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The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded three-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire.

Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the ‘words of wisdom’ and derision from Paul’s anti-running friend, Richard.

©2020 Paul Tonkinson (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"I couldn't put it down....insightful, inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny!" (Michael McIntyre)

"This book is that rare thing - something that actually makes me want to run another marathon. Utterly joyous!" (Bryony Gordon) 

"The funniest book about running I have ever read. In fact it is the only book about running I have ever read, but it is hilarious!" (David Walliams)

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inspiring.

I discovered the Running Commentary a few months ago, training for my first marathon. learning that Paul Tonkinson was releasing a book on running sub 3 (my own personal goal) I knew I had to listen. it was surprisingly touching, very personal in places and really revealing. it both explains Paul's need for running, and how he became a stand up comedian. I've been listening to this whilst training, and as I'm doing 55 miles per week at the moment have finished it in less than a week. I got quite emotional when he described his wife's face, and felt the euphoric high of the last chapter during a 6km recovery run. this is definitely a book I'll be revisiting. Fantastic.

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Amazing read!

Not only is this the best running book I've ever listened to (and there have been a lot), this is one of the best books of any type I've listened to. Paul's narration is fantastic, taking you on a journey of discovery and self fulfillment that is both inspiring and makes me want to run more. Highly recommended!

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Don’t Judge a Book (Audio) by its Cover

For some reason the cover of this audiobook put me off downloading it for a long time?! No idea why. However, a fantastic audiobook. Great story telling, humorous, cleverly written. Not a runner myself (prefer being on two wheels) however this shouldn’t put you off listening!

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More please

Great book. Well written, funny, informative but certainly not self indulgent. Balance between amusing stories of his life, running talk and an overall smooth fluidity throughout. Thanks PT.

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Just awesome

I loved this book and can't recommend it enough. I love the honesty and grit Paul possesses.

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Great listen for both runners and none runners

Loved this book. Perfectly captured a man's personal journey to getting into the right headspace to run a marathon. Funny, touching and relatable to both runners and none runners. Highly recommend.

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Much more than a running book

As a 47 year old Northern runner I greatly appreciated this wonderful book. surprisingly profound

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Inspirational read!

Great read for runners or non runners. Paul Tonkinson writes the book with humour, honesty and pride at his achievement. Having not ran a marathon this has given inspiration but also a great insight into what is required to succeed.

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Great listen!

Best running audio book I've listened to. The most relatable aswell. Must listen for all types of runners.

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well written and read - hugely enjoyable.

I do prefer a book narrated by the author because they can put their passion for the subject into it; which Paul does.