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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 July 2015
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JULY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The Road to Sparta The Spartathlon will be documented in the feature-length film The Road to Sparta. PHOTO: AP/ PETROS GIANNAKOURIS Documentary on gruelling 240 km Greek trek nearing finish line Less than three months before the 2015 Spartathlon, documentary makers Barney Spender and Roddy Gibson have unveiled the first trailer of their film The Road to Sparta, a crowdfunded project primarily intended to prove to viewers that there are indeed runners who can cover over 240 kilometres in a day and a half in the Greek heat. The feature-length film, shot during the 2014 Spartathlon, focuses on four runners including ‘Ultramarathon Man’ Top of the table clash for Spartans The Hawthorn Spartans will be looking to maintain their excellent home record when they take on the top of the table Old Xaverians today. The Spartans, currently sitting second, have not lost a home game since 2011 and the match will serve as a curtain-raiser before the finals, where both teams will likely meet again. A large crowd is expected at Rathmines Reserv e in Hawthorn, with the first bounce scheduled at 11.40am. Warren Barguil narrowly escapes a collision with stray cows at the Tour de France on Wednesday. PHOTO: TWITTER/@SKYCYCLING. Dean Karnazes, who was taking part in the gruelling race from Athens to Sparta for the first time. "I don't know if I have ever suffered so much," says Karnazes, a veteran of the Badwater, Western States, and South Pole competitions and just about every other tough ultramarathon on the planet. The film - independently financed through crowdfunding and supported by Aegean Airlines - also features New York-born Greek nurse Angela Terzi as well as two Britons, Mark Woolley and Rob Pinnington. "The purpose of making the film in the first place was that I was a bit fed up of trying to convince people I was telling the truth," says Spender, a veteran sports journalist who spent five years living in Athens. "I would try to explain that the race involved 350 runners trying to go 246 km in 36 hours and people thought I was having them on. "I was fascinated by the history of the race, which has its roots in the run made by Pheidippides before the Battle of Marathon; and also by what motivates the runners to go through the pain and the fatigue of running through the night, with blisters, exhaustion, diarrhoea, the works, along busy highways, up mountain passes at midnight, just to reach Sparta and kiss the feet of Leonidas. There is no prize money in the race, just the satisfaction of reaching the end. "I thought the best way to tell the story, the only way really, was by showing everyone the gory and the glory." Original music, some of which can be heard on the trailer, is being scored by the Manchester-based Greek band Old House Playground, who are working with experienced producer Clive Martin, the man who helped David Byrne to an Oscar for his work on The Last Emperor. The Road to Sparta is slated to be finished in September 2015. Source: Kathimerini Moo-ve out of my way!
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