Emil Zatoopek

Five top lockdown running reads

What better way to alleviate the lockdown blues than by losing yourself in a great running book? To help you navigate the online stores, Chris Broadbent selects five must-reads from the world of running.

What I Think About When I Think About Running by by Haruki Murakami
The Japanese novelist moves into non-fiction sharing his own joyful experiences of running, extolling the benefits in a way all runner can understand, but few can articulate so beautifully.

Feet in the Clouds by Richard Askwith
A multi-award winning and outstanding read that shines the light on the cult of fell running. Rich in the history, unique characters and personal experiences, it is a breathless and captivating read from first to last.

Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth by Adharanand Finn
A great insight into a country where long-distance running is a national obsession. He embeds himself into the East African culture and personally inspired by them. The passion runs through this engaging read.

This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey
There are plenty of running autobiographies and to be honest, not many worth recommending. After all, a rock n roll lifestyle is incompatible with that of an elite athlete. But this book is a refreshing break from the norm, with Jo’s life as a prodigious teenager, burgeoning physio career, return to the sport, agonising failures and ultimate success in her 40s capturing the heart.

Today We Die A Little by Richard Askwith
A unique biography into the life of Czech running icon Emil Zatopek (pictured in race action above). An Olympic hero whose life should have been a long celebration after his incredible triple gold at the 1952 Helsinki Games and yet this principled man became entangled in the darkness of the Cold War. The result is fascinating.

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