We are hugely grateful to the contributors that help us make each edition of the magazine. Without their imagination and generosity LtW wouldn’t exist. Our thanks go out to the writers, but also to the illustrators who create the beautiful images that accompany our stories.
We recently spoke to writer, Richard Lander-Stow, whose work was featured in Issues #3 and #7 of the magazine. We chatted with him about all things running-related and got to know him a bit better.
LTW: Why do you run?
RLS: To climb hills and mountains and to explore. Not to mention for my own sanity!
LTW: What’s special about your work?
RLS: It’s honest, informative, motivational and funny.
LTW: Tell us about your work that we published in Like the Wind.
RLS: My first article published in #3 went down really well. It’s called ‘Be Batman’ and is all about running in fancy dress. It was partnered with an amazing bit of artwork, by Fergus McHugh, showing Batman with a race number and gels in his utility belt (see featured image). My second piece was about what it means to be a runner and was much more motivational in nature, with a few home truth observations relating to sacrifice and performance.
LTW: What would your ultimate adventure be?
RLS: I would love to trek to the K2 base camp, but that is pie in the sky. A goal that is more likely to happen would be to set a fastest known time on the Devon Coast to Coast footpath.
LTW: What is your favourite running moment?
RLS: The moment last year that I started to feel myself again after 9 months of DNSs and DNFs* when my head got in a bad way after my Dad passed away. The moment came while running through the night as part of Equinox 24 in the grounds of Belvoir Castle, and it felt like a true epiphany. I’ve gone from strength to strength since then and Equinox 24 holds a special place in my heart because of it.
LTW: Do you have a favourite running quote?
RLS: The Martin Luther King original before it was bastardised by Dean Karnazes: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”
Illustration by Fergus McHugh.
*DNS: Did not start
DNF: Did not finish