Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

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By (author) Adharanand Finn

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Electronic book text | 320 pages
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571274072
  • ISBN 13: 9780571274079

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Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year. It is shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. It is shortlisted in the Best New Writer category of the British Sports Book Awards. After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, from the Olympics to big city marathons, Runner's World contributor Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his family (and his running shoes), he moved from Devon to the small town of Iten, in Kenya, home to hundreds of the country's best athletes. Once there he laced up his shoes and ventured out onto the dirt tracks, running side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls and barefoot schoolchildren. He ate their food, slept in their training camps, interviewed their coaches, and his children went to their schools. And at the end of it all, there was his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in his first marathon, an epic race through lion country across the Kenyan plains.

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Adharanand Finn is an editor at the Guardian and a freelance journalist, writing regular features for the Guardian, the Independent and Runner's World. He is a former junior county cross-country runner and recently won a 10k in Exeter, Devon, where he and his family usually live. Follow his journey on or @adharanand.