Running for Our Lives by Rachel Ann Cullen is out now!


Happy publication day to Running for Our Lives by Rachel Ann Cullen!

‘Every time I speak to someone and hear about their experiences, it leaves me with a sense of running’s incredible power to help people overcome pretty much anything.’

Each day, millions of people around the world put on their trainers and try to deal with their personal demons and life challenges by going for a run. And, increasingly, they do it knowing that they are not alone: a growing and often virtual community is right there running alongside them. We are all, in some sense, running for our lives.

Rachel Ann Cullen’s first book, Running for My Life, described her own marathon journey through depression, bipolar disorder and body dysmorphia, and her revelatory discovery that running could transform her physical and mental wellbeing. Since hearing from people who had read about her experiences, Rachel wanted to tell some stories of other runners from all around the world – ordinary people living with mental health struggles, dealing with grief, cancer and other unavoidable life events who have relied on running to get them through their worst days and to keep going. Running for Our Lives shares moving accounts of hope and resilience; it demonstrates the power of running to help us all overcome adversity, and is a lesson for us all in learning not only how to survive life’s challenges, but to thrive.

​Reviews of the book so far:

‘It’s so humbling and inspiring to hear how running has helped people through such difficult and traumatic times. Through her own personal experiences, Rachel is so able to relate to the positive impact running can have on our lives. It’s wonderful that she has enabled truly inspirational people to share their own personal stories, which will no doubt inspire others.’Jo Pavey MBE, British long-distance runner, medallist and five-time Olympian

‘Fervent and forthright, Rachel Ann Cullen is the perfect person to share these stories of how, in the darkest times, running always helps.’Rob Deering, comedian and presenter of Running Commentary

‘In Running for Our Lives, Rachel uncovers the heroes within the everyday runners, and beautifully captures the joys, questions and vulnerabilities that every runner shares in the life-changing process of putting one foot in front of another.’ – Alex Staniforth, founder of mental health charity Mind Over Mountains and ultrarunner

‘Some of the real-world stories that Rachel tactfully, yet honestly, conveys will kick you in the stomach. This book elegantly weaves trauma we hope we never have to face with the hope that if we do, we might be half as brave as these running heroes.’Russell Bentley, ultrarunner and holder of the winter Paddy Buckley Round record