Runners in London

Today was the London marathon. I watched last year, marvelling at the runners, wanting to take part. I entered the ballot but was unsuccessful … but it gave me the spur I needed to enter and run Barcelona marathon instead. I’m going to enter the ballot again this year.

And as a tribute to the runners of London … this video:

Posted by the Londonist, it’s a short film by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley – they took a bike and a camera onto the parks of London and asked runners questions while they were running.

The results are fascinating and transformative: a collection of honest confessions and personal stories of an existential nature that seem effortlessly captured by the filmmakers with moments of rare insight and true human empathy. It’s a terrific documentary that will make you want to get your running shoes on too.

The most touching bit for me came at around 7min 27. However, one thing struck me as odd … three women are interviewed. The first talks about wanting to get married to someone that doesn’t want to marry her, the second talks about sex (not wanting to have as much sex as her husband) and the third talks about children – not having them when she’d wanted them. It just seemed a bit … odd …

But the film itself is lovely – watch it and then let me know what you think!


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