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Irongran

How Triathlon Taught Me That Growing Older Needn't Mean Slowing Down
Narrated by: Charlotte Emmerson
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Summary

At the age of 50, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half marathon. Until that point, she'd done little running, and her exercise regime consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs. 

In common with so many people, any interest she'd shown in sport in her childhood had diminished as her adult life progressed, with spare time becoming ever more limited in the face of work and family commitments. But the half marathon was the first of what was to become a hugely impressive trajectory of sporting accolades and successes. 

After that event, and following the loss of her husband of 30 years to cancer, she completed a marathon. Now nearly 74, the past 20 years have seen her take part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe, and she has accrued many medals and awards. 

In Irongran, Eddie looks back on her life and explains just how she's managed to develop the energy to match the enthusiasm she's always had for an active lifestyle. She shares the difficulties she's experienced in her sporting endeavours and explains how she's managed to overcome them. 

Eddie is passionate about the health and well-being of our ageing population and provides up-to-date research about why keeping active in later years is so important, along with guidance about how to remain full of life in your later years.

©2018 Edwina Brocklesby (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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What a pity........

that the book was spoiled by a monotone, extremely boring reader. Her tone never changed. It didn’t make any difference if she was reading a dramatic, tragic or funny incident. The reader sounded bored herself. The book could have been read by a computer.

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The best book I've read on Triathlon.

Awesome blueprint for a 1st timer like me and more experienced athletes. I learnt so much and it schooled and talked me through so many lessons learnt

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Inspirational for all.

An incredible story of loss, love and learning. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge and inspiring story we can all learn a lot from this book.

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disappointing

I bought this book for inspiration, unfortunately it was a self promotiing, name dropping, ego trip on behalf of the author.

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So inspiring!

A fantastic book which I found really inspirational. Edwina is an amazing lady, not only for her outstanding physical achievements, but also for the incredibly important volunteering work she has done, in particular with Silverfit. The book was not what I had expected and I enjoyed it so much more than I originally had anticipated. I found the narrator mildly annoying with pace and some of the pronunciations, but the content made persevering well worth the while. Read/listen to it, and then buy it for your mum/dad/grandparents/friends. The book has an incredibly important message to get across, that for the sake of our own mental and physical well-being, we all need to get out and about more, and take responsibly for our own health through personal activity and social interactions. Eddie's own personal story had me both chuckling and crying during my daily commute. Recommended for all.

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An incredible woman

Eddie's story is absolutely amazing - from starting running at age 50 she has run marathons, competed in triathlons, cycled across America and represented Team GB in her age group. All that while working as a social worker and parent. The only thing I found a bit grating was the narrators mispronunciations, but I guess many people will gloss over that.

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BEWARE Awful narration

It was enjoyable despite the narrator picking up a book for the first time. Come on a book about a triathlete and maybe the narrator or producer would realise there are two sylables not three in the word ATHLETE. Also place names mangled throughout.

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Great inspirational book, shame about the narrator

Edwina is an amazing woman. Totally inspirational with her charity work and determination. She does nothing by half! However, listening to Charlotte Emmerson is painful. The mispronounciation of Kona to Conner left me at one point wondering where she was referring, Chassis becomes Chasse and constant untimely inflections plus falling over punctuation gaps is somewhat off putting. I would never class myself as a literary perfectionist but it's enough to put me off listening to any other book read by her. An unfortunate let down for what is a great trip through someone else's amazing life.

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What an inspiration.

I wondered where it was going at the beginning but am so glad I persevered. My job and lifestyle were very sedentary for a while, after being very active for many years, and I suffered with health issues as a result. In my view Edwina is so right about keeping active. I really enjoyed the story and am more determined to keep active, especially in the winter when it is so much harder.

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Inspiration

Inspirational and insightful. The narration is quite annoying though. As if the narrator was slightly off guard throughout