Autobiographies on Long Distance Runners
Posted 26 July 2004 - 02:13 PM
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 04:46 PM
"No bugles, no drums" - Peter Snell (outstanding book)
"The golden mile" - Herb Elliot (also outstanding)
"A clean pair of heels" - Murray Halberg (also great)
Then there are others such as:
"Running Free" - Seb Coe
"In the long run" - Steve Moneghetti (How can you go past it)
"Deek" - Rob de Castella
Steve Ovett - an autobiography (very interesting read into one side of the Coe-Ovett battles)
"In the long run" - Jim Peters (English marathon world record holder from the 50-60's)
"The unforgiving minute" - Ron Clarke
And if you are looking for an outstanding fictional read then get a copy of "Once a runner" by John L Parker Jnr, by far the most outstanding running book I have ever read.
These are a few of my favourites that I have read.
If anyone has a copy of Derek Clayton's book (name escapes me at the moment) that they are interested in selling, I have been trying to get my hands on one for a while.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 06:17 PM
'Kiwi's can fly' is also a cracker. Covers Walker, Dixon & Quax 1975 European tour.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:38 PM
I actually have a copy of Kiwi's can fly at home, but unfortunately never got around to reading it. I am going to make a start on it tonight as it is about time I opened it.
Running to the top was the Derek Clayton book I was thinking of. I had always thought it was a biography. Still think it would be a very interesting read. He was certainly someone who liked the challenge the boundries of what is physically possible.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:50 PM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:52 PM
Emil Zatopek, Kip Keino, Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter,Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen, Sebastian Coe, Deek, Rosa Mota, Said Aouita, Lasse Viren etc.
A great read - Zatopek chapter is a favorite. The man was awesomely tough!!!!
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:54 PM
Otherwise, do a websearch for second hand booksellers. There are many in USA, England and Australia that will be worth trying.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:59 PM
Posted 27 July 2004 - 12:29 PM
I'll add another for required reading:
"Running on a Dream - The Pat Farmer Story" by Ian Eckersley.
It details Farmers running career and the personal tragedies he has overcome along the way. The man was an animal - I was stunned to read how inadequate his training was in his early years. Essential reading for the all ultra runners here.
Posted 27 July 2004 - 01:02 AM
I agree they are hard to find - I always trawl the 2nd hand bokshops. Running is not a big area - most of us are tight-ar@#$ so we all look for them 2nd hand. Cricketers must be loaded - there are so many 2nd hand cricket books that the stores knock them back.
My favourite is the Elliot "Golden Mile" - read after the recent Cerutty "Why Die" and Percy's own book it was a great read. Herb was a great champion and has been a success in life since - well done.
Heather Turland "Gold beyond your dreams" was another diamond found in a 2nd hand shop.
Posted 08 August 2004 - 12:28 PM
Just came back from Bowral and called into Berkelouws Book Barn Berrima. The running section had a good collections of old books. One on City to Surf. A few of the old training manuals from the 70s and 80s.
I picked up three of note:
The Games by Hugh Atkinson
The Complete Marthoner by Jo Henderson. Old and classic for advice.
and Playng in the Zone Exploring the spiritual dimensions of Sport by Andrew Cooper
Left the others there. I looked closely in the biography section no luck this time but in past came across A Golden Mile.
Posted 02 September 2004 - 03:49 AM
The 320-page ilustrated hardback book is called 'The Little Wonder - the Untold Story of World Champion Runner Alfred Shrubb', by Rob Hadgraft. It's also available on Amazon. Cheers!
Posted 02 September 2004 - 04:41 PM
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Posted 03 September 2004 - 03:56 AM
Originally posted by Aching Hammie's:
Thanks everyone for the feedback - but I am struggling to find any of these books anywhere. Amazon, Dymocks, Angus and Roberston - NO LUCK! Any suggestions?
Posted 04 September 2004 - 05:42 AM
The Games by Hugh Atkinson
Almost finished this book. Have started to skip the politics for the running sections. Is dated but now looking forward to seeing the movie that I taped earlier.
