Dark days for author

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

WRITER and ultra-marathon runner Ira Rainey knew it was time to seek help when he found himself steering his car into the path of a truck.

Thankfully Ira, who grew up in Downend, steered away but the frightening incident was the wake up call he needed to seek help.

Ira's journey of learning to cope with and manage his depression has been chronicled in his new book, Still Not Bionic: Adventures In Unremarkable Ultrarunning.

In 2014, Ira was shortlisted for Best New Writer with his first book Fat Man to Green Man in the British Sports Book Awards and won the silver award in The Running Awards best book category. 

In Still Not Bionic, Ira continues his previous theme of running ultramarathon distances  - this time taking on the challenge of a 100 mile foot race - but the book also confronts darker issues. 

He was diagnosed with severe depression and the book is a frank and revealing account of how he came to understand that running extreme distances is as much about mental endurance as physical. 

Ira, 47, who is married with two children and a step-son, said he was in denial until the incident with the truck forced him to seek help. Now, if he recognises those feelings of apathy, he makes sure  he fights them.

"I do go up and down but have now learnt to recognise that. It's important to do things because you probably will enjoy them once you get yourself motivated. For me running addresses that. If I have a bad day the last thing I want to do is go out and run 10 miles but I make sure I always do it. There's always light at the end of the tunnel but it's very hard to see that at the time."

Signed copies of Still Not Bionic: Adventures In Unremarkable Ultrarunning are available from www.tangentbooks.co.uk at £9.99.

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