|"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner"|
|Published in||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (collection)|
|Publisher||W. H. Allen Ltd|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" is a short story by Alan Sillitoe, published in 1959 as part of a short story collection of the same title. The work focuses on Smith, a poor Nottingham teenager from a dismal home in a working class area, who has bleak prospects in life and few interests beyond petty crime. The boy experiences social alienation and turns to long-distance running as a method of both emotional and physical escape from his situation. The story was adapted for a 1962 film of the same title. A new adaptation of the story is in development.