â€œMalcolmâ€™s enthusiasm for running is infectious and there were several occasions while I was reading the book when I felt compelled to don my running gear and brave the great outdoors even though the weather conditions were appalling. A Marathon Odyssey is a thoroughly good read and should appeal to runners and non-runners alike. It is a book that testifies that everything is possible if one has the ambition and resolution to pursue a dream. I really enjoyed the book. Indeed, I wouldnâ€™t have read it as quickly if I hadnâ€™t found it totally absorbingâ€
Jack Brooks (Secretary, 100 Marathon Club, United Kingdom; The Running Club for runners who have run 100 marathons or more.
â€œA Marathon Odysseyâ€ will surely inspire runners across the world, from those new to the event to established, experienced marathon enthusiasts. Its blend of well researched history combined with personal accounts of Malcolmâ€™s introduction and progression to experienced marathon runner make this a thoroughly enjoyable book. A must for anyone contemplating the 26.2 miles, those already hooked on the event, and anyone interested in marathons and running in general.â€
Scott Umpleby (Race Director of Brathay Windermere Marathon, and 10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge, United Kingdom)
â€œMalcolm Anderson creates for himself a worthy quest and sets about methodically building toward it. In what in less skilled hands could be a dull retelling of workouts run and benchmarks accomplished, A MARATHON ODYSSEY comes alive under Malcolmâ€™s care due in large part to his constant sense of humor and his clean, clear writing style. Coming out the other end of his noble quest, Malcolm is quick to acknowledge that his is far from the only odyssey being completed on the roads to and from Marathonâ€
Rich Benyo (Editor of Marathon & Beyond, and author of 18 books on running, health and fitness)
“It is a great idea to weave reflections on the history and culture of running around the motif of a journey to several races, and Malcolm Anderson’s writing is always lucid and enjoyable.”
Roger Robinson (author of Running in Literature, and co-author, with Kathrine Switzer, of 26.2 Marathon Stories).
Iâ€™m a â€œnon-avidâ€ reader, but I had available time to start reading this exciting book on a Saturday afternoon and finished reading all 394 pages by the next evening!!! As a non-runner who has attended more than 300 marathons to be a volunteer or support person, I want to add that Malcolm gave us a book that I â€œcouldnâ€™t put downâ€ until I had read every page!!
Lenore Dolphin, North American 100 Marathon Club
â€œIt was only a little after I had been introduced to Malcolm on Sunday night that I was told he was an accomplished author on marathon running. As an avid reader and collector of running books I was immediately interested. Iâ€™ve since gotten my hands on Malcolmâ€™s latest work â€œA Marathon Odysseyâ€ which I can absolutely confirm is a great read. Iâ€™m sure Malcolm wouldnâ€™t mind me saying that heâ€™s not a current world record holder nor likely to set one soon, but itâ€™s his â€˜ordinarinessâ€™ that made his book such a good read. There was so much I could identify with and recognise from my own experience. The text is beautifully written and would be perfect for anyone who has an interest in marathon running.â€
Mick Rice (Athenry Athletic Club, Ireland).