I’ve been getting back into running recently so thought I’d share some books on the subject. My outdoor swimming and cycle touring reading lists are much more comprehensive so recommendations on good running books are most welcome.
The definitive book on fell running, the story of its history and characters interwoven into the Richard Askwith’s account of preparing for the iconic Bob Graham Round: a 24-hour challenge to run over 42 Lake District peaks.
3. C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America by Geoff Williams
The Trans-American Footrace was a 3,000 mile run across the United States organised in 1928. I’d never heard of it when I stumbled across a book in the library of a container ship in the middle of the Atlantic and was hooked.
This guy – known as “Ultramarathon Man” – has done a lot of running: 50 marathons in 50 days; a 200 mile relay race solo, ten times over; and 350 miles in one go. This is one’s the bestseller but he’s written a couple of others.
The story of Roger Bannister’s rise to completing the first four-minute-mile is wonderfully humble and very British, and the simplicity of his training seems a world away from that of the modern athlete. (I bought my copy second hand from Amazon and it turned out to be signed by Bannister himself).
This 1960s fictional account of a working class youth getting into scrapes and finding his salvation in running has been made into a film and adapted for the theatre.
What have I missed?
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