`A devoted and luminously romantic history of swimming' GuardianHaunts of the Black Masseur is a dazzling introduction to the great swimming heroes, from Byron leaping into the surf at Shelley's funeral to Hart Crane diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico.
This volume offers practical advice and tips on how to improve mountain biking skills, employing the latest techniques to create a holistic approach centred on a sound mental approach and correct body equilibrium. Photo-collages present the technique in a flowing, easy-to-understand manner.
With 19 spells at various clubs in the Football League, Jon Parkin has cut an instantly recognisable figure in English football for the past 20 years. At 6" 4' and weighing in as one of football's heavyweights, Parkin has
played more than 600 games during his time, to York where he is currently top scorer. This is his no-holds barred life story.
Great British Bike Rides brings together 40 of the best road rides in England, Scotland and Wales, searching out the country's most celebrated routes, toughest climbs and scenic roads. Rides feature detailed route information, bespoke mapping and a statistical breakdown of every detail cyclists require. Complemented with downloadable GPX files.
Running is more than just a sport. It is also a magical way to get offline and recover some of the joy that modern life increasingly denies us. In this book, the author sets out to discover why running means so much to so many.
The author moved to Japan to discover more about this unique running culture and what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. In this book he reveals, what he learned - about competition, about team work, about beating your personal bests, about form and about himself.
Part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part exploration of why we love to run without limits, this book is an account of running in a forgotten, rural way, observing wildlife and celebrating the joys of nature.
If you complete a bike race, overcoming mountain ranges and merciless weather conditions while enduring physical and psychological agony, in the slowest time, should you be branded the loser? This title flips the Tour de France on its head and tells the forgotten, often inspirational and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider.
Guy Martin, international road-racing legend, maverick star of the Isle of Man TT, truck mechanic and TV presenter, lives on the edge, addicted to speed, thoroughly exhilarated by danger. This autobiography is an intense and dramatic ride.
Written with a strong, irreverent and humourous writing voice, this book concentrates on the stories behind the legends, players and great matches of tennis history, exploring the weird, whacky, controversial and legendary moments of one of the world's most popular set of sporting events.
Running properly is an art, and the Alexander Technique helps runners improve their competitive performance, release tension, and lessen the risk of injury. With special exercises for the head, eyes, torso, and legs, this unique guide encourages a greater awareness of how the body functions and moves, and provides proven methods for boosting results, both in training and competition.
Celebrating the history of cycling from BMX and mountain biking, to track and road racing, this title is suitable for anyone with a love for cycling. It features the high-performance bikes and cycling technology, along with profiles of famous cyclists, and iconic manufacturers and brands.
Uncovers the ins and outs of women's triathlon: how to wear a sports bra under a wetsuit, the competition and camaraderie, whether getting over 'jelly legs' makes you a more resilient human being. This book is suitable for both the tri-curious and the dedicated tri-hard, and for any woman looking for inspiration.
A fond and fascinating tribute to George Finch (1888-1970), mountaineer, scientist, inventor and polymath, who pioneered the use of the artificial oxygen that enabled Everest to finally be conquered thirty years after his own attempt.
You can never take what you love too seriously. This book celebrates this fact. Instead of hydrogen to helium, it presents Pele to Sepp Blatter - 108 elements from the football pantheon arranged by their properties and behaviour on and off the pitch. It also includes a poster spaning over 150 years to offer an original perspective of the game.
Features batsmen and bowlers past and present - who have left a lasting legacy on cricket. This title includes patient and determined defensive players, from Jack Hobbs to Hanif Mohammad and Alastair Cook transitioning to fast-paced and attacking players including Shane Warne, Fred Trueman and 'white lightning' Allan Donald, among others.
Take the Alexander Technique into the pool--and improve your performance! Focusing on popular strokes, Steven Shaw shows swimmers how to release tension from their head, neck, and back. He breaks the exercises down into therapeutic movements that swimmers can practice alone or with a partner, and in water or on dry land. His insights set the stage for a more healthful swimming experience.
An account of the disaster in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised. It details the appalling treatment endured by the bereaved and survivors in the immediate aftermath, the inhumanity of the identification process and the vilification of fans in the national and international media.
This book evaluates the moral project of Olympism, analzying the changing value positions adopted in relation to the ideology of Olympism across the period from the 1890s to the present day. The book also analyzes discourses of Olympism concerned with youth, governance, sport for development and international relations.
This easy introduction to outdoor life will ensure that even a novice won't get lost in the woods while finding an activity he loves to do in the great outdoors. With 400 strategies for engaging in the outdoors, and expert tips and tricks, The Great Outdoors: A User's Guide makes Mother Nature easier to understand than ever before.
No cricketer of modern times has experienced Mike Yardy's highs and lows. A serial trophy winner with Sussex and England, as player and captain, but he suffered in silence as mental illness dogged his early career, until the walls closed in during the 2011 World Cup. Since then he has rebuilt his career and his life. Hard Yards is his unique story.
Updated with drills that reflect playing and coaching styles, this second edition includes variations for adding challenging elements to promote player development. It covers topics such as offensive, defensive and special teams play, as well as every player position and area of the game: tackling, passing, catching, blocking and kicking.
Discover the hidden corners of southern England, London and the south-east, travelling by bicycle along its ancient network of quiet lanes. From gentle spins to weekend camping adventures, wild seashores to enchanted woodlands and midnight escapades, LOST LANES will enthrall armchair explorers and inspire dedicated cyclists and families.
Addresses issues in methodology, contemporary issues in research methods and innovative trends in qualitative research that are addressed through case study examples from areas of research in sport studies. This title includes: historical methods; ethnography; auto-ethnography; embodied methods; interviewing; and, narratives.
Wembley, 30 July 1966... Geoff Hurst completes his hat trick... England are the World Cup champions. Everyone knows how the story ends, but how did it begin? How did Alf Ramsey assemble an England team to win the trophy for the first, and so far only time? This book charts the chequered path to eventual victory.