How two men transformed tragedy into the greatest race of their lives…


“Uncle Andrew and I are ordinary men, easy to miss if you walked past us on the high street. We are not talented or spectacular runners, but we know the gifts that running brings. Our attempt at a marathon together, my uncle in the driving seat of a standard NHS wheelchair (because the illness means he can no longer run), and me behind him, pushing all the way, is the golden thread throughout our story.  Our pursuit of ‘one last marathon’ for him became a joy for us in the context unexpected and unwanted news.”

How do people come together when tragedy tries to tear them apart?

When 39-time marathon runner Andrew Spriggs was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, he knew his running days were over. But a surprise message from his nephew Chris, offering to push him in his rickety wheelchair in one last marathon, reunites them in a race against time.

Rich with insights and inspiration, personal discoveries and unforgettable encounters, The Reason I Run is an astonishing story that will make you laugh, weep and wonder. Join Chris on an incredible journey that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The Reason I Run is published by Summersdale Press and is available here. You can also read about other offerings in our book section.