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Irish Runner Magazine – ‘A must-read for 2022.’

Dean Karnazes (New York Times best-selling author and ultra-distance runner) – ‘An intimate and uplifting story of grit, tenacity and healing and one that is sure to stir the soul.’ 

Marathon Man

MARATHON MAN is an uplifting story of an extraordinary achievement – all the more inspiring given that the author was an inexperienced long-distance runner and only 20 when embarking on his mission to run 35 marathons in 35 consecutive days. Alan Corcoran’s response to the shock of his dad’s stroke was to get active, create positive from negative and raise money for charity. Alan faced many obstacles along the road – beyond the sheer physical endurance challenge of running 1,500 kilometres around Ireland’s coast. He candidly submerges the reader into his world with an endearingly light touch, showing how through sheer perseverance, you can achieve your objectives. Alan’s Irish humour, positivity and pure determination shine through this new sports memoir. This motivational book will show you that you can succeed.

Kirkus Reviews – ‘A charming, detailed running account that should appeal to fans of endurance stories…sense of humour throughout…the prose is beautiful.’

LoveReading – ‘A fantastic read.’

Trail Running Magazine – ‘The best running books have character, an amazing tale and passion. This ticks all those boxes and more.’

Reedsy Reviews – 5/5 – ‘Alan Corcoran’s book is definitely different…engaging…refreshing.’

Canadian Running Magazine – ‘We were hooked in the first few pages. Corcoran’s descriptions of the training for, planning and execution of his dream are, by turns, hilarious and painful, and the accounts of each daily marathon are written in a charming Irish vernacular, increasingly joyful as the project nears completion.’

IndieReader – 4.5/5: ‘For runners and non-runners alike…a well-structured and well-edited memoir written with an admirable level of openness and honesty…touching, meaningful and cautionary tale.

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