The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner"
Collection first edition
AuthorAlan Sillitoe
CountryUnited Kingdom
Genre(s)Social realism
Published inThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (collection)
PublisherW. H. Allen Ltd
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Publication date1959

"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.[1] 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.[2]

  1. ^ "Alan Sillitoe". 25 April 2010 – via
  2. ^ "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner". 18 August 2020 – via