11 minutes of inspiration
A few days after Jay and I decided to turn RunEurope into a thing, a friend of ours recommended a short film called The Runners. It was released back in November 2013, by two brave film-makers - Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley. Their mission was to tap into the inner dialogue of people whilst they run. It's a question I've asked quite a few of my friends - what do you think about when you're running?
To find the answers, Ivo and Matan followed runners around Victoria Park asking some extremely personal questions. It could have been a recipe for disaster but instead, people opened up and dictated their thoughts with a surprising level of clarity and honesty. There's some pretty moving moments, both heart-breaking and heart-warming. Ultimately it's a fantastic reminder of why we run, how it clears our minds and helps us to keep in touch with how we really feel. See for yourself here:
I'm hoping that everyone involved in RunEurope can use their training to achieve the same clarity that the runners in this film have shown. That said, it doesn't have to be a journey to understand ourselves (maybe you just want to run and zone out). Either way, the film should spur you on to get out there and run!
You can read more about how the film was made on Ivo and Matan's article in the Guardian.
Big thanks to Dom English for showing us the film :)