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Inspiring respect for impossible dreams
on 8 December 2016
I wouldn't class myself as a fell runner, but I love the Lakes, big days out in the hills and a little bit of running. This was a great account of fell running, interweaving the history of the sport with its unfeasibly fit past and present heros, as well as the attempts by the author to complete the Bob Graham Round, which I had heard of as representing the dividing line between a jolly amateur "hill runner" and a "proper mountain runner". Previously I had in reality thought the latter category to be a bit unhinged, and pursuing a crazy, pointless objective, but by the time I finished the book I had huge respect for the discipline, hard work and bloody-mindedness that such an achievement requires. The book is also, as other reviewers say, very inspiring, and really captures the romantic, idealistic element of even thinking of some of these races. The chapter on the woman who won the first Dragon's Back race (in a team) was also very interesting, and one caught the author's respect for her grit and determination.
Someone who enjoys the hills and mountains in any way, not only fell running, would also like this book.