Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth

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Faber & Faber, Apr 3, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages

Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

Winner - Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards

After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, from the Olympics to big city marathons, Runner's World contributor Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up.

Packing up his family (and his running shoes), he moved from Devon to the small town of Iten, in Kenya, home to hundreds of the country's best athletes. Once there he laced up his shoes and ventured out onto the dirt tracks, running side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls and barefoot schoolchildren. He ate their food, slept in their training camps, interviewed their coaches, and his children went to their schools. And at the end of it all, there was his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in his first marathon, an epic race through lion country across the Kenyan plains.

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

Adharanand Finn, a casual runner who "might have been really good" and also a writer for Runner's World magazine, sets out to realize the dream of many runners, visit what one journalist has called ... Read full review

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

Started very weak, I had concerns about the colonialist to be in first few chapters. however once the story moved to Item & Eldoret, the Kenyans were presented as more human & less super hero or other ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Adharanand Finn is an editor at the Guardian and a freelance journalist, writing regular features for the Guardian, the Independent and Runner's World. He is a former junior county cross-country runner and recently won a 10k in Exeter, Devon, where he and his family usually live. Follow his journey on http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/running-with-the-kenyans or @adharanand.

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