The Second Lap

A childhood in a small Irish town, a young adulthood managing posh pubs in London and then starting a family in Paris, France. On the surface it may sound like a perfect life trajectory. But for Malcolm McLoughlin it was also a slow descent into hell. Always an outsider, in his teenage years Malcolm thought he’d found his calling as a drummer in an Irish rock band. But even music wasn’t enough to satisfy an inner craving for acceptance. He played the drums hard and he drank hard. Never one to do anything halfway, he tried to balance his extreme drinking with extreme running, until the drinking took over, plummeting him into a downward spiral from which there seemed no escape. As the father of a young son and autistic daughter he loved dearly, he tried to keep his demons at bay through sheer willpower, but still his addiction had him staring down at an abyss that nearly took his life.

The Second Lap is Malcolm’s harrowing and yet triumphant story of how his faith in God pulled him back from the brink, transforming him from one more alcoholic statistic into a father and ultra-runner who now inspires thousands with his message of hope and endurance.

"His life unraveled and running helped him stitch it back together again. A fascinating yarn about dealing with the devil and against all odds emerging victorious."

-Dean Karnazes, New York Times Bestselling Author of Ultramarathon Man.


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Malcolm does an incredible job of inviting you into the deepest, darkest, and most intimate moments of his life. While most who read this book will never be able to fully grasp the depths, his writing allows you to have incredible emotional responses. You will be captivated by the incredible stories that have made him who he is today. It has challenged my own life and inspired me to be all that I can be. The main message is within the last couple chapters, however knowing his honesty of his past invites you further into his story.

          - Ryan, Colorado Springs, USA.

This story had me fixated from the moment I started reading. To hear people's stories, to me, is one of the main things that makes us human. Connection. Relationship. Life change. I highly recommend this book.

         - JB, Mongloia.

A well-written, gripping, and emotional memoir that bolsters my faith for the lap I'm currently running and that heightens my anticipation for the lap that is soon to come!

         - Elaine Olsen, USA.

Brutally honest and hard to put down...After reading this book, you'll believe in miracles!

         - Jerry & Shelly, Germany.

Brilliant, honest, raw, and inspiring, this book is a must read for runners and people who love life (or want to come alive). Highly recommend this memoir!

         - Tim, Colorado Springs, USA.

I very rarely come across a book that I find hard to put down, and I have the attention span of a goldfish when reading - But this memoir is phenomenal and I could not put it down ... hooked from the first page to the last, read 260 pages in under 12 hours! A very raw, honest, part HILARIOUS, part gut-wrenching, beautifully written book that had me on an emotional roller-coaster ride from start to end!

        - Bruce, South Africa.

A truly inspiring read and a true story that needed to be told. Malcolm's journey is gripping from the get go. He writes beautifully, engrossing and transporting his reader. This is the best book I've read in a long, long time and is a must. I can't speak highly of it enough. I would if I could get my jaw off the floor!

         - Trev, London, UK.