About to start the Lydiard biography. Thanks Ian for your help in locating and getting the book from NZ.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 06:19 PM
Have never bought anything on e-bay though so don't know how painful/less it is?
Posted 25 September 2004 - 06:44 PM
Just a tip. It took from mid to late July to now to get here.
I was only talking to Uncle Dave last night about it at the drinkies and I got up this morning and it was in the mail. I am a happy chappie and motivated after talking to all the runners last night.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:17 PM
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:19 PM
What a Champion! Talk about mental tenacity, grit and determination.
Ron performed this great feat in 1983. I remember the run, world records etc. but they didn't mean a lot to me because I wasn't a runner, or any sort of athlete for that matter.
Now that I am a runner, and having read the book I can only just bearly begin to appreciate what a tremendous achievement Ron's run really was.
Surviving the run as one of Ron's crew was an incredible achievement in itself. My hat off to these pioneers of very ultra distance running.
Could I consider ultra running? Maybe. Having only done two marathons I think I still have a lot of work to do. One must have the right mindset that's for absolutely sure.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:37 PM
Have you read Phil's online book (PDF)on the Westfield Run. It's a couple of hundred pages and sits well on the computer for a read now and then.
I met a few of the ultra runners last night. They are so inspirational and humble. I will get back to you with the location.
Edit: By the way I read Ron's book as well.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:58 PM
I havn't read it. I'm a bit aprhehensive about being too inspired though. I might find myself committing to something. A bit scary, though if somebody had told me 3 years ago that I would be running marathons I would have told them they were whacko.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 08:10 PM
I am still trying to find the link. I will get back to you. I agree about declaring your hand about interest in ultras. I am looking seriously at Canberra 50 next year.
I just read with wonder the ultra threads but don't comment (except for the occasional comment of thanks for the inspiration) because I have no experience.
After meeting Paul Every and Sean Greenhill last night I am not sitting on the fence as much.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 08:36 PM
Thanks for the kind words on my book. Go here and you can download for free. http://www.coolrunni...fieldbook.shtml Thanks Plu for the reminder - thats a redundant page. I will clean up my Ultraoz 50 megs site! Promise! But might end up just concentrating on the complete Ultra running history of Aust the next few years!
Eddie and Plu.. Just do it. Pick an ultra, train and do it. I only ran a 4h23m15s marathon before I headed to Ultras. As some events of the last few days has taught some of us -we only have one life and we need to live it to the MAX whilst we can! We dont get a second chance.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 10:09 PM
Eddie and Plu.. Just do it. Pick an ultra, train and do it.
I doubt that it could be put more succinctly or correctly than Phil has said it here! That's all there is to it really & that's what I did & look at the 'old girl' now fellas....rearing to go for a second ultra..... & if LL can do it, everyone can! :D LL
Posted 25 September 2004 - 10:29 PM
If you can run a marathon you can run an ultra. You just have to pick your pace.
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Posted 01 November 2004 - 09:01 PM
Just received in the mail a copy of Cliffy's Book 1995 it was mailed down to me by Helen Powers who I believe was part of the family Cliffy lived with in his later years.
Contact me if you would like details on how to get the book.
Also thanks Phil E for pointing me in the right direction.
Edit: RITH I agree I read Pat Farmers Book. If you want an earlier perspective try and get Ron Grant's book.
Posted 02 November 2004 - 11:18 AM
Puntermatt was good enough to loan me his copy of Pat Farmers bio written by a very good local runner Ian Eckersley (apologies to I an for my lousy spelling if I got it wrong).
It really opened my eyes that the body will stretch as far as the mind allows. A fascinating read to a bloke who is dabbling with the idea of Ultras. Next stop - the Glasshouse 80km in Sept 2005.
Ps Matty , I returned the book to your Mum while you were at work on Sunday - sorry about the delay. Can i now have the DEEK Helsinki run video from '83?
Posted 02 November 2004 - 12:20 AM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:51 AM
Still a tad spooky, since I have recently been reading Cliffy's Book.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:23 PM
Clayton's book is available through the SA library if you want to borrow.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:34 PM