Category Archive: Book Reviews

Sep 10 2016

Whipper In: History of North East Cross Country

WHIPPER IN The Northumberland and Durham Paperchase League, the Early Years, the Forerunner of the North East Harrier League by Archie Jenkins   Modern day cross country running evolved from the public school activity ‘Hare & Hounds’ or ‘Paper Chasing’. This human form of hunting embraced the terms commonly used in the field sport. The …

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Sep 17 2014

DVD Review: Spirit of the Marathon

Club member Danny Fletcher reviews the documentary Spirit of the Marathon.   “When you Cross the finish Line, it will Change Your Life Forever” There are a few of us in the club that have run a marathon in the past, some that have run many, but I am certain there are just as many that …

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Sep 14 2014

Rainbow Led; Book Review

Rainbow Led, Athletics in the North East of England 1914-18 by Archie Jenkins researches both a brief history of athletics before and after World War 1 but also the many military cross country races sanctioned by the North East Counties Cross Country Association during the conflict. Illustrations are included to give a flavour of the …

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Sep 11 2013

Advanced Marathoning: Book Review

This book is the Bible for marathon training programs; it helped me go from a time of 03:51 (2008 Robin Hood Marathon) to a finish time of 03:06 in the 2012 Marathon of the North.

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Sep 06 2013

Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict

Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict by Phil Hewitt Published 2012 Print list price £8.99 Kindle £4.79 Author Phil Hewitt, Oxford University educated, art journalist gets you quite annoyed at how he simply gets a freebee entry into the London marathon, which he happily mentions 3 or 4 times throughout his book. …

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Sep 05 2013

The country and the city: a book review of two halves

Run Wild Boff Whalley Simon & Schuster, £14.99 (or from City Library) I. First half: the city If you love city-based marathons, look away now. Boff Whalley, one of the founder members of the band Chumbawumba (‘I get knocked down…’) and member of Pudsey & Bramley AC (once national fell running champions) doesn’t love them …

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Sep 14 2012

Book Review: Why We Run, by Robin Harvie

Why We Run: A Story of Obsession Robin Harvie John Murray, £8.99 We’re all a little obsessed. Some more than others, of course—a quick look around any running club will tell you that (naming no names!). For Robin Harvie, the obsession was running the Spartathlon. Harvie’s book is an enthralling tale of one person’s attempt …

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Sep 11 2012

Book Review: Eat and Run, Scott Jurek

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Scott Jurek (with Steve Friedman) Bloomsbury, £12.99 If you’re ever in doubt what a book’s going to be like, turn straight to the index. A: Activate Isolate Stretching Technique; addiction to running; addicts, recovering as ultramarathoners; aid stations. H: hamstrings, Hardrock 100, heat. V: vegan diet; …

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