‘A Running Life’ (Aspiring to Mediocrity) by Dave Hart

I recommend this book as a must read for those associated with the ‘Club’ for a number of years and for those who enjoy running at a recreational level right up to a ‘way of life’ level that we all get immersed in after a period in the sport.  Dave Hart is a Life Member who started running in the mid-sixties after discovering that his body was ‘developing some fat around his stomach’ and continued now 50 years on to be obsessed with the idea of just running.  Dave was a legend of the popular ‘Kingswood Marathon’ and many other Road Races around the Country.

This book reminds me of ‘Testament of an Athlete’ written by WR (Billy) Loader back in the 60’s although that was about sprinting and Dave’s is about true Road Running.

Much of the book is linked to Dave’s training and racing regime also covering his association with rival Dave Cordwell and his legendary Coach Ron Pannell.  Although not a Road Runner myself I feel that this book is a wonderful guide to those just setting out on the Recreational Runner pathway to life.

The book is derived from Dave’s meticulous training diaries and not only talks running but also the associated impact of everyday life and its effect on our running lives.  It stretches for 327 interesting pages with assorted photographs, is well constructed and is a thoroughly good read.

I think Dave has further copies but I do stress that there is some cost involved as it cost him around £10 each to get the books printed and published.

To older Members you really must walk down the Bristol AC memory lane with this fine read.

Mike Strange – 10 March 2017

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