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On the Run Short Film – 1979 Sport

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This film showcases legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard's training methods through the example of his acolytes, including reigning Olympic 1,500m champ John Walker. 'Arthur's boys' (Snell, Halberg, Magee) scored attention by winning unheralded medals (two golds and a bronze) at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Lydiard later led the 'flying Finns' to similar success. His method revolves around building stamina to complement speed, and was influential in popularising jogging globally. Beautifully filmed, a doco highlight is Jack Foster's exhilarating scree slope descent.

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Sparky Greene

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Gail Werbin

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Andy Wiskes

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To be a good runner you’ve got to be able to force yourself through this [pain] barrier ...
- Heather Thompson