I encountered the boldfaced expression while reading, and would like to know what it means:
And there, coming towards him, as if the rather antiquated expression had conjured him up was Alfred. But it was a different Alfred, pale, sweating, trembling, coming at a run toward. He took the wrist as the fist came at his chest and twisted it till Alfred was gritting his teeth and hissing through them. Secure in his knowledge of the cosmic nature of eating he grinned down at him.
- William Golding, Pincher Martin, Chapter 6
My assumption is that it could mean "to approach closer while running toward the narrator," but this is an unfamiliar constitution for me, so I wanted to ask you what it means.