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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
 Peter Rachtman
 Gail  Werbin

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Comments (9)

 Adolfo Neto

Adolfo Neto

Excellent!

 Bas Gomes

Bas Gomes

This is a valuable relic and a window into another era. An innocent time before drugs in sport, when people ran for the pure pleasure of it. The Lydiards and Cerruty's of the world we will never see the likes of again.

 FRED

FRED

Tremendously interesting ! Thanks for sharing.

 shine

shine

very inspiring. These great people were so humble and modest!

 Chris Fielding

Chris Fielding

Brillant. I have just linked this page from my little barefoot blog. It is one of my favourite posts of the week and it is great to see the giants of our sport in action. Thankyou.
http://www.barefootbeginner.com/2012/07/21/the-best-5-barefoot-running-posts-from-the-blogosphere-this-week-are/

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  • Titan Films
  • Everard Films

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Quotes

To be a good runner you’ve got to be able to force yourself through this [pain] barrier ... 
Let’s face it if I’m training 365 days a year twice a day, it’s not to run second or third. 
Initially the climb up to the top — the ridges and that — is pretty tough, but once you’re up there it’s exhilarating: swooping up and down the hills and zapping along under six minutes a mile. Running to me in the first instance, is fun. 
There’s no short cut to the top 
I always like to hose me legs off whether it’s a long run or a short run [...] somebody once told me they did it to race horses, so I figured if it was good enough for race horses it was good enough for me! 

Awards

1980 San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Sports Film