Radio sports presenter Vassos Alexander told Trail Running's Paul Halford why he is hooked on off-road running
Vassos Alexander, sports presenter on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, releases his new book, Running Up That Hill, tomorrow.
In a recent interview with Trail Running, the sub-three-hour marathoner, told us what he loves about getting off road.
Alexander, a former #Run1000Miles ambassador who completed the 250k Spartathlon last year, said: "Running in nature seems to connect me very strongly to where I am... I can run over hills which have probably been run on hundreds and hundreds of years ago. I love the feeling of just being outside, being uncomfortable. We live such cosseted lives and when you’re outside and you’re running and you’ve got to adapt - I love that."
He can regularly be heard on the morning show chatting with Evans about running and his latest literary offering is his second on the subject. Running Up That Hill is the story of his own experiences in endurance running in events such as the Spartathlon, Dragon's Back and South Downs Way 100.
For example, he relates in the book how he felt at the end of that 100-miler: "There's no euphoria after the crossing the line. It's much better than that. A deep contentment rises from the pit of your stomach and seems to settle in."
We runner can often think of themselves as a special breed doing something uncommon, so when someone well known for doing something else turns out to be a huge fan of it, it's a major boost for running. Individuals like Alexander can do a huge amount to put running - and particularly trail running - on the map.
Running Up That Hill is published by Bloomsbury and is out on March 8, priced £12.99.
See the June/July edition of Trail Running for the full interview with Vassos Alexander.