A bit about the Author

Matthew Crehan joined us for a #ukrunchat hour on May 13th. We learned that he grew up surrounded by running as his mum competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympic marathon for the UK; his Dad was a good county level runner and Olympic Coach for his Mum. Matthew himself was a county level runner but has been injured for several years and is just getting back into running.

 

‘The Art of Running’

I have to start by admitting that when I received this I didn’t realise it was going to be a graphic novel. I’ve never read one before and expected to struggle to get into it.

I downloaded it so I could check it out & planned on reading the 1st couple of pages before continuing with the rest at a later time. I started to read and was instantly hooked, I didn’t move until I’d finished it. I loved it. I confess that I didn’t know much about Steve Prefontaine before but now I see why he is regarded as a hero. This is a must read for all runners to learn about a running legend.

page 102-103

Steve Prefonatine was an American middle and long distance runner who went from being a hometown hero in Oregon, to a record setting phenomenon in college, and went on to became an international track ‘rock star’ of running. I’ve gone from not knowing much about him at all to feeling like I know him & his story well. Steve’s story is an epic one that has its happy & tragic moments.

‘The Art of Running’ captures Steve’s spirit and the emotion that he felt about running. You can feel the excitement and tension of the races, the sadness of the hard times that Steve went through, as well as his happiness when he could share his love of running with others.

page 40

Matthew Crehan has written this with a great passion and offers some great insights into the story. You can relive it as you are taken on a journey through the past that is too often forgotten. Steve followed his dreams with a unique grit & determination.

page 70

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”

“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today is a good day to die”

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts”

 

I’d highly recommend you have a read of this story as Steve Prefontaine was a legend and this novel will help his legacy live on.

 

Release Date: 30/5/2015

Available from:  http://www.mattcrehancomics.com/#!the-comic-shop/c1vtv

Twiitter: @matt_crehan

 

Review by Jenni Morris aka @_jen_mo

Back cover The Art of Running