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Running Beyond Limits: The Adventures of an Ultra Marathon Runner [Hardcover]

Andrew Murray , Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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15 Sep 2011
Andrew Murray has been running since 2005 when he realised that it might be a good way to see a bit of the world. Since then he has been placed first overall in races in the Arctic, the Sahara, Outer Mongolia and the jungle, amongst others. But in 2010 he devised a challenge that put all his previous attempts in the shade - to run from Scotland to the Sahara in one continuous push with no rest days! It is 2,659 miles from John O'Groats at the northern tip of mainland Britain to Merzouga in Morocco and Andrew planned to complete the distance in 85 days. That's the equivalent of 100 marathons run end to end - and not a single day off to recover. With minimal support, and in the middle of winter, trying to run an ultra marathon every day was the challenge of a lifetime for Andrew. As a medic, Andrew knew exactly what that would do to his body...and it wasn't good news. Attempting to cram in a staggering 8,000 calories every day is extremely difficult and doesn't stop the body from beginning to break down. This book is the story of that run, interwoven between tales of extraordinary endurance events in some of the most extreme locations in the world. It answers the question, 'why do it?', and offers a gripping insight into what drives an extreme athlete to break new ground. Helped by family, friends, those he meets along the way, and a fiancee he's shortly to marry, this is the story of one man's determination to run in the history books. Andrew Murray's epic journey was the subject of a highly successful BBC documentary and this book is the inside story of what pushes one man to keep breaking the limits. Even a planned 85 days wasn't enough to satisfy Andrew - in the end he completed the distance in just 78 days. The book is introduced by Sir Ranulf Fiennes.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Media (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095629572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956295729
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 4 Mar 2012
By SL
Format:Hardcover
A great read and insight into Andrew Murray's Scotland 2 Sahara and other ultra experiences. Frank and straight forward style, an easy and enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Perspective on Ultra-Running 4 Jan 2012
By Leoman
Format:Hardcover
Andrew Murray gives a frank insight into his experiences as an "Ultra" marathon runner in Running Beyond Limits. The reader is left in now doubt of the highs and lows of endurance distance running, and what its like to fit such demanding physical activities around work, exams, planning a Wedding and seeing friends.
Murray is candid about his personal motivations, and is able to use his medical knowledge to outline what exactly running extreme distances does to the body.
This is a light hearted and enjoyable read from a man modest about his awe inspiring achievements, that answers the question "What would it be like to run an Ultra"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 4 Jan 2013
By Lyn
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as a gift for a marathon runner, he was extremely pleased with it, so I acan only assume that it is a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gift 27 Jan 2013
By jack
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