RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS longlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award


Adharanand Finn's sports memoir, RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS, documented his journey to Kenya to discover the soul of Kenyan long distance running.  Detailed accounts of training, poignant prose and well paced writing has struck a chord with running enthusiasts and readers alike and it is now longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

Victoria Pendleton's BETWEEN THE LINES, co-authored by Donald McRae, is also included in the longlist along with Simon Jordan's BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. With a total of 14 titles, the longlist covers a range of sports including running, football, cycling, rugby, and cricket. The award has been running for 24 years, and in addition to the £24,000 cash prize, the winner will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races. The short list will be announced on 26 October, and the winner revealed on 26 November. For more information on the William Hill Sports Award, please click here.

RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS is published by Faber and Faber in the UK and Ballantine in the USA.

We are thrilled with the success of RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS and this well deserved recognition for an outstanding memoir.    


'Finn's fascinating RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS teaches us how to run, and should be required reading for anyone planning their first fun run or marathon. In the tradition of the best sports writing he embedded himself fully in his subject and reveals, for the first time, just how close we are to the holy grail of the sub two-hour marathon.' -- Robin Harvie, author of WHY WE RUN

'...engaging memoir…Part of the enjoyment of this book is the depiction of how the family takes to this new life...For anyone who has ever run, this aspect of the book has a hypnotic aspect…Finn is good at depicting the intense focus needed for long distances…Finn's story is escapist and colourfully evocative…The book is populated with engagingly drawn characters and towards the end, Finn's quest - the burning need to attain a certain marathon time - is gripping.' -- Four Star Review, Sinclair McKay, The Telegraph