The Reason I Run

How Two Men Transformed Tragedy into the Greatest Race of Their Lives

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 11 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781849537247

About the book

How do people come together when tragedy tries to tear them apart?

When 39-time marathon runner Andrew Spriggs was diagnosed with motor neurone disease he knew his running days were over. But a surprise message from his nephew Chris, offering to push him in his rickety wheelchair in one last marathon, reunites them in a race against time.

Rich with insights and inspiration, personal discoveries and unforgettable encounters, The Reason I Run is an astonishing story that will make you laugh, weep and wonder. Join Chris on an incredible journey that will stay with you for the rest of your life.


About the author

Chris Spriggs is a runner (in denial about getting slower), writer and coach. He is founding director of the mentoring charity Lifespace Trust and a coach at He lives just outside Stratford-upon-Avon with his triathlete wife and three children. Chris has spoken on local BBC radio stations and BBC Radio 5Live and written for a number of national publications, including Men’s Running and Youthwork. You can find him on Twitter at @ThinkSmileRun and he blogs at 


'A captivating story revealing how the power of running changes lives.'

Jo Pavey