26.2: Running the London Marathon by Julie Welch

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Reviewed: 16 April 2006

INSPIRING STORIES FROM ACROSS THE FLM FIELD, A GREAT READ

Truly inspiring for runners of all capabilities. Gives a bit of history, a decent general mile-by-mile course description and some FLM trivia, but the guts of the book are the testimonies of maybe 15 different runners from that year - from elite runners hoping for Olympic qualification to first-timers ecstatic to finish. It charts their reasons for running, their training, build-up and their race.
A fantastic read - I thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover of this. It covers a broad spectrum of runners and makes each of them come alive for you. It's written in an entertaining, often amusing, and light style, but one that really heightens the magnitude of the London Marathon and brought me to tears on quite a few occasions.
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