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On the Run

Short Film (Full Length) – 1979

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This film showcases legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard's training methods, through some of his most famous pupils — including John Walker and Heather Thompson. 'Arthur's boys' (Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Barry Magee) scored attention by winning unheralded medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Lydiard later led the 'flying Finns' to similar success. His method revolves around long runs that build stamina to complement speed. It was influential in popularising jogging globally. A highlight of the footage is Jack Foster's exhilarating descent of a steep scree slope.

Let’s face it if I’m training 365 days a year twice a day, it’s not to run second or third.
– John Walker

Key Cast & Crew

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Gary Hansen

Cinematographer

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Barrie Everard

Executive Producer

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Sparky Greene

Director

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Jan Kenney

Assistant Camera

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Bobby Goodman

Composer

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Emil Razpopov

Sound

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Produced by

  • Titan Films

  • Everard Films