Book Review !

Feet In The Clouds, Richard Askwith.

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21/04/2005 at 11:39
Has anyone read this book,if so what do you think?
02/08/2007 at 22:22
fantastic book, got me thinking of having a go myself even though i live in surrey! highly reccomended
03/08/2007 at 07:51
Really enjoyed it.


Well worth a read

03/08/2007 at 09:06
Great book although I wouldn't dream of doing 24 hours running anywhere, let alone over the fells. I've done a few local fell races and they do make a nice change from yet another 10k on the road but I'm under no illusions that I'll ever be any good. I just go for some variety, great scenery and if you're lucky, home made cakes at the finish.
04/08/2007 at 11:32
Yeah, just buy it and read it, it's great.

Then buy some Walsh's and come and play in the mud!
04/08/2007 at 14:08
Exceptionally well written but a bit boring in places - I'm thinking specifically about the sections talking about Amateur and professional fell running.

The sections about Joss Naylor, Kenny Stuart etc are very inspiring but other than that, I seem to remember I didn't really like it much (read it about 2 years ago).

I'm pleased I've read it but wouldn't read it again whereas:

Gebresalassie's biography
Ultramarathonman (despite being written for 12year olds)
Lance Armstrong's "auto"biography (same as above)

and similar books are very good reads, which I'd recommend.
04/08/2007 at 20:23
Odd. Armstrong's book left me retching (great cyclist, but what a sorry indivdual) and Dean Karnazes struck me as the most self-impressed numbskull whose book I'd ever had the misfortune to read. I know we have to all be nice about Lance because he had cancer (as if he's the ONLY survivor) but sorry, I'm only telling it like it is. I was bored rigid halfway through both; probably because each is a love ode written by the author to the author. Self pleasuring isn't fun to watch (or read) unless it's Keira Knightley doing it. Feet In the Clouds, on the other hand, took my breath away. One of the best books (let alone running books) I've read in ages. READ IT! Then tell us what you think. In my view Armstrong and Karnazes aren't fit to carry Billy Bland's jockstrap. But to each his own, I guess.
AndrewSmith    pirate
04/08/2007 at 20:43
I liked feet in the clouds, but then I like the lakes anyway It's a lovely area, was up there for a few days this week, it's lovely even managed a few short runs before heading off to the peaks for a a few more days camping. Dissapointingly flat in the peaks though, especially around Hope where we stayed, in fact it's nice to get back home to some hills so I have something to work on.
04/08/2007 at 22:37
oh ok - I'll finish it.

started it last year sometime, and really enjoyed it...but then sort of got bored and stopped.

But I shall pick it up again.

Once I've finished the sixth Harry Potter...

[giggles and waits for Smiffy to opine...]
04/08/2007 at 22:40
there was a long thread about this on general a while back - the general consensus was that the book is very much like marmite

however i think the general consensus was just wrong, as i love marmite, whereas this book is a tedious heap of rancid steaming sheeite
04/08/2007 at 22:41
hello sweetie!


04/08/2007 at 22:42
such a grumpyknickers.

anyway - did you know that Marmite keeps the midgies away?
debbo    pirate
04/08/2007 at 22:52
oh good, I'll wear some on my bike ride through the highlands tomorrow then ;-)
04/08/2007 at 22:54
i hated the lance armstrong book too
but then i know you have to be like that to get where he has got
i just don't need to read about it
and i wouldn't want to live with him
but he is unlikely to want to anyway

Jj - do you have to smear it on?

04/08/2007 at 22:55
04/08/2007 at 22:55
debbo - I was in shetland last year and wasn't troubled by the midgies, yet my bro-in-law - very tough chap, ex NI army intelligence kinda bloke who's lived there for 15 years, hates them and is eaten alive every year.

the difference between him and a fluffy li'l cartoon?

I love Marmite.
04/08/2007 at 22:55
lurker - well, really.


Much too thticky...
04/08/2007 at 22:56
and a terrible waste!!!

debbo    pirate
04/08/2007 at 22:57
I love marmite too :-)
04/08/2007 at 23:16
Sorry to butt in and highjack the thread with another book but i have just finished reading "Between a rock and a hard place" by Aron Ralston.

You may have heard about that american hiker that got stuck in a cannyon when a boulder crushed his arm. Well, he wrote a great book about it with a very vivid account of his accident and the days he spent there.:o)
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