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Fartleks & Flatulence Ė David Berridge

Reviewed by Edward Chapman


I approached this book with some trepidation, David is a friend so I did not want to have to say anything unpleasant. Iíve come across quite a few books that people have written after taking on a few challenges; most are not very engaging and are often poorly written.


Iím pleased to say I liked this book and not because I get a mention in the chapter about the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. It is a very absorbing account of some very big challenges, from multi-day races in deserts to epic events in the Arctic with a few mountain events and a couple of triathlons thrown in as well. It all started with a 10 minute TV clip about the Marathon des Sables and things snowballed from there. David tells it as it is, no hype just good honest observation in a very engaging style. I couldnít put the book down; I wanted to know what happened next in each event and did he finish (not all had happy endings) and then I wanted to know what his next adventure was going to be.


Read this book and you will know what it is like to take part in some of the toughest footraces in the world. You will also know what it takes to succeed. I like his words right at the end.

 ďDo you think you should have a go? You should. Will you finish? If you really want the finish line you will.Ē


Buy this book if you are even half thinking of taking on a big challenge. Buy this book if you want to be inspired. Buy this book and give it to someone who doesnít understand why you do the crazy stuff you do. Donít buy this book if you donít want to leave your comfort zone and experience that incredible feeling you get when you complete an extreme challenge.

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