Standing on the edge of a midlife crisis, it seemed so easy to slip into a year of mediocrity and meaninglessness. Tom Cottrell decided on an alternative; he would run a marathon on every continent, raise money for the hospice he worked for and write a book to tell the story. All within the year he turned 50. The purpose of his pilgrimage was to seek out and grow his Soul and to write a love letter to his family.
Tom's early years were peppered with tragedy. His father died before he was born and his mother died early on in his life. He is the only survivor of an ambush while in the South African army fighting in Namibia.
He is also the survivor of a horrific motor accident in which is brother- in-law was killed, leaving behind a young family. Told he would never be able to run because of his extensive injuries, he decided to give defiant yet dignified expression to these seemingly limiting circumstances.
Running marathons provide the backdrop and movement for a man who stands on centre stage and engages with his spirit guides and struggles to finish the quest. As he runs around the world he finds truth and wisdom from these guides while answering pointed questions from Terry Jack, a sports commentator who often interviews him while in the bath.
The narrative is autobiographical and written in the first person. More than running, this is a story of a man who found himself and loved his family in the process.