July 2021

Relentless: secrets of the sporting elite

Twice an Olympic gold medallist, twice world champion, four times European champion – triathlete Alistair Brownlee (Sports Science and Physiology 2010) is the University’s most decorated sporting alum. In a new book, Alistair talks to legends such as Sir Ian Botham, Michael Owen and Paula Radcliffe about the secrets behind their success. And we have five signed copies to give away.

From an early age, Alistair Brownlee was obsessed with being the very best – not just improving his own sporting performance, but also understanding how a winner becomes a dominant champion.

Now, as a double Olympic gold medal winner, and multiple European and World champion triathlete, Alistair has built on his own experiences and that of many other sporting superstars to explore what enables remarkable individuals to rise to the very top, and to push the limits of human capability.

Over the last four years Alistair (Sports Science and Physiology 2010) has been on a journey to learn from the best, talking to elite figures across multiple sports as well as leading thinkers and scientists, to discover what it takes to become – and remain – a champion. His interviewees included cricketers Ian Botham and Alastair Cook, cyclists Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, footballer Michael Owen, athlete Paula Radcliffe, golfer Ian Poulter, kayaker Anna Hemmings and swimmer Ian Thorpe.

In his new book Relentless – Secrets of the Sporting Elite, Alistair uses these fascinating interviews, along with extensive research, to reveal how talent alone is never enough, and how hard work, pain, pressure, stress, risk, focus, sacrifice, innovation, passion, ruthlessness and even failure can all play a crucial part in achieving sustained success.

Relentless – Secrets of the Sporting Elite is published by Harper Collins, priced £20. But we have five copies, signed by Alistair Brownlee, to give away.  To enter just answer the following questions and we'll pick out five lucky winners at random.