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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
5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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  • Leanne
  • Dubbo, Australia
  • 10-07-2019

favourite book of 2019

great insight into the eorld of ultrarunning. has motivated me to pursue my own goals towards an ultra in 12 months from now.

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Great read

A really good read. Found it to be captivating and a very good story was being told

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  • Salman A.
  • 02-07-2019

Ultra runner account

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

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  • Debs M-C
  • 03-06-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2019

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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  • Rowland Booth
  • 11-07-2019

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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  • mr p compton
  • 07-07-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2019

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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  • Jason Russell
  • 26-06-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-2019

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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  • simon Stenhouse
  • 16-06-2019

Some interesting insights..<br />

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2019

Inspirational and awakening!

Through Adharanand Finn' s experiences and suffering he has reformatted the way I think about running and I am now capable of so much more. His experiences are simply awe inspiring, gripping and read with emotion.

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  • Steven M
  • 10-06-2019

Loved it!

I listened to and enjoyed Adharanand's other books; however, I think this is my favourite. With the other books I didn't enjoy the narrating and was really pleased to see Adharanand narrating this one. What I appreciated most was the level of technical detail he explored as well as the numerous stories and/or interviews with the personalities of the Ultra world. A really enjoyable book.