Running with Sherman
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Running with Sherman


Wednesday 2nd October 2019

7.00pm - 9:00pm

Run and Become, 4a Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LN



Christopher McDougall returns to Run and Become to share stories from his new book Running with Sherman. Following his presentation we will have a book signing. Books will be available to purchase on the night.

When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans. Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working, pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for.
With the aid of Chris's menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife Mika and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.
Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, Born to Run (2009). His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to his next book, Natural Born Heroes (2015). McDougall also created the Outside magazine web series, "Art of the Hero." He currently lives with his wife, two daughters and a farmyard menagerie in rural Pennsylvania.

Christopher Christopher

Review from Shankara Smith

“Chris McDougall’s first book Born to Run was a sensation, inspiring millions to find new enjoyment in their running. Arguably his effect on the business side of running was the sports shoe brands investing in a new approach to running shoe design, the effects of which we still benefit from today. 

Chris’s latest book Running with Sherman will have you falling in love with running all over again and inspire you to feed the fun in your runs. It will also nurture a desire in you to get a goat (yes, goat. Or donkey for the more adventurous and patient) – or is that just me? 

The magic of Chris is his combination of curiosity, open heartedness and warmth. Oh, and a very adventurous spirit. So, this is not just a book about racing with a donkey; it’s about our need as a species to connect with the world around us; to give, to receive and to learn from nature, animals and fellow humans. To tolerate and encourage the vast variety of expression that we humans embody.

I devoured this book and it’s left me with more wonder at the world and more hope for us all. This is not just a book for the sporty or the adventurous, it will help anyone who’s struggling, anyone who’s feeling trapped, anyone who feels the world can be too judgemental or too restricting in its expectations. From trying to find a way to cheer up a sad donkey, Chris ends up discovering secrets to aid mental health, how discipline can make you much happier, and crucially in these divided times how to have a great experience and forge respect for those on the polar opposite ends of the political scale from yourself.

We can’t wait to host Chris at Run and Become once again. He’s a total gem.”

– Shankara Smith, Owner of Run and Become

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