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Footnotes – How Running Makes Us Human

Review by Ben Peel Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book Footnotes, How Running Makes Us Human is written by an English literature professor (who left school with virtually no qualifications) and is about ‘what running can tell us about the way we live now’. The book recounts a number of adventures that he had whilst

Today We Die a Little

Review by Ben Peel Richard Askwith, author of Feet in the Clouds and Running Free, has now written a biography of the legendary long distance Czech runner Emil Zatopek who set numerous records, won three gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and whose at the time unorthodox training methods

Wild Running

An excellent book for those looking to get off the beaten track with their runs in the UK and beautiful to just look through.

Running with the Kenyans

Review by Ben Peel When Adharanand Finn runs a 10K personal best he contemplates how much a better a runner he could be if he trained seriously. To that end he uproots his family to Kenya to see if he can learn the secret of how that nation has become predominant

The Way of the Runner

Review by Ben Peel Unfortunately this was nowhere near as interesting as his previous book Running with the Kenyans which is mostly to do with the fact that the book seemed like a long magazine article extended into a book. The only reason he seems to find for the Japanese being

World’s Ultimate Running Races

If you are looking for your next big racing adventure either in the UK or abroad this book has a fantastic selection to choose from of various distances and challenges. It's where the Three Countries Marathon incorporating Germany, Austria and Switzerland is listed.

Running Free

Review by Ben Peel As someone who came relatively late to running (my early thirties) and is a decade younger than the author (I also spent ten years living in London, where I began my running, before moving to the Lincolnshire seaside) I think I have progressed fairly rapidly through what

Running with the Pack

Review by Ben Peel In this highly original book philosopher and amateur runner Mark Rowlands explores the reasons why he runs. Interspersed with his ruminations on significant runs is a dialectical investigation into how the theories of various philosophers can be applied to running. Rowlands cogently argues that running returns us to

Kings of the Road

Review by Ben Peel Although Cameron Stracher in, Kings of the Road, writes about the American running boom which occurred in the 1970s many of his arguments about the sport are still pertinent to this day and age and not just in the States. It is a fascinating look at the nascent

Running for their Lives

Review by Ben Peel In 1928 the first of the so-called Trans-Continental Road Races was held, starting in Los Angeles and finishing in New York. Taking part were Arthur Newton and Peter Gavuzzi, whose largely forgotten life stories Mark Whitaker explores in fascinating detail. Newton and Gavuzzi, both Englishmen, came from very

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