The Greatest Race in History

Last week saw the publication of At Last He Comes by Norman Harris – I am proud to be associated with the production of this book, having been responsible for the jacket design and internal graphics.  I have taken the liberty of reproducing the original InDesign cover layout as the paperback version will be missing the fold-over flaps.  This is a shame because it not only undermines the design but omits some interesting facts about Norman which are not repeated elsewhere.  Click on the image to enlarge and discover something about ‘jogging’:

The Greatest Race in History

It is the story of the marathon from the 1908 London Olympics which starts around 2 minutes 57 seconds into this silent recording:


  1. Lignum Draco · September 6, 2013

    Congratulations on the cover. I must say I prefer hardcovers when available as the flap often enhances the book.

    One has to wonder why they don’t do the tug of war anymore? 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · September 6, 2013

      Many thanks – I agree, tug of war could be quite entertaining and much more relevant to the Olympic ideal than some that feature today e.g. the inclusion of golf from 2016 (and that from a keen golfer).

  2. easyweimaraner · September 6, 2013

    It’s a great cover. Thanks for sharing the video – I felt sorry for the guy on the vaulting horse, this job looks a little dangerous to me :o)

    • northumbrianlight · September 6, 2013

      Many thanks, Norman tells a ripping yarn too. I like the way the lady archers are dressed – I wonder if they wore the same outfits for the synchronised swimming 🙂

  3. sustainabilitea · September 6, 2013

    Congratulations and what a fascinating bit of film. It seems to odd not to have any music or talk. I got a kick out of the tug-o-war, too, and have to agree with Easy about the vaulting. I don’t think I’d like to be the man on top.


    • northumbrianlight · September 6, 2013

      Many thanks Janet – not quite London 2012 but maybe no worse for that. The stands look disappointingly empty for many of the events but I guess it was much more about taking part in those days.

  4. mflahertyphoto · September 6, 2013

    Hey that looks great!

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