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5.0 out of 5 stars everyone's personal everest, 9 May 2006
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M. Y. Ker "ophelia" (london) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The London Marathon (Paperback)
I can't speak for everyone out there who has read the book, so I'll start with my own experience. I bought the book in 2005, as one of the lucky runners who went through the ballot and got a place to run my very first marathon, at my very first attempt to apply for such an enormous and popular event. Marathon is an event that requires no romanticising as it is in itself romantic, with enough weight of mythology and history. The writer, John Bryant, strikes the balance between sentiment and historical facts wonderfully, the book flows comfortably, with laught-out-loud moments as well as pages that would have a grown adult teary-eyed, as one reads about the atmosphere in the marathon, the unconditional support from the onlookers and the unstinting generosity of all those who hand out endless supply of sweets and fresh fruits, as well as encouragement, there is no jeering and sneering when a runner stops to stretch or to take a break but sincere, genuine pats on the shoulders and backs to urge them on to the finishing line. One reads about the incredible but magnificent obsession of various personalities throughout the history of marathon running, the dogged determinations of people inflicted with life-threatening illnesses and hilarious anecdotes that make the London Marathon not only one of the greatest races in the world, but the greatest show in town. For people who might never consider Marathon running, this book will be an entertaining and well-written read, for those who ran, are still running or are going to run a marathon, this book will be sheer inspiration.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The London Marathon, 27 Oct 2007
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This book is brilliant, I couldn't put it down once I started and loved every minute of it. It focuses on The London Marathon and how it developed into the great race it is today, as well as looking at the start of the marathon as an event and other aspects of marathon running in general. It was immensely readable and had some great photo plates as well. This is highly recommended indeed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great marathon information book., 5 July 2010
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Mrs Tina McLaren (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The London Marathon (Paperback)
Thinking of doing the next London Marathon, so decided to get this book. There are not any diet plans etc, but the book is full of info on the first London Marathon onwards and also on other great city marathons. Really enjoyed learning about the history and workings behind the scenes, of the marathon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The London Marathon book., 1 Sep 2012
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Wow what a great read. I bought this book a few weeks before setting off on my 1st marathon, London. It was so inspiring and got be through my last, tough, few weeks of training. Pleased to say I ran London 2012 in 4:46:32!
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Marathon, 19 Sep 2011
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Bryan Kearney (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Great read for any who has or are thinking of running the London Marathon. Some very interesting facts about previous marathons and how the race was first set-up in London.
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