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On the Run Short Film – 1979 Sport Documentary

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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.

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Barrie Everard

Executive Producer

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Gary Hansen

Cinematographer

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Sparky Greene

Director

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