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What's it like to run all night? To fall asleep while running? To hallucinate and see frogs, snakes and mice? To run for eleven hours in the worst pain you've ever felt? To be so tired that your vision blurs and solid objects are shrinking? To run while feeling sick for twenty hours? Ask an ultra runner. This is the tale of an ordinary guy who's done some far-from-ordinar What's it like to run all night? To fall asleep while running? To hallucinate and see frogs, snakes and mice? To run for eleven hours in the worst pain you've ever felt? To be so tired that your vision blurs and solid objects are shrinking? To run while feeling sick for twenty hours? Ask an ultra runner. This is the tale of an ordinary guy who's done some far-from-ordinary things. While he doesn't see himself as a runner, he's run some of the hardest races in the UK and Europe, including eleven races of 100 miles and a race in a mountain storm that headlined the BBC news. He's run over sixty races harder than a marathon, cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and climbed 2.2 million vertical feet up 570 different mountains. He's endured pain and hardship throughout, run a marathon on a broken leg and cycled for two days without food and water due to illness. This is the story of his adventures running ultra marathons and his build-up to running the UTMB, Europe's toughest foot race. It's interspersed with his take on everything surrounding ultra running, from planning, to training, to motivation, as well as tales of his other exploits in the great outdoors. About the Author Martin Thomerson has been running, walking and cycling in the hills of England and Wales for the last 25 years. He has never run a race less than a marathon or category A fell race. He is the first person to have climbed all Wainwright’s Lakeland Fells twice and all the 2,000-feet mountains of England and Wales twice. His current goal is to become a member of the 100 Marathon Club. He lives in Warrington with his wife, Clair, and two children, Kieran and Harry.


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What's it like to run all night? To fall asleep while running? To hallucinate and see frogs, snakes and mice? To run for eleven hours in the worst pain you've ever felt? To be so tired that your vision blurs and solid objects are shrinking? To run while feeling sick for twenty hours? Ask an ultra runner. This is the tale of an ordinary guy who's done some far-from-ordinar What's it like to run all night? To fall asleep while running? To hallucinate and see frogs, snakes and mice? To run for eleven hours in the worst pain you've ever felt? To be so tired that your vision blurs and solid objects are shrinking? To run while feeling sick for twenty hours? Ask an ultra runner. This is the tale of an ordinary guy who's done some far-from-ordinary things. While he doesn't see himself as a runner, he's run some of the hardest races in the UK and Europe, including eleven races of 100 miles and a race in a mountain storm that headlined the BBC news. He's run over sixty races harder than a marathon, cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and climbed 2.2 million vertical feet up 570 different mountains. He's endured pain and hardship throughout, run a marathon on a broken leg and cycled for two days without food and water due to illness. This is the story of his adventures running ultra marathons and his build-up to running the UTMB, Europe's toughest foot race. It's interspersed with his take on everything surrounding ultra running, from planning, to training, to motivation, as well as tales of his other exploits in the great outdoors. About the Author Martin Thomerson has been running, walking and cycling in the hills of England and Wales for the last 25 years. He has never run a race less than a marathon or category A fell race. He is the first person to have climbed all Wainwright’s Lakeland Fells twice and all the 2,000-feet mountains of England and Wales twice. His current goal is to become a member of the 100 Marathon Club. He lives in Warrington with his wife, Clair, and two children, Kieran and Harry.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ian Paul

    Rivetting read This book was an absolutely fascinating read. The author has a similar background and way of thinking as myself. However, the reasons he does such long races and I stick to 5k parkruns with the occasional 10 k thrown in a few times a year are well explained. I like the format of the book too. I was hoping there would be more runs but we are just about up to date. Thanks for the great, sometimes harrowing, descriptions of your endeavours: they make my one and only KIMM in Scotland l Rivetting read This book was an absolutely fascinating read. The author has a similar background and way of thinking as myself. However, the reasons he does such long races and I stick to 5k parkruns with the occasional 10 k thrown in a few times a year are well explained. I like the format of the book too. I was hoping there would be more runs but we are just about up to date. Thanks for the great, sometimes harrowing, descriptions of your endeavours: they make my one and only KIMM in Scotland look positively tame.

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