The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
• A boy called Smith as been put into a juvenile correction center for robbery. Smith counts himself lucky that the governor has identified him as a great runner and wants Smith to run in a local tournament.
• Every morning Smith wakes up ealry to go running. At first someone followed him on a bike but now he runs by himself.
• On his run Smith thinks back on his life, explaining why he is in Borstal.
• One day Smith and his friend see a bakery window open and decide to climb through and take the money from the safe. It all works out and they hide the money up a drainpipe outside Smith's front door.
• A policeman comes to talk to Smith about the robbery. Smith is rather unpleasant, a fact he later regrets. The second time the policeman comes it is raining...
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