Five Hour Pilgrim a novel by Tom Cottrell
How do you measure personal success? After reading this book, your definition will change forever.
This is a story of life; a search for meaning. Tom Cottrell spends his fiftieth year on a personal pilgrimage, running a marathon on every continent. His quest – the growth of his Soul. The standard marathon is made up of twenty miles of hope followed by six miles of truth. Join the Five Hour Pilgrim’s marathon effort as he discovers his own Spirit.
Tom Cottrell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Renowned for his best-loved annual The Runners’ Guide to Road Races in South Africa, he has inspired hundreds of athletes at all levels to achieve their goals. Tom is chairman of Hospice-in-the-West.
What the critics say:
"Tom Cottrell writes with raw honesty about events and feelings that most of us try to suppress, much less express in public. His philosophy of goodness and indestructible optimism has been forged by hardship that began before his birth. This is a story of a life lived to the full. A life without the need for excuses. Not now. Not ever." Professor Tim Noakes, University of Cape Town and Sports Science Institute of South Africa. Author of Lore of Running
"Husbandhood, fatherhood, Southafricanism, travelogue, success and failure and which is which, a pinch of Gibran and a dash of Descartes ... Tom turns his runner's eyes to a startlingly wide world, and records it with unveiled pen. " Denis Beckett, Award-winning author, publisher, TV producer
"Tom writes and runs in the heartbeat of every moment. The reader runs with him" Dr Dorian Haarhoff, former Professor of English Literature, University of Namibia. Writer, mentor, poet, storyteller. Author of The Writer’s Voice.