What an amazing achievement
Well done Elise. Great running listening 😄🏃🏽‍♀️Didn’t want it to finish

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Superb!

Absolutely amazing Elise! I’m not a runner but your story was so interesting and inspirational and something that I can refer to in my own world in my own way. You never know, I may run somewhere one day!

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Nice Story

One to listen to in the background. I think the end was rushed, seemed like half a the journey went by in a couple of hours

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What a journey

A highly recommended tale of a long adventure that is as much about self discovery as it is the running.
I was a little sceptical in the early chapters but you really see the self doubts and inexperience evolve as the story develops.
Heartening and inspiring as Elise finds her way and receives so much support from countless people on route.
P.S. Boo Greg.