Running High, Running Low, Running Long by Ben Rolfe
We first mentioned Monaco-based Ben Rolfe in the summer of 2014 (On a Rolfe. Fundraising for Diabetes), after his daughter Alice had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes from a finger prick test. Ben was about to embark on a 230-kilometre fund-raising run for his daughter’s cause.
Now Ben comes to us promoting his motivational book Running High, Running Low, Running Long (UK: New Generation Publishing), an autobiographical account of his journey from “fatty to fitty and the power of the mind”.
It starts with a routine medical in 2004, when Ben was told he wouldn’t see 40 unless he changed his lifestyle. An overweight, sedentary smoker, Ben had a young family and busy career with little time for anything else. Fast forward a decade, transforming himself from couch potato to a man on the move, losing 35 kilos along the way, and you’ll see pictures of Ben crossing the Finish Line of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons, including the Western States 100, the Ultra Trail of Mont Blanc and the Marathon Des Sables.
However, in 2013, hit with life-changing news that his 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Ben decided to undertake his toughest challenge yet: to prove to her that anything was possible. One evening, departing from the bright lights of Monte-Carlo he headed towards the mountainous terrain behind the Côte d’Azur to run an unsupported 100-km trail run. For most hardened ultra-marathon runners this would be a feat in itself, but for Ben he had something else to prove: choosing to descend the rugged terrain he had already climbed and run the Cro Magnon Trail – the 130-km mountain trail ultra-race. “I wanted to prove to my daughter, that even though she had a life-changing – and potentially life-threatening – condition, that she could do anything she wanted if she put her mind to it.
“I had previously chronicled my running adventures on my blog www.pussyfootingaround.net, and I was encouraged after my “double ultra” to put my musings down in a book. Having changed my own lifestyle, I hope my experience will encourage and inspire others to get off the couch and get outside.”
For a down to earth story, detailing Ben’s journey to fitness and his love of nature and travel, pick up Running High, Running Low, Running Long.