Chasing Lost Times: A Father and Son Reconciled Through Running

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Random House, May 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Geoffrey Beattie is an extremely successful academic and celebrity psychologist. He was perhaps a less successful father. His obsession with his career and his driving passion for running when he was at home almost destroyed his relationship with his son, but, ironically, it is running that has brought them back together.

Chasing Lost Times is the emotional story of a father and son trying to repair a relationship through a shared activity that depends on sheer physical effort, the kind of physical effort that may once have been the source of commonality between father and son in all previous generations but which seems to be absent in the modern world.

 

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Ben and Sam on a boat trip on a family holiday to Turkey in the early 90s
hard lessons early on
Ben has just finished another race with a slightly worried look as if desperate to please

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A great running stride from the very beginning
Father and sons the hand on the shoulder says it all
Ben aged ten in the Sheffield Fun Run 1993
A caravan holiday with my mum in Wales Im stripped and ready for my run
my father was not long dead and my life had now changed
My first marathon Sheffield 1982 ten or so miles in
Father and son just after the Sheffield Half Marathon May 2011
Just finishing the Sheffield Marathon 1986 I look as fresh as a daisy but thats not how it felt inside
the finish at last Mick Hall
Ben in the Horwich 5K June 2011
Ben in the Yorkshire CrossCountry Championships in Wakefield January 2012 It never becomes easy Susie Whitelam
Ben in the Percy Pud 10K in Sheffield December 2011 It was freezing cold Susie Whitelam
Getting used to the heat in Santa Barbara September 2011
Training in Santa Barbara for the Pier to Peak Half Marathon September 2011
getting ready to set off on the hardest half marathon in the world September 2011 A little bit too relaxed
Crossing the finishing line of the worlds most difficult half marathon Mike BauffardSanta Barbara Pix
Lining up for the Chicago Half Marathon September 2011 The smile would soon fade
Father and son warming down after the Sheffield Half Marathon
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About the author (2012)

Geoffrey Beattie is a professor at the University of Manchester. Television viewers know him better as the resident psychologist in the popular reality show Big Brother. His academic publications have appeared in a wide variety of international journals, including Nature, and he has also written for a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The Observer.

Ben Beattie's ambition is to become an elite runner, a goal that he juggles with full-time work. If he takes two minutes off his half-marathon time, his ambition will be fulfilled, but those two minutes could take a lifetime.

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