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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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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. From university days to internment at Weihsien POW Camp, John Keddie’s biography brings together a specialist understanding of both Liddell’s faith and sporting achievements to provide an engaging account of this normal man’s extraordinary 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


Running the Race is the definitive biography of Eric Liddell and one can say with confidence that Liddell himself would have approved. Not only is John Keddie the foremost authority on Scottish athletics, but he is also a Presbyterian Minister uniquely placed to set Liddell's sporting achievements in the context of the bigger priority of his Christian faith and witness. This superbly researched book inspires on many levels.

Peter Lovesey, Crime writer & Athletics historian; National Union of Track Statisticians member

Former athlete and churchman John Keddie brings both sporting expertise and spiritual insight to this lucid and meticulous biography of the great Eric Liddell.

Sally Magnusson, Broadcaster (Reporting Scotland, Songs of Praise) & Author of several books, including ‘The Flying Scotsman: The Eric Liddell Story’
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