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Andy Milroy and Alex Wilson

Len Hurst - The First Great Marathon Runner

Len Hurst - The First Great Marathon Runner

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On the morning of Sunday July 19 1896, thousands of Parisians awoke early to watch the world's first city marathon. The winner, by a mile, was a brickmaker from Sittingbourne in South East England. This is the story of Len Hurst.

About the Author

Alex Wilson was born in 1965 in the north of Scotland. He studied German at the University of Stirling. He is an enthusiastic amateur runner with modest aspirations and a lover of single malt Scottish whisky. For many years he has also been interested in the history of athletics, especially long-distance running, and occasionally researches and writes articles about former stars who have slipped into obscurity.

He works as a technical translator for a company in the pharmaceutical sector. He is married with two children and lives in Southern Germany.

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