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Running Hot & Cold Paperback – 1 Mar 2016
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"You won't be able to put it down, it's so good!" -- UK Run Chat
"It was a successful night at the O2 in London for Redditch runner and author, Doug Richards when his book won the Silver trophy in the 'Best Book' category at the prestigious 2016 Running Awards. The Awards, which celebrate the best in running culture, were decided by public vote with over 90,000 votes recorded." --Redditch Standard
"Another aspect of this book is how running helped Doug through tough times in his life, having to cope with bouts of anxiety and depression. England Athletics has appointed Doug as a local mental health ambassador to promote the benefits of running on psychological wellbeing." --MidlandsRunningGuide.com
"Looks every bit as good as 5* reviews." --@RunEatRepeatUK
"Runaway success Doug Richards has won a prestigious award for his very first book. Mr Richards, a veteran runner, describes in the book his running adventures and how they have enriched his life and helped him through tough times." --Redditch Advertiser
About the Author
Doug Richards is a retired University of Birmingham lecturer with a long track record of academic publishing, though Running Hot & Cold is his first venture into non-fiction. Doug's background lies in medical research, which led to his teaching pharmacology and neuroscience. He recently qualified as a run leader with the Run England project.
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I found this book almost unputdownable. Yes, I agreed with all Doug’s friends and neighbours, his doctors and even the voice inside his own head who all told him he was mad to drive his body to increasingly agonising limits on his global marathons and super marathons. Yet the narrative explained coolly and lucidly how someone could find such actions a necessity. Most of us would not contemplate putting our bodies through these tortures, but here we have a dramatic account of what, when your whole body pleads with you to give in, might still urge you to complete the challenge. Indeed it seems that the more daunting the challenge, the more hazardous the terrain and the climate, the more attractive the project is to Doug.
Besides accounts of the many obstacles, expected and unexpected, which Doug encounters and obstinately, ingeniously overcomes, on his world wide “travails” there are many additional pleasures in this book. There are up close and beautiful descriptions of the Sahara, Siberia, Sri Lanka and Africa where he encounters the elephants whose rampage opens the book – and almost closes it. There are the close friendships to study, forged in a mutual struggle with the vagaries of nature, and heartwarming encounters with people in their local communities on many continents.
We are also invited to witness a life. Doug takes us back to his childhood before he ever thought of running and we follow him through his life, with all its interests, its plans, sudden reversals and coincidences driving the action forward.
The book delivers an overwhelmingly positive message that what most plagues you in life may be turned into a challenge and indeed a huge advantage to yourself and others.
Get the book, read it, and marvel how it seems to be possible to overcome all manner of setbacks. Enjoy the journey; enjoy the read.
An epic read Doug, I started it 2 days ago and have just finished. So yes, a real page turner!
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