The Lure of Long Distances
Why We Run
By Robin Harvie
(PublicAffairs, Paperback, 9781610391016, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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A consuming tale of one man's obsession with long-distance running and a blistering look at his attempt to run the oldest and toughest footrace in history
Robin Harvie ran his first marathon in 2000 after a bet. When he realized he couldn’t run 26.2 miles in under 3 hours 12 minutes, despite years of trying, he decided instead to see how far he could run before keeling over. In preparation for the toughest and oldest footrace on earth he ran 6,000 miles in one year, including the Round Rotherham 50 mile ultra, the Sri Chinmoy Transcendental 100 kilometer ultra marathon, in which he came fourth, and the 72 mile Bob Graham Round in the Lake District. He lives in London.