Yorkshire running legend races to top book spot
Peter Flatman's incredible late arrival on the national athletics stage provides the backbone for the hugely inspiring Running to Catch Up.
The Yorkshire pensioner's brilliant book has already reached the top of the biography and sports charts with online retailer Amazon.
And the father-of-four's remarkable story has been met with entirely five-star reviews by readers.
Peter said: "Running to Catch Up is about me - a family man who sets out to challenge himself, despite being close to 30 and not a natural athlete.
"Moreover, my excessive zeal brought on a hip injury that side-lined me for three long years.
"However, my best was yet to come, and I continued to set personal bests into my 40s.
"Running to Catch Up is also about my trials and tribulations, peppered with plenty humour and self-deprecation.
"I hope the book romps along and is inspirational to any runner wanting to reach their potential and experience the joy of being a long-distance athlete."
Peter spent 13 years in the RAF as a medic before taking up a position on civvy street as a medical sales representative.
But his greatest career success came with the opening of his own sports shop in Hull during the mind-1970s, which led to a chain of outlets with a £2 million annual turnover.
Since retiring from coaching athletes five years ago Peter, who now lives in Beverley, has concentrated on writing Running to Catch Up.
Peter, who has a degree in creative writing, added: "The book is based almost entirely on my own experience.
"But I also had over 2000 copies of Athletics Weeklies to confirm things like dates, positions and times.
"The message I hope readers take from Running to Catch Up is that any runner will only get out of this sport, what he or she is prepared to put in."
Since the publication of Running to Catch Up it has been given five-star reviews by captivated readers.
It has been described as 'a great insight', 'polished and professional' and 'an interesting, well-written book'.
Reader Carol Wolstenholme stated: "A very informative read from the first page to the last.
"I cannot recommend this book too highly."
For more details, visit Amazon and search for Peter Flatman, where the paperback and Kindle formats of Running to Catch Up are both available.
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