Book Review - Feet in the Clouds
Author: Richard Askwith
List Price: £9.99
The book was originally seen as a niche book on a minority sport, but has become more widely recognised as a great exploration of a historical and extreme sport.
The book interweaves around 3 themes throughout.
The first is the authors personal journey from novice to a more accomplished fell/distance runner and the story of the challenge he then sets, which is called The Bob Graham Round.
The 2 other themes are well researched and thorough - the second theme takes you into the history of some of the great fell runners and characters, providing a fascinating insight into both the people and the world they live in.
The third theme takes you through a calendar season, describing races, courses and some of the current runners.
This is my favourite sports book, and probably my favourite book ever!
I was gripped from the first page, where he brilliantly describes how he keeps himself going when he's injured, lost and about to give up on a training run "for fun".
You can sense the passion in the writing throughout, from someone who caught the fell running bug and enthusiastically threw himself into the places, races and history.
The events, champions and characters bring out the continued cultural place of fell running in the calendar year of these rural communities, and beautifully describe the harsh but amazing landscape they take place in.
The authors personal journey brings out his passion and obsession, which really struck a chord with me as he just throws himself into the sport and the sets himself the most outrageous challenge! The Bob Graham round is a 66 mile, 42 peak route that must be completed in 24 hours.
When I'd read this book, I felt that I wanted to move up north, and give the challenge a go myself!
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Overall Score: 10 out of 10
Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes