Running to escape the horrors of war

Jonathan Westaway explores why there was a boom in the popularity of endurance running following the First World War

Jonathan Westaway explores why there was a boom in the popularity of endurance running following the First World War. (Image by Getty Images)

Following the First World War, endurance athletes in the English Lake District and elsewhere devoted themselves to smashing long-distance running records. Jonathan Westaway explores how endurance running’s boom in popularity was in part a reaction to the horrors of the global conflict.

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