6 documentaries to inspire your next challenge

From insights into the lives of pro cycling teams to the journeys of amateur runners taking on their first marathons. These documentaries cover all that we love about endurance sports. The common thread - it's hard and the lows can be very low but the highs more than make up for it.

1 / Sean Conways Europe or Bust

A no holds barred insight into Sean Conway's attempt to set a new world record by cycling unsupported from Portugal to Russia in 24 days. It follows the many highs and lows of his journey and is up there as one of the best cycling docs of all time.

2 / The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

The Barkley Marathons and race Director, Gary Centrell, have gained a large cult following. For anyone yet to see it, the documentary film chronicles the challenge taken on by only a handful of runners each year. A true insight into will power and resolve. At worst, it should make your local fun run a little less…

3 / Spirit of the Marathon

Focussing on 6 runners as they train for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. The joy of this film is seeing the differences, and similarities, between the elite and non-elite runners that make up the group. Hearing one runner proclaim, ‘ I can pretty much do anything’ will get you wanting to grab your shoes and get out the…

4 / Running for Good

Following world record holder Fiona Oakes as she takes on one of the most daunting stage races on the planet, the Marathon des Sables.

5 / I Am Bolt

"I Am Bolt" gives an intimate look into the life and career Usain Bolt, widely considered the fastest man in history. The film follows Bolt in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics and provides a behind-the-scenes look at his training, personal life, and unprecedented success in the world of sprinting.

6 / Slaying the Badger

Friendship, rivalry, comebacks and betrayal. This one has it all. Greg Lemond takes a look back at the pivotal 1986 Tour de France and his increasingly fractured relationship with teammate Bernard Hinault, The Badger as they battle it out for the win.

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