Who was Arthur Lydiard?

Arthur Lydiard was a very significant distance running coach from New Zealand and his legacy has had significant influence over the coaching of runners today. He has become known in making running or jogging popular during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Quite a few have even proposed that Lydiard possibly even invented jogging. Lydiard trained numerous Olympic winners from NZ in the 60s (Peter Snell, Murray Halberg and Barry Magee) and had a substantial impact through other mentors on various other notable New Zealand runners such as John Walker who was the first person to run greater than 100 sub-4 minute miles in addition to run a mile faster than 3 minutes and 50 second. Arthur was born 6 July 1917 and died on 11 December 2004 at the age of 87. Lydiard has was given many awards in his own NZ along with Finland in which his mentoring has been accountable for an increase of Finnish long distance running during the early 70s. The periodical, Runners World named him as the RW coach of the century for their millennium issue. As an athlete himself, Lydiard competed in the marathon at the 1950 British Empire Games, completing 13th having a time of 2hr 54m. Lydiard’s influence on athletics continues to be great and way beyond his own results as an athlete himself.

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