Vanishing Footprints tells the life stories of Mike McNamara and Herb Hedemann two of Australia’s outstanding but forgotten long distance runners of the 1920’s. This is not just a story of their running exploits but of their lives that took them around the world from the battlefields of Gallipoli to the diamond mines of South Africa and to the crowded rooming houses of New York in the Great Depression.
Little known in Australia, they were among the leading long-distance runners of their era. Between them they had won world championships, set world records and showed amazing endurance as they competed in the trans-continental Bunion Derby races that crossed America.
Vanishing Footprints is available directly from the author. For Australian purchasers the cost is $28 (AUD) plus $7.00 postage. Postage to UK, Europe, America and Canada is $16 (AUD).
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The book was launched on 30 November 2021 in Brisbane a city where Mike and Herb both lived at various stages of their life. The launch was attended by a group of descendants of the two runners.
Paul Circosta is an author, historian and storyteller who delves into the stories and lives of distinctive but less publicly known sporting people and events. Vanishing Footsteps is his first biography and tells the engrossing life stories of two Australian long-distance runners from the 1920’s who took on challenged the world’s best long-distance athletes in races in North America.
He is a member of the Queensland Writers Centre, Australian Society for Sports History, and the International Society of Olympic Historians. He has had a long career as a competitive runner and lives in Brisbane, Australia where is a member of several running groups.