The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop
The true and heartbreaking story of a man the world came to know as The Ghost Runner
The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run.
Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared.
A legend was born.
Soon the world would know him as ‘the ghost runner’.
John Tarrant. The extraordinary man whom nobody could stop.
As a hapless teenage boxer in the 1950s, he’d been paid £17 expenses.
When he wanted to run, he was banned for life. His amateur status had been compromised. Forever.
Now he was fighting back, gatecrashing races all over Britain.
No number on his shirt. No friends in high places.
Soon he would be a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world has ever seen.
This is his true story: The Ghost Runner.
“A terrific story - a comic strip hero made flesh, with all the human complications that entails”
“Tarrant's poignant story is wonderfully refreshing and beautifully told”
“A fantastic story of the underdog”
“Makes fascinating reading”
Manchester Evening News
“Bill Jones used to make documentaries, and he retains that discipline's eye for telling details and evocative shots”
“An astounding story”
“A remarkable story”
“A grimly compelling account”
“Jones has unearthed and told quite brilliantly the tragic story of a man condemned not only be authority but also by his own stubbornness”