Armistice Runner

NEW Autumn 2018

Ernest Dalziel

I am currently writing a new children’s book – Armistice Runner  – about a  thirteen-year-old cross country/fell runner called Lily and her great great grandfather, who was a champion fell runner before he became a trench runner during the last weeks of the First World War.

The story is based very loosely on our family’s love of cross country and fell running and the champion fell runner of 100 years ago, Ernest Dalziel.


“While researching Over the Line I became fascinated with the Armistice and how hundreds of thousands of men could collectively stop fighting at eleven a.m. after all they had been through. I read that there was no time to lay down communication wires, the allies had been advancing so quickly on the Germans. That runners were used to pass the news on. Knowing that many cross-country and fell runners went to fight in the First World War, the story started there. My daughter is a fell and crosscountry runner (as am I) and I wanted the story to come from the point of view of a girl like her and the other keen children who enjoy running cross country and on the fells.”

READ Barrington Stoke’s Press release about the book here.

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