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Imagine Monty Python meets Terry Pratchett and you'll have an idea of what to expect from 'The Haddock Flies at Midnight'. Keven Shevels, previously known for his walking and fell running guides to the north west of England, has given us a real comedic treat for these dark days. The tone is set from the first page of the first chapter when the main character, Ivor Dogsbreath, conducts a conversation with the 'Arthur', who makes it abundantly clear that what he writes goes and he will write anything for a laugh. The reader can sit back and wait for his giant foot to descend and cause mayhem and humiliation to his 'hero'. Ivor is a clerk in the housing department of his town's local council and, as such, is roped in to help the local police and two MI5 information gatherers, who suspect there's a threat to security in the area. We are then introduced to a group of six Muslims, living in a council house in the same town. Their first problem to overcome is that caused by the fact that they are all called Mohammed, except for Justin. Their second is where to get the supplies they so desperately need. Equally desperate are the members of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Brotherhood of Satanists and Associated Followers of Beelzebub. Where are they going to find a virgin for their next human sacrifice in this town? And then there's Jedidiah Makepeace the Third, leader of the Church of Righteous Souls, on a mission from America to restore the faith in the town to it's former greatness. This mainly involves waging war on the local LGBT community, who meet in The Lace Bridle. Their sermonising falling on deaf ears, they are determined to get hold of guns to replace those confiscated from them at the airport to make people listen. The person all these groups turn to to provide for their needs is Cyril Edgington-Smythe and the story then proceeds to descend into glorious chaos, culminating in the 'Battle of Edwin's Bottom', where all the 'customers' turn up together to collect their spoils, watched by the SAS and Immigration officials, not to mention two owls. This is a totally irreverent, utterly ridiculous, completely hilarious laugh out loud 'hoot' of a book that I can't recommend enough. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador
Most runners think that the ability to run well downhill is something that you are born with or is handed to you when you leave the asylum. Rather it is a skill that, with correct conditioning and practice, can be prepared for and learnt. This guide will show you how to improve your downhill running.
Trail and fell running. As more runners leave the boredom of the roads and seek the challenges and pleasures of running in the open countryside, what can they expect to await them? This book takes the newcomer to this, the most rewarding and natural of all the athletics disciplines, and guides them through their baptism of off-road running.
Whether you trail or fell run, one of the crucial aspects is the ability to run well uphill. All runners know the benefit of hill reps but there is far more to conquering the hills than that. This guide will show you how to prepare physically, the techniques to practice and how to plan a training programme to improve your uphill running.
The booklet first explains the differences between trail and fell running. In the training section the constituent parts, namely uphill running, downhill running, endurance running, speed training and running over different terrain are examined with sections on strength training and appropriate flexibility sessions for the trail and fell runner. The section then concludes with advice on training sessions and how to construct different types of sessions to maximise your training. The relevant clothing and equipment for the two types of running are explained and why some aspects are made compulsory for all competitors in fell races. The booklet finally concludes with a section on what to expect when you compete in your first trail or fell race, about the registration, the facilities, what to expect when you are out on the course and what happens when the run is over.