The Rise of the Ultra Runners

ISBN
9781783351329
Published
16/05/2019
9781783351329
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
384

About the Book

*Shortlisted for the 2019 William Hill Sports Book of the Year*

'Finn has written the definitive book on ultra running today. I couldn't put it down.' – Dean Karnazes

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Marathons are no longer enough.
Pain is to be relished, not avoided.
Hallucinations are normal.

Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest-growing in the world. Why is this? Is it an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness?

Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out – and to see if he could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and on to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.

The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport’s many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

*Shortlisted for the 2019 William Hill Sports Book of the Year*'Finn has written the definitive book on ultra running today. I couldn't put it down.' – Dean Karnazes***Marathons are no longer enough. Pain is to be relished, not avoided. Hallucinations are normal.Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest-growing in the world. Why is this? Is it an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness?Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out – and to see if he could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and on to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport’s many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.
  • Adharanand Finn

    Adharanand Finn is the author of Running with the Kenyans, which was the Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year, won Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards, and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Award. He is an editor at the Guardian and a freelance journalist. He is also a former junior cross-country runner and now competes for Torbay AC in Devon, where he and his family usually live. Follow him on Twitter @adharanand.

“‘[A] tale of transcending boundaries and facing one’s frailties head on.’”
- Financial Times
“Adharanand Finn gives us an inside view of the mind-boggling world of long-distance running, and perfectly captures the ebb and flow of a long race; the moments when you feel you can’t take another step, chased by those fleeting periods when you believe you might run for ever.”
- Emily Chappell, Guardian

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Running with the Kenyans

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