Book From Last To First - Charlie Spedding

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This is Charlie Spedding's inspirational and amusing autobiography of how a boy, with grit, determination and proper training, can go from the worst in the class in sports to an Olympic medal winner. Charlie Spedding is the English record holder for the marathon, a winner of the London Marathon, and the last British athlete, male or female, to win a medal in the Olympic Marathon.


This book is about running, because it was running Charlie was good at, but the story he tells has a message for everybody: find what you are good at, and then become the best you can - at whatever it is. His sense of humour keeps you entertained throughout: he once was asked to visit a psychiatrist

"who believed that some of his patients were not mentally ill but merely eccentric, and would benefit from meeting people accepted in the community for excelling at what might be considered eccentric things, such as running 26 miles 365 yds.

The consultant introduced him to a patient. ' Tom, this is Charlie Spedding. He is an Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon.' To which Tom replied, 'Charlie, it's alright. When I came in here I thought I was Henry VIII.' "


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