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Running the RaceEric Liddell – Olympic Champion and Missionary

Running the Race

Eric Liddell – Olympic Champion and Missionary

John W. Keddie
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His eyes were on the prize. For Eric Liddell, there was only one race to run and only one glory to gain: the glory of God.


The name Eric Liddell is a familiar one to many, having gained much fame through the film Chariots of Fire. A Christian athlete and missionary, his passion for his Saviour could be seen throughout his life. 


As a sport historian and an advisor for the Chariots of Fire movie, John Keddie is well qualified to document Eric Liddell’s life. With an impressive depth of understanding, Keddie’s biography spans his university days in Edinburgh, sporting achievements at the Paris Olympics, mission in China and internment at Weihsien POW Camp.


In this engaging account of this man’s extraordinary journey, Keddie takes readers beyond the heart of sport to the heart of life.


John W. Keddie

About John W. Keddie

John Keddie is a Christian minister and writer. His previous works include a highly–regarded centenary history of Scottish Athletics. His connection to Eric Liddell comes through an advisory position that he held for the movie Chariots of Fire.


  • Author: John W. Keddie
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527105317
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


In a world increasingly fascinated by sports it is difficult to find an athlete worthy of deep admiration. John Keddie’s account of the great Eric Liddell presents all of the drama of his athletic accomplishment while also preserving the character and faith that fueled this remarkable life. More than the medals won, this book reveals the shining greatness of Liddell to be the humble, yet gutsy, spirit that drove him to ‘press toward the goal for the prize’ (Phil. 3:14) – whether in the classroom, on the track, or in the mission–field.

Joe Barnard, Pastor, Holyrood Evangelical Church, Edinburgh Author of The Way Forward, and Surviving the Trenches

It is abundantly clear from these pages that the driving force in Liddell’s life was love for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and that he lived by the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 9:10: ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.’ This is an inspiring and challenging account of the life of a truly inter–continental hero and will be enjoyed by the sporting enthusiast and Christian alike.

Euan Murray, Former Scottish Rugby Union Player
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