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The Rise of the Ultra Runners

A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance
Narrated by: Adharanand Finn
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

Marathons are no longer impressive.

Pain is to be relished, not avoided. 

Hallucinations are perfectly normal. 

Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illness? 

Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and from a 24-hour track race in Tooting to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 

The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

©2019 Adharanand Finn (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Brilliant!

Loved this. I listened to this while running and often my mind drifts, but I was gripped by this. It’s not just for ultra runners. Perfect for anyone interested in endurance sports. So well researched, with lots of interesting facts and stories.

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Fantastic Finn gets to the heart of ultra running

A gripping story from the very start giving a firsthand insight into the world of ultra running.
Finn manages to weave the story of his own ultra running journey to the utmb, with interviews of elite ultra runners as well as taking on issues surrounding doping and ethics in sport. A must read/listen for me!

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Brilliant story, excellent narration

I went to run a 5k park run on Saturday. As I headed off on the first km I thought "maybe I could run 100, you just have to keep going, right?".
This book brought me along on a fantastic journey and as the wife of an ultrarunner I could relate to the struugles he went through along the way. I was gripped by the story and even gave up my usual morning podcast as I walked to work to hear what happened next.
If it was a paperback I'd say it was unputdownable! Well worth a listen.

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Best ultra running back I’ve read/listed to!


absolutely loved it. This is my 3rd of 4th book on Ultra running and the best one by far. He starts in a place where i am now (marathon runner) and progresses into ULTRA as a journalist assignment, meeting all the stars and describing the races from the perspective of a beginner at first before becoming more experienced. He has quite a poetic way about his writing and reaches I place I want to go to too.

It has triggered me to sign up for my first ultra (Mozart Ultra) and I will probably listen immediately again as it has been brilliant, exciting, funny and touching almost bringing a tear out of me at the end.

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Inspiring stuff!

I wasn't planning on running another ultra after the first one took its toll, maybe now I'll give it another go, next year! Great story Finn, could listen to you all day mate.

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Beautifully Open!

An ideal book for those at the start of their ultra running journey, lots of helpful personal experiences and anecdotes that I’d imagine describe most people’s early journeys. Including how you think of yourself as a runner.
Also a great intro to the thinking of elites. Maybe my favourite of the AF series.

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A heart and soul approach to ultra running

This book is an absolute must if you have any interest or aspirations to be an ultra runner. I’m on to my second ultra in September and this book is a brilliant exploration of the motivation(s) for running ultras, an insight into the struggles and mindset of others and an inspiration to embrace the challenge. As a teacher, husband and a father of two, it is refreshing to hear of the experiences of someone outside the elite circle of runners. Thank you for the book, it has become tackling fuel for future mental battles that will undoubtedly lay ahead in future challenges. Thank you, Russ

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Superb

Listened to it 3 times already.
Really enjoyed the fact that it was the author reading it. That meant more when you are listening to his trials.

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Great listen!

I’ve enjoyed Adharanand’s (he really needs to start using a catchier short name!) previous books but this one I think stands out above it them all. Someone who goes to the outer fringes of their capability really grips you with their story.

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Some interesting insights..<br />

Some interesting insights..... Very well worth the read, or listen to it in my case

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  • Salman A.
  • 02-07-19

Ultra runner account

As a person whom ran these races, I find it very very very very boring

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