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Summary

An inspiring insight into one of the oldest extreme sports, this is the definitive story of fell-running. This is a complete portrait of one of the few sports to have remained utterly true to its roots. Richard Askwith’s journey takes him into a world of forbidding rockscapes, horizontal rain, fear, exhaustion and stunning natural beauty, as well as his own attempt at one of the toughest challenges imaginable: the Bob Graham Round, the sport’s traditional test of 42 Lake District peaks in 24 hours. 

Gripping, funny and moving, this is a story that any aspiring runner, endurance athlete or mountain-lover will understand well: of extremity, heroism and the experience of a lifetime.

©2004 Richard Askwith (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

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A detailed look into the secret world of fell running

An insightful look into the world of the fell running and the characters and camaraderie within this circle of mad men and women that make the sport what it is.

A little drawn out in places giving at some points details and history beyond the scope of the story narrative. Overall an enjoyable read.

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Bringing the emotional draw of the fells to paper

A wonderful, encyclopedic history of fell and mountain running. Hard not to fantasize about upping sticks and moving to a stone cottage in the Cumbrian Fells!

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Terrible narrator

Gave up in the first chapter as the narrator is awful. A real shame as I wanted to hear the full story.

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Inspirational

Really enjoyable book. Could not stop listening and I just feel like I need to get back to the Lake District.....not to fell run but to hike the same mountain and fells.

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Never miss an opportunity to read or listen this book

Amazing personal account of fell running
Kept justice to the spirit of the sport
Lots of in-depth research into topic
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Dated language and views, dull delivery

The narration is truly awful, enough to send you to sleep. I switched off at 'feelings are for girls' and returned the purchase.

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Classic book

I read the print version years ago and it was great to revisit it as an audiobook.
Richard is respectful of the fell running ethos and tradition and it is a nice blend of his personal journey interspersed with chapters about running legends, characters and races.
Beautifully written and well narrated.

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immense book by a superb author and fellsman.

read this book about 7 years ago before I was truly into walking/running just listened to the audio and am more inspired than ever to attempt the BGR.a truly fantastic book ❣️❣️

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Fantastic

An excellent reading of the classic Feet in the Clouds. If you have any interest in fell running books then you should definitely check this out. Funny at times, filled with interesting stories of the history of fell running in the lakes and of a few of the major characters, this is outstanding.

Finishes with a chapter with the author talking about the impact of the book that first was published in 2004.

Richard, please release more on Audible!!!