From Last to First: A Long-Distance Runner's Journey from Failure to Success (Paperback)
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From Last to First: A Long-Distance Runner's Journey from Failure to Success (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 03/04/2014
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Charlie Spedding describes himself as 'not particularly talented' - at least, compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among. These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon. So how did he end up with a bronze medal? How did he win the London Marathon? And why does he still hold the English record for the distance? In this remarkable autobiography he explains how - how someone who was almost bottom of the class when he first went to school, and even worse at sport, eventually turned himself into a genuinely world-class athlete, competing in top marathons all over the world, and genuinely going from last to first. As well as the enthralling life story of one of our finest distance runners, this book is a wonderfully clear and inspiring piece of life coaching for anyone who wants to make the most of their talents. But more than this, as Spedding says at the start, 'I believe that on occasions you can create the circumstances in which you can perform at a higher level than your talent says you can'. Spedding's own story, and his chronicle of the big races he excelled in, proves it's true. For anyone aspiring to run a marathon, or indeed anyone who wants to set themselves a goal they think beyond their reach - and achieve it - this is an essential book.

Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781781312223

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“Inspirational and enjoyable read”

Spedding describes the autobiographical events which led up to him winning various marathons, including london, and a bronze medal at the Olympics. I had thought it might be full of boring lists of names and times... More

Hardback edition
27th May 2011
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“For every athlete & coach”

Brilliantly written
This book should be read by all athletes and coaches as it is inspirational.
All interested in athletics, or any other sport, will enjoy Charlie's story.

Paperback edition
23rd May 2016
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