Guinness World Record holder Martin Parnell shows how, at 62 years of age, he devoted himself to beating his personal running records set in his 40s and 50s, and to get into the best shape of his life.
In May 2017 Martin Parnell tackled the Calgary 150km Ultra Marathon. He didn't finish. This was just one of a number of racing disappointments he had encountered over recent years and he found that he was running slower and slower.
Parnell realised that he had to do something drastic if he was to turn things around. To accomplish this Martin realised he would need the best shoes, best gear, best nutrition and of course the best coach. Martin knew just the trainer: Malc Kent. Kent is a highly experienced coach and one of the leading experts in the world in remote and wearable gait analysis. He has coached athletes in more than 10 countries and performed more than 4000 gait analysis on runners of all levels, all over the world.
In this book Martin and Malc show the importance of the runner / coach relationship especially in terms of the older athlete, while also resonating with anyone who wants to challenge themselves or learn something new. Remember: Age is just a number!
About the authors
Martin Parnell started his “Quests for Kids” initiative in 2010 after a 25-year career in the mining industry. Over the next five years he completed 10 “Quests.” These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. By the end of 2014 over $1.3-million had been raised for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope. Martin is a member of the Rotary Club and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2013 he was named as one of the Calgary Herald’s “20 Compelling Calgarians.” Martin has made numerous keynote presentations across Canada to groups such as IdeaCity, Sun Life Financial, Canadian Wealth Management, Avanti Software, Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Alberta Association of Recreation Facilities Personnel, Centron Construction and over 100 schools. Martin’s first book, Marathon Quest (RMB 2012), was listed as one of Alberta's top five books for that year by CBC Radio. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.
Malcolm Kent is a professional applied scientist specializing in gait analysis and strength training for runners. He originally began running competitively as a teenager in the UK in both cross country and orienteering at the National Championship level. During a 14-year period as a competitive climber representing Great Britain (31 world cups and world championships) Malcolm continued to channel his love of running in his free time by coaching runners around the world and investigating running injury prevention and performance methods. Since 2011 Malcolm has worked with leading companies in the world of running technology, including Garmin, Nike, Adidas, Stryd, RunScribe and more. He has also consulted to the world renowned NN Running Team in Kenya and is generally regarded as the leading expert in the world in the area of outdoor and remote gait analysis for running injury prevention. Malcolm lives in Calgary, Alberta.