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Feet in the clouds : a tale of fell-running and obsession (Updated paperback edition)

By: Askwith, Richard Macfarlane, Robert(Introduction by)

1781310564 / 9781781310564
Stock expected by 10/12/2020
20 cm xiv, 348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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Previous edition: 2004.

Winner of 'Best New Writer' - British Sports Publishing Awards. Winner of the 'Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition' - Lakeland Book Awards Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and for the Boardman-Tasker Prize. An inspiring insight into one of the oldest extreme sports, and a lyrical tribute to Britain's mountains and the men and women who live among them, this is the definitive story of fell-running. With an introduction from bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, this is a complete portrait of one of the few sports to have remained utterly true to its roots - in which the point is not fame or fortune but to run the ancient, wild landscape, and to be a hero, if at all, within one's own valley. Richard Askwith's journey takes him into a world of forbidding rockscapes, horizontal rain, fear, exhaustion and stunning natural beauty, as well as his own attempt at one of the purest and toughest challenges imaginable: the Bob Graham Round, the sport's traditional test of 42 Lake District peaks in 24 hours. Along the way, he encounters some of the most prodigious - and unsung - athletes Britain has produced, such as Joss Naylor, who covered the equivalent of four Everests in a single run.

Gripping, funny and moving, this is a story that any aspiring runner, endurance athlete or mountain-lover will understand well: of extremity, heroism and the experience of a lifetime.


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