Graduation film from the National Film and Television School. Shortlisted for a Royal Television Society student award and screened at Visions Du Reel; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Munich Festival of Filmschools.
An intimate and arresting portrayal of the frequently brutal world of top level athletics, revealing the mental and physical barriers confronted by the runners as they pursue their dreams. A world in which agony, ecstasy, winning and losing are separated by a hundredth of a second.

Visions Du Réel Catalogue:

"We are all familiar with sportscasts images: sprinters hunched over in their starting blocks, waiting for the starting pistol, long-distance athletes running round after round on the tartan track. They have become a common sight for TV viewers. In Sprinters, Sam Blair wrests fascinating new images from this apparent normality. In the course of the two months preceding the seasons start, he accompanied a handful of British sprinters during their training once again highlighting the extraordinary. 

Blair has shot his film strictly from an observers perspective, without interviews or statements. In a rigorous sound-image composition nurtured by an aesthetic camera and implacable editing, the filmmaker bends his theme into shape, delivering a breathtaking account of everyday training, in which winning and losing, exploits and failures, are separated by a hundredth of a second."