Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days

Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days

by David Gething


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The World Marathon Challenge—seven marathons on seven continents in seven days—is the ultimate race for adventurous runners. It tests the athletes to their limits, going from biting cold Antarctic conditions one day to dry desert heat another. To survive the onslaught of sensations—fear, fatigue, depression, elation—takes a special sort of determination and strength of will. Few would voluntarily take on such a challenge, and fewer still would finish it.

Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is David Gething’s amazing story of his journey from a middle-aged couch potato to a World Marathon champion. Gething gives a deeply personal and candid view of what it is like to compete in one of the most demanding amateur sporting events on the planet, including the sacrifices made just to get to the start of the race and what it takes to win. He describes in detail each individual contest—originating in Antarctica and ending in Australia a week later—and the physical, emotional, and psychological sides of this grueling, multi-day stage race. Far from just depicting the event itself, Gething also delves into the interpersonal relationships, rivalries, and bonds that form on this adventure that is like no other.

Featuring photographs taken during the event from Gething’s personal collection, and including private emails to and from the author and his family and friends, Relentless gives a truly unique and intimate view into the inner workings of this punishing ultra-endurance battle. Marathon runners, sporting enthusiasts, and anyone with a dream and a determination to succeed despite the odds will find Gething’s journey a fascinating and inspiring story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442260528
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2016
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Gething won the World Marathon Challenge in January 2015, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, and setting two new world records in the process. Specialising in long-distance events, he has competed in numerous marathons including the famed Boston Marathon, Ironman triathlons, Ultraman Florida, Norseman and Celtman Extreme Triathlons, and multi-day European bicycle stage-races. He is a regular contributor to local magazines and publications, including the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper. When not training and racing, Dr. Gething is a veterinarian in Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Story of the Beginning xv

1 The Starting Line 1

2 Marathon 1: Antarctica: Union Glacier: A Trial byFire in the Coldest Place on Earth 15

3 Marathon 2: South America: Punta Arenas, Chile: The Shakedown 27

4 Marathon 3: North America: Miami, United States of America: The Forging of the Alliance 51

5 Marathon 4: Europe: Madrid, Spain: The Painful Test 79

6 Marathon 5: Africa: Marrakech, Morocco: The Unraveling 101

7 Marathon 6: Asia: Dubai, United Arab Emirates: When to Win Alone Would Have Been a Loss 123

8 Marathon 7: Oceania: Sydney, Australia: The Final Showdown 143

Epilogue 173

Appendix: The Final Standings 177

Index 181

About the Author 185

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