Peter Flatman was in his late twenties when he persuaded others to run a brutal road relay in Lancashire despite this being his first race. He did not look like a runner and was shortish and muscular. Some said his style was ugly. So why was he drawn to long distance running that, at best, only offered blood, sweat, tears, fatigue and pain.
Yet killing chickens from when he was 11 gave him a tough edge. Twelve years later he was described by Martin Duff as being the best, if not, the best Vet-40 in the UK.
Peter did not run at school, or as a teenager, yet confounded his critics with national rankings at 25k, 20 miles and the marathon. Peter’s story is enthralling, and he believes it’s never too late to start running.
Competing for the RAF and Combined Services gave him the confidence to become the founder of one of the first running shops in the UK.
Be inspired by Peter’s story, how he never gives up and finds a way to cope whatever Fate throws his way. Enjoy the pathos of the free-fall and the joy of the Cleveland Marathon. Peter Flatman was also a successful coach who
instilled inner-belief in his runners.
"Peter Flatman has done something here that enthusiasts for sport, of any kind, long to know about. He has written a memoir from a viewpoint so rarely experienced: that angle on life embedded in the actual tough and rough experience of the hard discipline involved in determination and survival."
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing this book. One criteria I look for when reading a story is that I am able to picture everything that is described. This book more than filled that – I was at the start of every race (so much so I could smell the wintergreen being rubbed into the participant’s legs!) There is plenty of local interest around several areas of the country.
The very interesting and quite fascinating back story made me intrigued as to what would happen next – not only in Peter’s personal and business life, but also as to where his next event would take place and where in the field he would be placed.
On the surface, although this book appears to be a story about running, it is so much more than this and will appeal to a much wider audience, whether they have an interest in running or not. The story, written as a memoir, shows how triumph over adversity can be achieved with determination and a positive mind set. I really hope there will be a sequel.
This book would make an excellent film.
Janet Houlton Rooney