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26.2 miles to happiness : a comedian's tale of running, red wine and redemption / Paul Tonkinson.

By: Tonkinson, Paul.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Sport, 2020Description: xxvi, 229 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472966261; 1472966260.Other title: Twenty-six point two miles to happiness.Subject(s): Tonkinson, Paul | Marathon running | Running -- Psychological aspects | ComediansGenre/Form: Autobiographies.DDC classification: 796.42/52 Summary: The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded 3-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire. Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the 'words of wisdom' and derision from Paul's anti-running friend, Richard.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

' Utterly joyous!' - Bryony Gordon

'The funniest book about running I have ever read. In fact it is the only book about running I have ever read, but it is HILARIOUS!' - David Walliams

'...insightful, inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny !' - Michael McIntyre
'Pain. Hope. Misery. Joy. All the big stuff. Excellent.' - Dara o Briain
'This book is funny (which I expected) and concerns running (ditto), but it is also exceptionally moving and profound . Don't be fooled- it's not really about completing a marathon. It's about life and all its joy and weirdness . Recommended to all ' - Miranda Sawyer

'Very good book ... very funny, very insightful, very inspiring' - Chris Evans, Virgin Radio
' Fabulous book ' - Radio 2

The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded 3-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire.
Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the 'words of wisdom' and derision from Paul's anti-running friend, Richard.

The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded 3-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire. Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the 'words of wisdom' and derision from Paul's anti-running friend, Richard.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • 5.45 a.m. Race Day (p. xii)
  • Part 1 Beginning: Miles 1-13
  • 1 November. Five months before the marathon. A conversation with Richard (p. 3)
  • 2 Scarborough 1981. The first run (p. 8)
  • London Marathon. Mile 1 (p. 14)
  • 3 2 January. Flat white orgy (p. 17)
  • 4 4 January. In da club (p. 25)
  • 5 Two days later. Bryony Gordon drags us south of the river (p. 30)
  • Mile 3. Woolwich Arsenal. Shark in the water (p. 35)
  • 6 Mid February. McIntyre Mayr madness (p. 38)
  • 7 10 February. This is a journey into time (p. 51)
  • Mile 10. Rotherhithe. Observations from the pack (p. 55)
  • 8 Scarborough 1982, 5:30 a.m. Teenage kicks for free (p. 58)
  • 9 Crouch End. Dirty Burger. Richard gets behind the sub-3 goal (p. 61)
  • 10 Late February. Tuesday track. The voices, the voices (p. 66)
  • Mile 13. Wapping. Halfway but NOT (p. 72)
  • Part 2 The Monster: Miles 13-20
  • 11 What's that coming over the hill? (p. 77)
  • 12 Why this is not a misery memoir (p. 88)
  • 13 Happy talking, talking happy talk (p. 96)
  • 14 Early March. You are my hero (p. 110)
  • Mile 16. Isle of Dogs. Peaking (p. 116)
  • 15 Six weeks to go. The life of the hero (p. 118)
  • 16 Five weeks before the marathon. Cuba (p. 126)
  • 17 The hardest week. 26 March - 2 April. 581/2 miles (p. 137)
  • 18 Pantsgate (p. 151)
  • Mile 18. Isle of Dogs to Canary Wharf. Crossing over (p. 155)
  • 19 York marathon. There are things we don't know we don't know (p. 160)
  • 20 Meaningful mantras. Rudeness (p. 168)
  • 21 The juice (p. 177)
  • Part 3 The Battle: Miles 20-24
  • Mile 20. Poplar. We go again (p. 185)
  • 22 Super Mario catch-up (p. 188)
  • Miles 21, 22. Limehouse to Shadwell. Knocked out (p. 191)
  • 23 Black Tuesday, 7 p.m. Three weeks before the marathon (p. 194)
  • Mile 231/2. Approaching the Embankment. A bearded intervention (p. 200)
  • 24 Two weeks before the marathon. Owning Richard (p. 205)
  • Part 4 Tipping Point
  • Mile 24. Blackfriars. The magical possibility (p. 211)
  • Part 5 Better
  • 25 Mile 25. The final corner (p. 217)
  • 26 Finished (p. 220)
  • 26.2 Bonita (p. 224)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 227)