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Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession Paperback – April 25, 2005

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'A minor masterpiece.' Sports Book of the Week -- Frank Graham The Sunday Times 'A rousingly readable chronicle... The book wants for nothing in terms of rhythm and drama and tug.' -- Christopher Bray The Sunday Times, Culture 'Sports book of the season - a terrific story of fell-running and obsession.' -- Blake Morrison Guardian '[An] excellent book.' -- James Eve The Times 'One of the most effervescent books about anything - never mind fell-running - that I have ever read.' -- Dave Jones The Fellrunner 'Imagine how strange it feels not only to have read a book about fell-running, but to have enjoyed it so much that I am now contemplating trying the sport myself...a lovely little book'. Annalisa Barbieri, New Statesman -- Annalisa Barbieri New Statesman A beautifully written, potted history of fell-running and famouse fell-runners. Definitely worth a peep! Country Walking

About the Author

ROBERT McFARLANE is one of Britain's leading writers on nature and landscape. The author of The Wild Places, Original Copy and Mountains of the Mind, he is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. RICHARD ASKWITH is Associate Editor of the Independent and author of Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession. He lives in France.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (April 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845130820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845130824
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the twenty or so years of running trails and ultramarathons, mostly in the U.S., I have waited for someone who could portray what goes on "out there" while running. Fell-running is arguably more challenging than our U.S. trails--the idea that we are almost always on trails is the giveaway.

Askwith gives us history of the legendary runs, names that become people with the biographical chapters, and, the icing on the cake--he takes us with him on several runs. I suffered his DNF just as I have suffered my own, his introspection echoed the many others I have heard. It sounds trite, but he transposes the reader from the comfort of the warm chair to the cold challenge of a waiting hillside.

Well done, very well done.
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This is a great antidote to all the glamour and money in modern professional sport. A tale of hard men, in a neglected corner, who have done extraordinary things.
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Great inspirational story that have several parallell tracks - one is of course how the author gets started and after a while tries to complete the Bob Graham Round in 24 hours - another is meeting quite a number of people that are/have been influential in the fell-running culture. This is woven together in a clever way that makes for a very interesting read and really makes you want to pull on your runing shoes and head for a run. Good thinking about respect for nature and weather and that we need to take full responsibility when out among the fells.

The trigger for me to buy the book came from completing the 3peaks cyclocross race in Yorkshire Dales - couldn't help noticing that many of the strongest guys there came from a fell-running background. Next trip to England I may skip the bike and just bring my running shoes;)
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The reasons we fell or trail run, brilliantly articulated. If you don't already do it, then this book should provide the inspiration - or at the very least explain why some of us are mad enough to.
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Richard Askwith grabs us from the opening sentence...heck even BEFORE the opening sentence! The disclaimer is a first. Exhaustive research, but clearly a man's passion (so can we really call it work?), is ours to enjoy. Thanks Richard!
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