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Today I’d like to share another fact about Houghboy, I am a massive film buff.  When I’m not out running, I’m glued to the sofa, watching movies at an alarming rate.  I try to watch at least one new film a day (one that I haven’t seen before that is), and often do several back to back.  My record at the cinema is 5 films in a single visit.  A ‘movie marathon’ if you will.  In fact, I’ve won more film quizes than I have races (I haven’t won any races).

I’ve watched films while running at home on the treadmill, and enjoyed the comfort ‘n’ convenience, but I was more interested in doing a Spider-man double bill, than anything else.

With this in mind, I invite you to join me in discovering a few films about running.  Perhaps we can share our thoughts and opinions, or offer any further recommendations in the comments section.  If you’re going to laze around in front of the box, you might as well be watching something inspirational.  I remember the way Rocky II used to make me feel, as Adrian whispered in Rocky’s ear “win”, then louder “WIN!”  Perhaps we can all enjoy something just as exciting, but without the mountain of cheese.


The following list should get us all started, and I’ve commented on the couple I’ve seen so far.

Across the Tracks (1991)

Athlete (2010)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Seen it. Can’t fault this one.  The last time I saw it I was on a plane home from Japan, and it had me so engrossed I almost forgot about the 7hrs of extreme turbulence.  Chances are, even if you’ve never seen it, you’ll recognise the score by Vangelis.  Film: 10/10.

You're humming the theme already.

Endurance (1999)

Gallipoli (1981)

Seen it.  A war movie, but about runners fighting in Turkey during WWI.  It has what I remember to be a very sad ending.  Box of tissues at the ready then… 6/10.

Young Mel in fine form.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Tried it.  I know I’m gonna get shot for this, but I found this a bit tiresome, and the accents were very forced.  I turned it off half way through, after so much ‘grim up north’ over-statement it hurt.  I don’t remember any actual running by the time I gave up.  I’ll try and watch it in full, but it’s a bit heavy handed for my taste.  So far I’d say 3/10, but I’m sure it’ll gain a couple of points when I’ve given it the proper respect.

Marathon (2005)

Marathon Man (1976)

Seen it.  Ok, not a film about running, but a damn good thriller that happens to be about a fella who runs.  Highly recommended.  10/10.

My Run (2009)

On the Edge (1986)

Not seen, but definately the top of my to do list, as it stars the legend that is Mr. Bruce Dern.


Personal Best (1982)

Also on my to do list.  Written and directed by the great Robert Towne, who penned classics Chinatown, and The Last Detail.  He also wrote Without Limits (below).  It co-stars Scott Glenn, who apparently performed 2000 push ups in front of the cast while filming Urban Cowboy.

Prefontaine (1997)

Running Brave (1983)

Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story (1995)

Without Limits (1998)

There we are then folks, happy viewing.




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