Lonely runner

Assembly for key stage 2 and pupils about sport and determination

Lone runner aiming for London 2012 dur 2.31

Teacher script to introduce film

Olympic and paralympic value

  • Determination

Have you ever run in a race? Maybe on sports day? How did it feel to race against the boys and girls running next to you?

Now imagine running that race on your own. Could you keep going at your fastest pace if you were alone?

This film is about a man who wants to compete in the Olympics, but he has no-one to train with.

Going solo: 5000m training

  • Qualifying time 13:20
  • Nader's personal best: 14:00

His name's Nader el Masri and he was the only athlete from a place called Gaza to compete at the last Olympics in 2008.

Gaza is a strip of land, west of Israel. There's no running track, but there are miles of beaches, so Nader trains alone on the sand.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like a copy of this film to download

Ask the Assemby Question

Has anyone run on sand? What difference does it make to your running?

Where does Nader live? Which country did he visit for special training?

Do you think it's easier running on your own, or more difficult?

What do you think motivates Nader to keep going?

Since the film was made, we've found out that Nader hasn't qualified for the Olympics but says he'll keep running.

Ask the Assembly Question

Would you carry on running if you didn't qualify?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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