Don't Stop Me Now by Vassos Alexander
Published August 14, 2021
- Title Don't Stop Me Now
- Author Vassos Alexander
- Year 2016
- Genre Sports
This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part fitness. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking. Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. Each of the 26.2 chapters also features a fascinating insight into how others first started – from Paula Radcliffe to Steve Cram, the Brownlees to Jenson Button, Nicky Campbell to Nell McAndrew.
I read fewer books about running than I used to, now that I no longer participate in the activity myself, but I can’t help but indulge every now and then. This is from the long-running sports broadcaster, most notably known for his stint alongside Chris Evans on Radio 2, and details his own foray into running - from the very tentative early steps to try and improve health, to a huge ultra-running challenge.
Along the way, in true broadcaster style, he interviews and shares tips, tricks and histories from a variety of sports stars, including the wonderful Paula Radcliffe, and the multi-disciplinary Jenson Button. It’s very entertaining and well done.
Rating: 4 / 5