Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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'I've seldom read a better account of the exhilaration of running...what gives Running With the Kenyans its special appeal is Finn's charm ... He's unusually engaging company both on and off the track.' Evening Standard
'A revealing study of the African nationa's long-distance supremacy.' Daily Telegraph Sports Books of the Year
'What sets Finn's book apart is that in trying to 'discover the secrets of the fastest people on earth' he realises something far greater - that there's no 'elixir' but the hunger to succeed.' Metro Books of the Year
'An engaging memoir...The book is populated with engagingly drawn characters and towards the end, Finn's quest - the burning need to attain a certain marathon time - is gripping.' Daily Telegraph
A hugely inspiring story of what is possible when we dare to try.' --Ruth Field, author of Run Fat Bitch Run
'If Chris McDougall's Born to Run taught us what to wear (or not to wear) when running, Finn's fascinating Running With The Kenyans teaches us how to run, and should be required reading for anyone planning their first fun run or marathon. In the tradition of the best sports writing he embedded himself fully in his subject and reveals, for the first time, just how close we are to the holy grail of the sub two-hour marathon.' --Robin Harvie, author of Why We Run
'[This] beautifully crafted account of an expedition of discovery to Kenya defies categorisation ... The adventure is captivating.' --Nick Pitt, The Sunday Times Books of the Year
'In unobtrusively beautiful prose, [Finn] evokes the will to run at the heart of Kenyan life.' --Sunday Telegraph
'[Finn's] unfussy, evocative prose makes it an engaging odyssey.' --Sunday Telegraph
Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth by Adharanand Finn is an epic personal quest to discover the remarkable secrets of the world's greatest runners.See all Product Description
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But it was enchanting. Page after page my attention was held. I've recommended this book to both runners and non runners since reading it. It's a chronicle of an amazing journey and teaches so much about commitment to a cause, mental struggles, physical hardships and believing you've got what it takes to do something.
When Finn leaves the UK for Kenya in search of just what makes the country's runners so good and an opportunity to better his own running techniques, we meet the most incredible cast of colourful characters. As the fist part of the book flits around his pre-departure time in the UK, we're soon living there with him in Iten, also trying to fathom out just what this Kenyan secret is.
Finn's new life builds with every chapter, as do the remarkable friendships he grows.
I could share so many spoilers but I refuse to. This really is a must read for yourself. It left me with so, so much to think about, drawing several parallels with Matthew Syed's "Bounce" that I read earlier this year.
I ran the London Marathon on April 22nd 2012 in 4:39:31. I read Finn's book before the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27th 2012 which I completed in 4:08:17. I say no more aside from you will never, ever look at the front of the pack in the same way again.
Finn's book is filled in fact that while very fascinating, is also is filled with unearthed and often times, sad truths that tell of the not so wonderful tale of the magical Kenyans. Finn finds a friend in Toby Tanser (of the excellent book, "More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way") who quickly answers the question of why do Kenyan children run to school. "Are they hoping to become athletes?" asks Finn. "No, they're running because if they're late, they get caned." He also digs into the "age old" question of why many Kenyans official ages are less than their real age. "Each person has a different story, although it usually involves someone else, such as a manager, getting the date wrong at some point." That's one thing that is very evident. The managers are the ones in control of the Kenyan runners, as they operate the running camps, that are essentially tryouts to earn chances to compete internationally. Some run in the camps for years and never make more than a few hundred dollars, relying on the kindness and hospitality of family to help them along.Read more ›
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As a very amateur runner I was enthralled by this book. The language and pace(sorry!)...mixes beautifully to capture the thrill, excitement and yes hardship of this journey into... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mike Briggs
Great read. Read this book while injured to get some motivation and keep me focused. It worked. Recommend reading it.Published 1 month ago
An elegantly written tale. Full of appreciation and admiration for the worlds greatest runners. Also, Finns wife is an amazing woman!Published 3 months ago by ochangus
The author clearly understands running and opens a world to the elite Kenyan world that is fascinating and beautifully written.Published 3 months ago by Mr. M. M. Bosano
While I can only dream of running as fast as Adharanand, his book has inspired me to go running with the Kenyans next year at Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Centre, which, I was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa Jackson
The author, like many runners, wondered why Kenyans keep winning marathons, so set off to Kenya to find out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anthony Lauder
I really enjoyed this - despite having no interest in running (although now it seems I have, I read 'The Way of the Runner' straight after!). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Missus Clarke
The book is very inspiring. After reading the book I could only wish I could go to Kenya for a training camp.Published 5 months ago by Me
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