Tough as Leather - The Story of Sporting Legend John Lenihan

An all-time great mountain runner from Kerry

Finally a book review on the blog. I’m not sure where I heard about this book, probably Twitter, but damn it’s a great story. I’d never heard of John Lenihan until 3 weeks ago. Then I read this Irish Times article and my jaw was on the floor. He has not only won the Carrauntoohil mountain race 19 times, he still holds the record of 1 hour 11 minutes and 43 seconds. Read that again. Up and down the highest mountain in Ireland in 1:11:43. Holy shit the man is a running machine.

Tough as Leather

His story is genuinely interesting and he comes across as a honourable talented hard-working man who will probably never get the adulation he deserves. The writing itself is very pedestrian but that’s ok, the story is strong enough to carry it. A recommended read if you have any interest in running, striving or making hard choices. You can buy it on Book Depository.

Conor O'Neill

Tech guy who likes running slowly

Bandon, Cork, Ireland