Geoff Cox and I are well along the way to making our book Traceless. The manuscript is having it's final proof read, it will be formatted and at print over the next few weeks. Sub-titled Exploring the spirit of fell-running, it's a book that celebrates the challenge and joy to be found in running in the mountains, in particular when the runner is self-sufficient in every way. The book is a combination of poetry, memoir, fiction and travelogue, fully colour illustrated with paintings and sketches of central Lake District mountain scenes.
Traceless takes inspiration from the Gerry Charnley Round and Gerry Charnley himself. Charnley is little remembered, but was a prolific fell runner, orienteer and climber who founded the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM), now the OMM. In his early 50s he tragically died on Helvellyn, his namesake Round was established in his memory by his friends.
Inspired by the concept of the Gerry Charnley Round and its journey over the Lakeland fells, Geoff and I have each spent time recceeing and running the route. Traceless is a collaboration between us that celebrates our love for the fells and how spending time in them inspires us creatively.
We're now taking pre-orders for Traceless, which will be published in October. Everyone pre-ordering will receive a signed copy of the book as soon as we get hold of copies, along with two poetry cards, each signed by Geoff and Heather, as a thank-you for ordering.