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Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict Paperback – 2 Apr 2012
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'A charismatic, charming, funny - and, above all, thoughtful - memoir about running, motivation, ambition. Perfect, not just for those who do run - or intend to run - a marathon, but for the hundreds and thousands of us who venture out from time to time to run just a mile or two ... A complete delight.'(Kate Mosse)
'This is a wonderful and frank view of a first-time-marathoner-turned-running-addict. Phil shares the pitfalls and emotions that running a marathon for the first time evoke and how running can grab you and draw you back for more.'(Liz Yelling, Double Olympian and Commonwealth bronze medallist)
'Wry, realistic and endlessly enthusiastic. A lovely reminder both of what seductive fun marathon running can be and why I gave it up.'(Stephen Brenkley, cricket correspondent for The Independent)
'An intriguing insight into one man's marathon journey… an inspiring read for any marathoner or wannabe marathoner.'(Andi Jones, international long-distance runner)
'a beautiful description of one man's passion for the open road, powered by rock 'n' roll.'(Jo Pavey, international track and field athlete)
'The pain, perils and utter pleasure of the formidable 26.2 miles by someone who has gone every step of the way… 25 times. Warning: you will seriously want to run a marathon after reading this.'(Rosie Millard, journalist, author and broadcaster)
'Phil Hewitt's highly entertaining Keep on Running reminded me of my own marathon experiences - the inevitable suffering followed by elation at finally crossing the finishing line. It is a must-read for all runners, particularly those contemplating a marathon for the first time.'(Anna Nicholas, author and journalist)
'As a writer, Phil Hewitt never stumbles. After all, this is a book about repeatedly flogging oneself for 26.2 miles, yet never once does he repeat himself. Each chapter is a fresh discovery, an inspiring insight into what it means to be dedicated to this exacting event. It is intimate, honest, entertaining and superbly written.'(Track Stats)
'Marathon runner Phil tries to explain why he does it, as he looks back over the pleasures and pains of his addictions.'(Running Free Magazine)
'An extremely engaging read'(Sussex Life Magazine)
'Phil Hewitt's well written account of his marathon-running addiction (he's up to 25) takes us from his home town of Chichester to the concrete canyons of New York. … This is the story of a man in love with his sport. … For those of us fitting running in between job, family and everything else life has to throw at us, this is definitely a book you will make a connection with'(Men's Running)
'Keep On Running is one of the best books I've read in ages'(Gearselected.com)
'Hewitt's Keep On Running is an account of self-motivation on an heroic scale'(The Burton Mail)
'lighthearted and entertaining'(Get Into Running)
About the Author
Phil Hewitt is group arts editor for Sussex Group Newspapers. His books include Chichester Remembered, Chichester: Then and Now, Gosport: Then and Now and Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict (ISBN: 978 1 84953 236 5).
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Still, it was interesting to find out more about the perceived organisation and atmosphere at these events.
This book started so promisingly, with the writer getting in to running from a non-sport background, developing and learning about his training, and working towards a race day. The quote 'split open a runner and you will find a solid core of stubbornness' was superb.
Sadly though, after he's prostituted his results, times and relative positions a few times, you rapidly tire of the format of the book.
The second half is more deserved to an online blog which no one will read - His performances are mixed, his preparation mixed, and his self congratulation while listing people he finished ahead of, along with quite anal percentages is quite frankly dull. He isn't setting the world on fire, and it's just quite boring really.
He whinges a hell of a lot to, and seems to blame everyone and everything if he runs badly. Amsterdam (hated it,rained,hardly saw any canals ).Berlin (had a cold, scenery uninspiring ).The comic masterpiece is the Rome marathon were he runs badly (again), this time partly, according to him, because of the smog and the crappy organisation.During this race he also has to cope with,and I quote, "one of the most shameful incidents ever recorded on a marathon course anywhere in the whole history of the world", this is were he crashes into a nun who had foolishly walked into his path and then calls her a "******* stupid cow" as she cowers in his wake.Absolutely priceless. I gave it an extra star for this passage alone.
It is worth 99p of anybodies money to read this hilarious ego driven road trip.His own sense of self importance is truely mind blowing.You ran a few races pal, not rewrote the geneva convention.
I feel very,very sorry for his wife.
I've just finished reading it today and I think it is a great read for all marathon runners and aspiring marathon runners! I really enjoyed reading about the ups and downs of Phil Hewitt's 23 marathons around the world. He talks frankly about his awful marathons and inspirationally about his great ones. He really gives an insight into what can be experienced over 26.2 miles and before and after a marathon. There are some photographs on the inside front and back covers (8 in total) and I would have liked to have seen more, but it's not a big issue. He has been to a number of big city marathons but he's also done more unusual and smaller marathons which are really interesting to read about.
It's an easy and enjoyable read that I'm sure would appeal to all runners. If you're not already signed up to run a marathon then this book will make you want to, even after reading about Phil's worst experiences! Highly recommended!
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