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Extreme Running [Hardcover]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes , Kym McConnell , Dave Horsley
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26 Sep 2007
Running is an inexpensive, convenient and increasingly popular sport, but some take it to the limit. From cold weather running in Alaska to the intense heat of the Sahara Marathon, a number of athletes choose to pit themselves against the elements. Extremes of environment, route and geography are another challenge, from trails through dense jungle to soaring mountain ranges. The rewards are the experiences of a lifetime, the sense of having been to largely unexplored places and the realisation of unique ambitions. Never before has there been a manual to pull together all the elements of this new, but fast growing sport. The book features over 150 stunning images and amusing, informative text.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (26 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862057567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862057562
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 21.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the comprehensive route information, maps and contact details, plus sumptuous photography, make for an impressive package" -- The Independent on Sunday, 6 Jan 2008

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Kym McConnell has competed in extreme events for nearly 20 years. He has run an extreme foot race on every continent, including ultra-distance races in the Himalayas, Amazon, Antarctica, Arctic and the Sahara, and competed in various multi-disciplinary competitions including a 39th place in the World Multisport Championships -- a 243km run/cycle/kayak race. Dave Horsley has always had a love for the outdoors and running, graduating from cross-country to the marathon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a real inspiration 10 Feb 2008
over the last couple of years I have managed to compete in some of the races that this book covers... and all I can say is that this book totally encapsulates the races, their ethoses and also the real challenges that they represent. It has made me want to do more, as well as also being really informative .. it's a great read for those wanting to find out about the best races out there, and also perfect for the armchair extreme runner.
Nice one Kym and Dave for producing a really readable book with great pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table travelogue 25 Sep 2008
It's an attractive book to have on the coffee table and you'll get some pleasant moments dipping into it and learning about some of the extreme running events that exist around the world. 24 ultramarathon races on all continents in all possible conditions are showcased with details about the length of the race, the conditions and all with some lovely photographs.
What you don't get is any great insight into what it is like to take part in any one of these events. With only a few pages per event, there is no time for an enthralling story detailing epic struggles - just the occasional snippet from a runner's diary.
Ranulph Fiennes is given some prominence on the cover but only contributes a one-page introduction. With his wealth of experience that's a great shame.
All in all it's a book that looks good but doesn't provide an engaging read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Motivational stuff 5 Dec 2008
I must beg to differ with Mr Fitzpatrick. "Extreme Running" never claims or intends to be an emotional in-depth account of some of the worlds most testing footraces. It doesn't aim for that "saga" title. Rather it is a collection of brief descriptions of the toughest 24 races across 5 continents. It's goal I'm sure is to make this crazy and wonderful sport more accessible to the average reader/athlete. Each event entry is accompanied by a useful stat box stating location, distance, date, characteristics, ascent/descent, records, %finishers and contact info for the said event. The book is littered with fantastic photos relaying the isolation and gruelling challenges faced by competitors, coupled with extraordinary landscape scots. Indeed Extreme Running makes a great coffee table book for this reason alone. But It also introduces us to a compilation of similar sporting events - something that hasn't been done before with this sport.
A wonderful reference book and by far the most inspirational thing I've read in a long while - if only as a result of the glossy pics and horiffic (though enticing) stats. Worth buying alone for the list of event websites mentioned and the "Maybe I will..." rush you get reading it.
It certainly made me dig out my old runners and head for a cold December romp in the woods.
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Beautifully pictured book display information on the phases of work classic ultra runs. Great as a guide to picking out your next challenge and the problems you'll encounter on route.
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