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Life on the Run: Coast to Coast [Paperback]

Matt Beardshall
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Book Description

15 Oct 2007
After a charity run in the Peak District, Matt, Vin and Mal decide to raise the stakes by running from St Bees Head on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. On a sunny May morning in 2006, they set off on a seven-day, 180-mile west-to-east coast challenge to take in the Lakeland fells, the limestone dales, the wild North York Moors and all points in between. With Mal in competition on his mountain-bike and the other two on foot, supported by Andy and Justin in a chase-car, they find themselves, despite 18 months of rigorous planning, facing a variety of unforeseen situations involving the weather, the terrain and the local wildlife. However, as Matt realises in this lively and detailed mile-by-mile account, their biggest challenge comes from themselves. Pushing their levels of endurance to the limit, they undertake the equivalent of seven consecutive mountainous marathons with all the attendant pain and despair and the ultimate goal of reaching the North Sea - on time, on course and still on their feet.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Swirl (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845492471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845492472
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the help! 13 Dec 2007
We're coming to Britain to walk the Coast to Coast next year and are looking for as much help as possible. This book was recommended to us and we found it enthralling. We certainly know what to expect now, particularly as we've adapted our proposed route around the one Matt took. We think Wainwright would approve. Roll on next year.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good! 12 Dec 2007
Originally I bought it for my brother for Christmas (as he's planning on doing the coast to coast next year) however when it arrived I read it from cover to cover. I don't go in for all this endurance stuff but found this tale highly engrossing. Well done Matt and his merry band. What's next?

Have just reordered a second new one for Christmas present!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!! 13 Nov 2007
What a marvellous and inspirational journal. If anyone is preparing for a long distance event reading this journal should be part of your preparation. If you weren't thinking of doing a long distance event, read this and you probably will (that'd now be me). I felt like I was part of the team as I experienced the highs and lows along with Matt and. I'm now waiting to find out about the follow up adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Running as a teamsport! 2 Jan 2009
This is a great book explaining the physical preparation, logistics and most importantly the cameraderie involved in a personal endurance adventure. Matt Beardshall wonderfully captures the banter, the highs and the lows in a way that appeals to both runners and non runners. He has a lovely conversational style of writing (reminiscent of the uber-athlete Dean Karnazes) and I for one hope he considers another silly adventure we can all read about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a Godsend! 5 Feb 2008
Having planned entirely on my own to run the Wainwright course for charity without even knowing about this book, I was happy to come across it on an ultra running website. Thanks to Amazon's next-day gratification, I began reading and found not only an entertaining read, but a wealth of experience specifically related to my own plans. When I got to the part about training, I Googled Mad Dog and immediately found his training site. Sent an email, and within minutes I was chatting not only with Mad Dog, but the author as well. I'm now training with Mad Dog to help me achieve my objective and Matt has also been a great source of help. What an amazing world we live in. I have found the book extremely helpful as a runner, but highly recommend it to anyone as a great read about real people doing something extraordinary. Just buy it now and enjoy. Sorry, you won't find my copy in the used section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Author's Running Companion 22 Dec 2007
I am the guy who ran this with Matt!! I can honestly say that this book is a great read. I could not put it down and read the whole thing in one go which I have never done before.

Having taken part in the challenge this book is a great reminder for me but Matt has done a great job in giving an account of what we all went through with all the trials and tribulations!

I think this book would appeal to anyone interested in the coast to coast route, anyone thinking of taking up a challenge or anyone who wants to be inspired.

Im not sure what is planned for 2008 but i'm looking forward to it and I hope that Matt puts pen to paper once again... Vin
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5.0 out of 5 stars No more excuses!! 18 Dec 2007
If you don't think you have enough time to train for a half marathon, marathon, seven days of fell marathons (!!), then think again. A truly inspiring and entertaining read about ordinary people, with everyday work and family commitments, achieving the extraordinary. I for one felt inspired to push myself past the limits of my own excuses, who is with me?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliaaaaaant and funny. 15 Dec 2007
I never realised long distance running could be so funny. This book has lots of humour and information on top of the great running story. I was sad to finish it. A small gripe is that the quality of the pictures inside could be better. The picture on the front is great though. It probably won't win a prize for literature but it will sit very well alongside the likes of Richard Asquith's "Feet in the Clouds". Read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Miss L F Clargo
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Interesting read and amazing achievement. Writer comes across as a little self-righteous at times which did grate a little! Short book, easy read
Published 13 months ago by Carl S
4.0 out of 5 stars An insiring read
I bought this book after running a 34 mile trail run on the sunday and while my legs were still screaming at me I was looking for my next challenge. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by Carl Loftus
5.0 out of 5 stars life on the run : coast to coast
Not normally a fan of sport books but based on the reviews on this website i took the plunge.
Am glad i did, its a very entertaining story. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by Mr. P. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars good story about running
this is a slim volume but very readable for that. Encouragement especially for the would-be coast to coaster. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Mr. D. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars if you've done any long distance runs you be able to relate to this...
If you've done any long distance runs you will be able to relate to this book. A simple read. A journey from coast to coast full of relatable info. Read more
Published on 30 May 2009 by Mr. N. Glaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Coast to coast the hard way
To a non runner this book is excellent. How do you describe the hundreds of thousands of footsteps it takes in an interesting and informative way? Read more
Published on 18 May 2008 by P. R. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars North Sea - here we come..? Brilliaaaaant!
Captures the atmosphere of the Coast to Coast - presented in a humorous way, detailing both the highs, lows and `up and downs` of a long-distance supported challenge and the... Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by Mick Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, inspiring and fun
Compact, informative about all aspects of the challenge, planning, training, route, motivation etc. A great little book and easy to read, but if you are not careful it can make... Read more
Published on 20 April 2008 by P. ROACH
5.0 out of 5 stars These Boys Know how to give it big time
This is a great read if you have ever done something similar you immediately have an affinity with the guys. Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by George Reid
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