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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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The ups and downs of some of the most incredible runs that Doug has been on are all captured in this book. Doug shares some of the deepest parts of his life too, which undoubtedly makes the book just a little bit more special. Knowing Doug in person makes it a little bit voyeuristic (sorry Doug!), but without knowing some of the background, the why's and wherefore's of Doug's running exploits just wouldn't be the same.
Great book Doug, and one that I would recommend any runner to read!
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.
I have been lucky enough to share the highs and lows of my Dad's adventures and (as you will read in the book) am partly responsible for him realising he needed to change his lifestyle. What I didn't expect from reading his first book, was to learn as much as I did! The detail he remembers from his adventures, is captured so vividly and really kept me engrossed until the very last page.
I am not much of a 'reader', but found it very difficult to put the Kindle down. I have learned things not just about Dad's incredible global adventures, but about my ancestry too. Doug's amazing ability to describe his emotions throughout these crazy adventures, really made the experiences come to life.
For me, this book describes perfectly the immense camaraderie that comes with any running journey, whether that be joining your first club, or (at the other extreme) pulling together in the Sahara when times are tough. As the volunteer Event Director at Telford parkrun, I am lucky enough to witness the 'pulling together' of an amazing running community and see those taking their 'first steps' every single week. This book describes that amazing feeling of mutual trust and friendship to a tee.
So to finish my review...
Dad (Doug Richards) we are all so very proud of you and all you have achieved! Congratulations on the launch of your first book and here's to a future of yet more Running Hot & Cold!
Chris, Lynne & your beautiful Granddaughter Holly. xxx
p.s. Sorry about the car!
If you have the slightest interest in running of any sort you will find this book fascinating. Truly inspirational what someone can do when they set their mind to it. A very honest book which describes the fears we all have of sometimes doing the simplest things but also the lack of fear this man has of doing the most extraordinary things.
Beautifully written, it makes you feel like you're right there with him taking part in every adventure. The descriptions of the many varied places he visited makes you want to avoid them like the plague or book a flight immediately!
Felt sad when I finished it as I wanted to hear about more and more adventures. A thoroughly good read.
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